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

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From: Joe Lewis Wilkins <PepeToo@...>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 1999 17:52:07 -0700
Did it first with a Performa 636CD and then later with a 6500. As I said: "I was
lucky!"  Story of my life.


David Cottrell 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?
> >
> >Thanks again,
> >- Rick
> Actually - this depends on the mac that you have. There are a number of
> different ways Apple has set up the hardware.
> To tell what will work (on most relatively recent machines): compare the
> Apple mic 1/8 jack with a standard 1/8 jack. You will probably note that
> the apple mic jack is a bit longer. This is used as a switch to indicate
> than the input is from a mic (and to pull power from the port!). If you
> used the long jack with "headphone" input you might do some damage!. Dont
> cut up an old apple mic and make the cable yourself yourself. These macs
> dont like "standard" tape recorder mics.
> The shorter standard plug sets the input to line level input. You should
> not have any problems as this is very close to the power required to drive
> small headphones, and thus what the tape recorder is putting out.
> Older macs have used different systems - but as far as I know, the quick
> check of the mic plug that came with a machine works as an indicator that
> what I have said above will hold. If you have an older machine the expected
> input is standard mic input, and the simple patch method will not work too
> well.
> BTW - This info was all gained by experimentation, but I have used the mic
> input as an analog to digital data recorder and pulled the power for the
> external device from the mac itself by using the longer plug. It's proved
> to be a really neat solution!.