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Ripping cassette to CD or digital files?
Does anyone local to me have a decent way to rip old audio cassettes to CD, or right to digital files (AAC or MP3)? I have some old cassettes, both commercial and some I recorded as a kid, that I'd like to transfer to a modern format. I have a cassette deck for my stereo (currently in a box since I haven't used it in years), but I don't have a good capture device. Just feeding it into the mic port on my laptop seems like it would be a poor solution.

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jarodrussell From: jarodrussell Date: September 7th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Just feeding it into the mic port on my laptop seems like it would be a poor solution.

I'm not if there is another way.
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kviri From: kviri Date: September 8th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
"One solution would be an inexpensive USB audio device..."

Steve, any thoughts on this? I picked one up, cheap (even cheaper than that, I think), a while back... It's only analog input, but if he's just ripping cassettes, that probably doesn't matter.
wedgex From: wedgex Date: September 7th, 2007 11:34 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That is, actually, probably your best option combined with either a shareware editing program or something commercial like Roxio's RecordNow (or Spin Doctor if you're running a Mac), which will probably simplify sorting stuff into tracks and which I believe will also clean up the audio a bit if you like.
cassiusdrow From: cassiusdrow Date: September 7th, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
If you want to throw money at the issue, there is this PC Cassette deck from ThinkGeek. There is a review here. (I've never used it.)
kaetien From: kaetien Date: September 8th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I can vouch for this handy device.

I bought this for my dad last year and he LOVES it. Comprehensive directions and easy to use. Also, pretty cheap! Hope this helps.
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