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    Default Audio tapes to digital

    I have a couple cassettes I recorded in the mid-late 1980's of various trains passing by. Was wondering if there is a simple (and hopefully inexpensive) way to transfer the audio to digital form (to my computer).

    (longs to hear Missouri Pacific/ex-Rock Island) GP38-2's horns again)



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    If you don't have a sound card and mic input on your computer, try this gizmo.

    http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h1/

    I've got some good recording off one and they are less than $100 on Amazon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by April View Post
    I have a couple cassettes I recorded in the mid-late 1980's of various trains passing by. Was wondering if there is a simple (and hopefully inexpensive) way to transfer the audio to digital form (to my computer).

    (longs to hear Missouri Pacific/ex-Rock Island) GP38-2's horns again)



    April
    I recently picked up a USB tape to mp3 converter for approx $40.00 Canadian.

    I checked online and Amazon carries it:

    http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=i...nverter&page=1

    Will MacKenzie
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    Will MacKenzie
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    What kind of device do you have to play the cassette on?

    If you're not looking for audiophile quality I have some under $10 solutions for you (line connection types -no mics).
    Jeff

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    I connected a cable from the headphones output on the cassette deck to the line in on my computer's audio card. I then used a free program downloaded from the internet, such as Freecorder, to record to the hard drive in MP3 format.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDJeff View Post
    What kind of device do you have to play the cassette on?

    If you're not looking for audiophile quality I have some under $10 solutions for you (line connection types -no mics).
    It's a portable desktop cassette recorder.

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    Probably this connector will work, on the cassette deck plug in to line out or speaker and plug in to the "line in" on your computer.

    http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...uctId=12475706

    Your MS Windows should have this program "Sound Recorder" installed. http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d....mspx?mfr=true
    Jeff

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    Thanks everyone on the info.



    April
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