Copying audio from cassette tape?

WarHog

Member
Can anyone suggest a way of digitising an old audio cassette please?

I have a cassette tape with an old recording of a radio interview of a long lost relative, which I would like to digitise and have stored on my 2021 M1 MacBook.
As well as buying a cassette player, what other leads & software etc will I need.
My MacBook has limited ports (2 x usb, 1 x headphone?) but is it just a matter of connecting a lead from the cassette player headphone socket to my MacBook?
Is doing this straight forward?

Thanks.
 

LV426

Administrator
Staff member
I'm not a mac user but assuming things are pretty much as they are on Windows, then yes, a cable from preferably a LINE output on the cassette machine into an input on the computer should do it. But the main thing to watch for is the level. If the computer has only got a microphone input, the levels coming from a line output may be too high and will then distort. Use of a headphone outlet is also possible but keep the volume a long way down to start with.

Software: Audacity Home Is a fairly advanced free audio recorder/editor so you can post-edit the file eg to crop it, denoise (if necessary) and so on. Being fairly advanced means (inevitably) that there is a learning curve.....
 

lalineaman

Active Member
There are Cassette to MP3 converters which are relatively inexpensive - around £20-25 - available which should be fine for what you want to do. A quick google check will point you in the right direction.
 

EndlessWaves

Distinguished Member
There are Cassette to MP3 converters which are relatively inexpensive - around £20-25 - available which should be fine for what you want to do. A quick google check will point you in the right direction.
They're just poor quality tape players with a USB soundcard built in.
 

jimscreechy

Active Member
You are much better off either getting someone with the proper capability to do it for you (if you know anyone) or paying a professional service to get it done properly. There are plenty of places that will do it for you for around £20 per cassette.

Buying poor quality equipment and trying to set up your own process is not the way to go for a one off conversion.
 

camcroft

Well-known Member
I think that the OP is sat back laughing while you lot have a debate on how best to answer his question. No he's not gone he was viewing the forums this morning.
 

jimscreechy

Active Member
Hehe, I think that happens a fair amount to be honest. Techies just love talking techie things, and its a good way to source information for anyone else who may be 'listening in' with an ear for knowledge.
 

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