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Steakboy

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#1 13 years ago

Hey, I've been poking around a little but I havn't come up with much. Is there any way to easily get information from a casette tape to your computer? I heard some people talk about an rca to 1/8 stereo adapter, but I don't know if that would work or not, and I have no idea how to use it even if I did find it. I have a taped interview of someone for a school report and there's A LOT of background noise that I'd like to clear up so I can use it better and not have to guess what he's saying, which I believe I can do on the computer with Audacity or something, but getting it there is the hard part. Anyone know anything about this subject?




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#2 13 years ago

Hmmm...try recording a digital sound file OF the cassete using your PC or ahandheld recorder from olympus n' such.




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#3 13 years ago

If you can set up your tape player as a microphone in the setting then it should work. If you have an audio out on your tape recorded then you can do it.

All you need is a cable with an RCA male and female(who ever though to call them that should be shot) connectors on it. Just stick the RCA to 1/8 on the female end and plug it into your mic port.

http://www.radioshack.com/iphraseget.asp?perPage=25&groupBy=&sortBy=iphrase+relevance&command=text&attr1=RCA+to+1%2F8&attr2=undefined&q=25&ia=1&s=%24__session__%24&s0=iphrase+relevance%2F%2F0&t=0&i=oid&c1=i%3A770%3BCategory%2Cdescription%2Cdescriptive+title%2Cmodel%2Coid%2Cproduct%2Cspecial_price%2CBrand%3B1%2C8%2CRCA%3B%3A1%2C%3A8%2C%3Arca%3B%2B0+%2B1+%2B2&c0=e%3A140%2F%2Fotype%2F%2F%3Aeq%2F%2Fsku&s1=oid%2F%2F1&as=1&render=1&text=&sf=&x=0&y=0

those are some RCA to 1/8 connectors




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#4 13 years ago

His suggestion pwned mine...use his.




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#5 13 years ago

Yep. Just use either one of those RCA connectors or a standard Audio Male-to-Male cable, depending on your stereo's output, to connect your stereo's headphone or line-out socket to your PC's line-in socket. Then record using the appropriate software. Just remember that Windows Sound Recorder can only record 60 seconds worth of data, so you're probably better off with a third-party recording application.




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#6 13 years ago

Ok, another question. I can now find no rca hook up for my tape deck :uhm: My little handheld recorder that I used for the conversation has a port for headphones (and one labeled DC3V that I don't know what it is). Is there any way to hook from the headphone port to the mic port on the computer? It looks like they take the same connection, but I can't be 100% sure about that, I dunno :clueless:




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#7 13 years ago

Try a mini-plug(headphone) that has male plugs on both ends. I'm not sure it will work sorry :(




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#8 13 years ago

Well if you plan on doing this a lot then you could drop $150 on this thing. http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/6908/ I suppose it would be worth it if you have to do this a lot for school, or you could just buy a small mp3 player that has a built in mic, then upload it to your computer that way.




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#9 13 years ago
SteakboyOk, another question. I can now find no rca hook up for my tape deck :uhm: My little handheld recorder that I used for the conversation has a port for headphones (and one labeled DC3V that I don't know what it is). Is there any way to hook from the headphone port to the mic port on the computer? It looks like they take the same connection, but I can't be 100% sure about that, I dunno :clueless:

That's what I suggested. ;) You can pick up Male-to-Male headphone-sized (3mm) audio jacks at just about any hardware store. I use one to take audio from my TV tuner and feed it into my soundcard. There's no reason why the same won't apply to a casette recorder; it will just be taking the sound from the tape instead.




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#10 13 years ago
SteakboyOk, another question. I can now find no rca hook up for my tape deck :uhm: My little handheld recorder that I used for the conversation has a port for headphones (and one labeled DC3V that I don't know what it is). Is there any way to hook from the headphone port to the mic port on the computer? It looks like they take the same connection, but I can't be 100% sure about that, I dunno :clueless:

DC3V will mean Direct Current at 3V, which is a power input. The headphone socket is an output, meaning you can put this into your microphone input on your sound card and (should) get a sound.