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transferring from analog tape recordings to DAW

I'm looking at a widely divergent set of opinions everywhere and am really confused.
What are the basics I need to transfer my analog recordings(done on a 4 track tascam mk-2 424 portastudio-most of them 2-3 channels)to DAW effectively?I'm looking to transfer the files to DAW for edting,tweaking and basic mastering purposes.
I did read about an A-D converter,but which type?
Do I need a special type interface/software?
I hope someone can give me the basics,cause quite frankly,all this can get somewhat confusing. :x

much love and respect, :lol:


BladeSG Wed, 01/26/2005 - 07:29

Depends really on your audio interface as audio cards have analog to digital converters generally on the PCI card or sometimes in a breakout box unless of course your audio interface is USB or Firewire variety.

All you need to do is connect direct tape outputs from the 4 track to your PC audio interface (if in fact this tape machine has individual tape outputs for each channel). Ideally you'd want to setup some sort of syn between PC and 4 Track (likely to be MIDI for a 4 track tape based machine) unless you have enough inputs on your audio interface to transfer all 4 tracks simultaneously.