I was chatting to my son about the British really popular Police drama Line of Duty. I was interested as he's a Police Officer here. I expected him to moan about Police process mistakes, or the things they do, but no - his complaint was the interview recorders which are the latest type - solid state and when you hit the button they make the long loud tone, before they start recording. He says they don't do this - just a pip or two to indicate they have started.
I have some questions about digitizing audio cassette tapes. I have done it many times, but this is more about optimizing the quality.
Here’s what I am thinking:
- Cassette deck. Obviously the better the cassette deck, the better the captured quality. I have one that I am happy with.
- Computer to record the audio signal from the cassette deck. I have a Mac.
- adapter or converter? this is where I am stuck.
I have about 250 vinyl albums between my dad and I, and at least 3 irreplaceable cassette demos from my old days, and tons of other commercial cassettes.
I'm not looking for boutique quality but I'm looking for something pro, or very close to it. I'm going to be feeding a brand new set of comverters (RME adi -2 pro slated right now) so I've got that end covered.
I've recently rediscovered all my old four track recordings from the 80's and 90's (yes, I'm getting on a bit!) and want to listen to them again, however, I do not have the original Tascam Porta 05 four track recorder they were recorded on - does anyone know if I could successfully play these tapes back on any cassette based 4 track recorder, or will they only really respond to being played back on another Tascam Porta 05? (they seem to be a bit rare on the UK ebay site!)
Thanks in advance.
I am transferring cassette tapes with a Nakamichi MR-1 deck. I have connected the deck's balanced XLR outputs to my mixing console's XLR microphone inputs. Is there a big difference between using the XLR inputs on the board and utilizing the mic preamps, versus the 1/4" line-level inputs? Are there any reasons not to use the XLRs? I couldn't tell a real difference in A/B comparison, but I had been led to believe that line-level inputs (of most boards in general) were supposed to be more stable with electronic devices and have better sound.
I would like to have them digitized and any necessary EQ / noise reduction performed, so that I can burn a few CD-Rs for church members.
There are dozens of outfits on the 'net offering this service starting at ten bucks a tape, but I don't get the impression that too many of them know about (for example) adjusting the azimuth when playing back the tapes.
Does anyone know if there is a 'pro' microcassette player out there? Maybe not pro, but I'm wondering if there is one that has a better output than a 2.5mm.
I sent a cassette off to a studio some months back and it also had the same problem, heres what the guy said..