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Necrologue



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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:44 pm    Post subject: Ripping Cassettes Reply with quote

I'm looking to start ripping the cassettes I own. I have a USB preamp with RCA connectors for it (I've ripped vinyl before). However, I don't own a cassette deck.

I'm concerned with the quality I'll get with what I use to rip the audio. Is it better to get an older deck with RCA connectors or a newer deck with a USB connector? I'm wary about the digital cassette decks, since digital record players tend to produce lower-quality audio.

Also, any specific model recommendations for cassette decks are welcome!

Thanks for your time!
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 2:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



These are the best decks I have ever owned and I highly recommend them. I haven't used them for ripping yet, but I do direct recording and listening on them and the sound quality is excellent. They're in the medium price range I'd say. You can get one for about $150 shipped if you play your cards right on eBay. I managed to get very lucky and snagged the pair for about $190 shipped Twisted Evil

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=tascam+302&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&_okw=&_oexkw=&_adv=1&LH_Complete=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=200&_fpos=&_fsct=&LH_SALE_CURRENCY=0&_sop=12&_dmd=1&_ipg=50
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use a Pioneer CT-W770 with a RCA -> 1/8" stereo converter cord directly into the line-in on my soundcard.

I get great results.

The Tascam decks are great, but their a bit pricy if all you need them for is ripping.
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed, line-in via 1/8 inch stereo plug works great. Cheap as hell if you already own a deck!
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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2013 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any RCA over USB. USB capture devices suck balls.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cochino wrote:
Any RCA over USB. USB capture devices suck balls.


+1, recently bought a USB capture and even the mid-range ones seem to add a real shitty digital background noise.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for the responses, guys! Thank you.

The Tascam one sounds great, but it's a bit out of my price range. I went ahead and bought a Pioneer CT-W770. I'm looking forward to using it!
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Necrologue wrote:
Cheers for the responses, guys! Thank you.

The Tascam one sounds great, but it's a bit out of my price range. I went ahead and bought a Pioneer CT-W770. I'm looking forward to using it!


http://www.nsftools.com/misc/TapeToCD.htm

^^ That's the instruction guide that I used at first. I don't do Step 4 or Step 6 though. Everything else is good though. If you want to make mp3s I recommend installing the LAME Codec and exporting to 'v0'.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq_i18n?s=install&i=lame-mp3
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Key is not to use ant "cleaning" effects. It may take away the tape hiss but will add digital noise which sounds much worse.
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PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

morbiddeceiver wrote:
Key is not to use ant "cleaning" effects. It may take away the tape hiss but will add digital noise which sounds much worse.


Yeah. I always normalize my rips, but I NEVER do noise removal. It leaves the entire sound flat and bad sounding.
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