[futurebasic] Re: [FB] [X-FB] Recording sounds from tape

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From: Joe Lewis Wilkins <PepeToo@...>
Date: Sat, 09 Oct 1999 15:17:08 -0700

Rick Brown wrote:

> Joe Lewis Wilkins wrote:
> > Rick Brown wrote:
> >
> > > I would like to transfer some pre-recorded sounds from cassette tape to
> > > my Mac's hard drive.  I would imagine this would involve some kind of
> > > special patch cord into the Mac's microphone input.  Has anyone had any
> > > experience doing this?
> >
> > Sure have. About 300 Hymns and Melodies. Just connect the cassette's "ear" to
> > the Mac's "mike".
> Thanks for the quick reply.  Does this mean that I can just use a male-to-male
> stereo miniplug on both ends, without any attenuation?  This surprises me,
> because I thought the cassette's stereo headphone output would be an amplified
> signal, so I was kind of afraid to plug it directly into the mike's input, which
> I assumed would expect an unamplified signal.  Is it necessary to set the
> cassette's ouptut volume low when doing this?

Yes to everything (I'm not sure about the "stereo" miniplug, but it is
male-to-male); but maybe I was lucky. I did have to experiment with the cassette's
output and, come to think of it, I did end up with the volume set fairly low; in
fact, that was one of the main editing tasks - to adjust the amplification of each
tune so that it was acceptably loud, but not too loud.

Also, I was not "reading" stereo recordings; and I'm not sure how that would have
complicated the process. The SoundEdit16 Program does have provisions for multiple
tracks. I just did not use them. We were going for something that was simple,
straightforward and inexpensive; so I did not spend a lot of time developing really
neat features. Stereo music would have been great, but the original recordings were
ALSO simple, straightforward and inexpensive.

I suppose the Cassette Recorder plays a part in this. Again, I was using an
inexpensive Radio Shack "AC/DC Portable Cassette Tape Recorder" - name right off
the box. I doubt that it has "Stereo" capabilities. As I recall, I told them I
wanted to connect it to a Mac and they sold me the appropriate cable. It was not
expensive, although I'm sure they make a bundle from it - if they sell a lot of

That's all for now. Hope this was a little helpful,

Joe Wilkins