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    She who must be obeyed Super Moderator piaqt's Avatar
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    cassette tape to PC?

    Is there any known method of transposing content from a cassette tape to a PC or CD while mantaining resonably decent audio quality?

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    Use a good cassette deck, decent audio cables to a high-end audio card (preferably external USB or FireWire audio card). Record real-time, with high resolution and high sampling frequency, using normal recording software. Downsample/compress afterwards, as needed.

    The M-audio soundcards (external and internal) are well thought of by audiophiles dabbling in PC-based sound systems. They also work well on the Mac.

    Good external soundcards to use is the M-audio Audiophile USB and M-audio FireWire Solo, which comes with the software needed to do recording.

    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...eUSB-main.html
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...Solo-main.html

    A cheaper solution is the M-audio Audiophile 2496, which is a PCI card. It also has the required software.
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...2496-main.html

    (No, I'm not affiliated with M-audio in any kind, BTW)

    If you want to do it very simple - use a tape deck and a CD recorder. You can then rip it to the PC from the CD if needed.
    You can probably find a used CD recorder on e-bay.

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    Pia, I bought Microsoft Plus for about $35 two yrs ago and use it for LP and cassette to digital. been satisfied enough not to upgrade. It has an analog recorder and converter that lets you go to digital w/in your existing machine (It's just a software program that you install) The patch cords are pretty expensive, though and you'll probably need a pre-amp for your turntable. The biggest problem is when your friends find out that you can do it. They will try to get X-fer all of their old stuff. Good Luck! I tell them; "Sure! Come on over and I'll show you just what to do!" DRB

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    You could go with this Cassette to Mp3 ripper:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/mp3/85fb/

    Or, why rip when you can add a cassette player to your PC:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/7a8d/

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    Hello,

    has anyone heard of this product ?

    http://www.xitel.com/USA/prod_inportdl.htm

    if so any reviews ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripe View Post
    You could go with this Cassette to Mp3 ripper:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/mp3/85fb/

    Or, why rip when you can add a cassette player to your PC:

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/7a8d/
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