Tape cassette player needed

Sarah Geeson Brown
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Fri 14 Jan, 18:03

Wow, thanks everyone. Much appreciated. 

Steve Jones
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Fri 14 Jan, 12:11

A cassette player with a USB output isn't essential if you have a computer with an audio (preferably line-level) input. Use a 3.5 mm stereo jack connection (I think - it may be 2.5"). For a laptop without an audio in, a USB audio adapter will do the job. I would concur with the use of Audacity.

The best quality replay is what you want, and if somebody has a good quality HiFi separate cassette player then they are ideal.

This is a sound adapter. Of course one of those USB cassette players might be more convenient, but I suspect they aren't the best of playback quality if that's a priority.

This is the type of USB sound adapter that is available pretty cheaply. The only issue is that I can't speak for the quality of the analogue to digital conversion, but it's probably at least as good as any cassette tape.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sabrent-External-Adapter-Windows-AU-MMSA/dp/B00IRVQ0F8/ref=asc_df_B00IRVQ0F8/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=310831391922&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5259685078193526977&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006490&hvtargid=pla-563309581845&th=1

Michael Peake
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Fri 14 Jan, 11:53

To digitise the tapes, you'll need a cassette player with a USB output (example).

Then, assuming you have a computer (desktop or laptop), you'll want some audio software (I recommend Audacity which is free) and a good helping of patience. You don't need to be a computer whizz to do it but some confidence in learning new software is required.

Alex Flynn
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Thu 13 Jan, 22:26 (last edited on Fri 14 Jan, 09:30)

A quick Google took me here https://www.iamfy.co/product/crs132-usb-cassette-player-recorder-with-external-microphone

Sarah Geeson Brown
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Thu 13 Jan, 21:55

Thanks Merle. How great that my favourite and local bookshop can offer this. I'll be in touch once I've had the chance to hear the tapes.

merle esson
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Thu 13 Jan, 09:59

The Woodstock Bookshop can get your tapes transferred to digital files. 01993 812760

Sarah Geeson Brown
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Wed 12 Jan, 18:57

Great! Thanks Helen. I've sent you a message via this site with my phone number etc. S

Helen Holwill
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Wed 12 Jan, 17:59

I have one that was kindly given to me for a similar purpose. You would be welcome to borrow it. 

Sarah Geeson Brown
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Wed 12 Jan, 17:57

Does anyone have a portable tape cassette player I could borrow? I've found some tapes with family voices recorded from 30 years ago, and frustratingly have nothing to play them on.

Also, any recommendations as to how I transfer them to digital files?

Thanks so much. Sarah G-B

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