Did it first with a Performa 636CD and then later with a 6500. As I said: "I was lucky!" Story of my life. Joe 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!.