Chris Pirillo Video: How to Convert Cassettes to MP3

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15 thoughts on “Chris Pirillo Video: How to Convert Cassettes to MP3

  1. Hi. OK, you got me. I just watched the entire vid… all 5 minutes and 46 seconds. Can’t really say that I learned anything I couldn’t have found in the ‘ThinkGeek’ catalog.
    You really ought to do the world a service, and give some thought to presenting a tutorial on how wonderful it must be to be so in love with the sound of your own voice. Without a doubt, that is something you could teach all of us!

  2. I bought a Plus 2 deck which fits into a computer bay. All I have to do is put in a cassette and push play and it makes mp3’s.

  3. Chris, Great video on how to record audio cassettes using Audacity. You just gotta love Audacity. We spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on tapes over the years. Now with Audacity and a tape deck gonna convert them all over. Woot!

  4. As soon as he mentioned Audacity the video should have either ended or at least gone into minimal detail of how to cut and savename the file.

  5. I simply use my portable tape deck/cd/radio and connect the headphone jack to my line-in on my computer. I then use microsofts ‘sound recorder’. Maybe the sound isn’t the best but neither are the tapes, especially those I made years ago from an LP record.

  6. Instead of bothering to convert my tapes to other formats, I save them for playing when I have a tape player available, like in the kitchen where I can’t hear my audio system. Or when I go on a trip I bring a portable tape player (boom box) and play some tapes in a hotel room or cabin on vacation.

  7. I use my TASCAM 122 mk.III studio cassette deck (they were used for making many master tapes) and run that into a T.C. Electronic Finalizer Express studio mastering processor in AES/EBU to clean up and digitize the signal. I send that into a SB X-fi Platinum audio card via S/PIF and burn it to a WAV file (for making CD’s if I feel like it). I then rip the mp3’s from the WAV files. I have a small recording studio and can match almost ANYBODYS audio quality.

  8. Jorge, first click on the speaker icon in the windows systray. A volume slider will pop up. Now right click on that slider box. A much larger slider box pops up. This is the Master Volume window. Make sure nothing is muted, particularly the Wave slider. Make sure everything is juiced at least halfway. Now go to your audio software (audacity is muy bueno) and then make sure your channels are looking at the same input stream.

  9. Hi. I have a lot of tape records and i would like to convert to mp3. I have a 3 in 1 ( radio/double cassete player and cd player) plugged in my computer. I can hear the sound but can´t receive the soun to convert.What am i doing wrong?

  10. here in canada walmart we have a usb turntable ..yes a turntable with usb out so you can play or rip your records to a computer thats cool lol lol

  11. Why do you whine on for soooooo long to tell us something you could tell us in 30 seconds. It’s not even a tip – How to do it? You can’t, buy a cassette to mp3 converter. Wow, genius, would never have thought of that.

  12. You asked about the first technology that we remember lusting after. About 1973 I actually saved cereal boxtops to send away for a hand-held calculator. My wife, who likes math, thought I was nuts. Why else did God invent pencils and paper but to do math problems? Anyway, I still have it. A brown plastic, 9 volt battery driven calculator with a red LED readout. It still works too. Now if I could just remember where I put it last!

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