Analog Cassette to Digital (Mac Mini)

MikeT.

Senior Member
I have TWO cassette tapes, an original mix tape I did for my wife 37 years ago just before we were married, and one copy I made on a Pioneer dual deck I bought at Goodwill for $6.99. I want to make a digital copy just for posterity and in case the Pioneer dies.

I’ve been looking for a decent inexpensive analog-to-digital converter, something easy to use. I’ve found a few <$30 units that convert to MP3 but am wondering if I’d be throwing away $30. Anyone have any experience with cheap A-to-D converters?
 
Hi @MikeT.
I use the ART USB Phono Plus for capturing the output from my tonearm when setting up my turntable/tonearm/cartridges. It will capture on 16/44 or 16/48. on the USB and has a line input setting as well. I've seen these as low as $65-$70. I personally don't use this ADC for recording audio so I can't comment on that specifically. If CD quality is what you need it could do the trick. Easy to set up and use.
 

MikeT.

Senior Member
@RoadDawgWest , thanks very much. I owned a Art Phono Pre for a while and was pretty happy with it until I lost my mind on a crazy upgrade path. I’ll plan on this one.

@Olson_jr , not a chance you’re getting the playlist from that tape. :roflmao:
 

MikeT.

Senior Member
@MikeT. I was just thinking that if it was mainstream stuff I might be able to burn a CD for you.

If it was you professing your undying love in a deep, pillow talk, voice I probably couldn’t help.

Oh Dang @Olson_jr , didn’t even think of that, whoa!!!! I mean duh……it’s all mainstream, old stuff but mainstream. No Barry White voice from me professing anything, but she married me anyway. :D

Thanks very much for the idea. I still might try that ART Pre Digital thingee.
 

Olson_jr

Active Member
Oh Dang @Olson_jr , didn’t even think of that, whoa!!!! I mean duh……it’s all mainstream, old stuff but mainstream. No Barry White voice from me professing anything, but she married me anyway. :D

I digitally remade a couple of old cassette mixtapes into mixtape CDs for friends, and they have really enjoyed them. I even figured out how to cut off the end of one tune to keep it true to the tape ending before the last tune. That sparked a bunch of memories.

I still have some 38-year-old cassettes that we played at our wedding party. I had always figured I would remake them on CDs for my wife as she played them over and over again. Now I have to go see if I can even find that box.
 

JohnVF

Administrator
Staff member
If it comes bundled with a light version of protools it’d be easy to make one long track- which would really give that mix-tape feel. It really two long tracks. Those programs seem intimidating at first but aren’t that bad. If you have a Mac you could do it in GarageBand.
 
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