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Tape to Mp3 Mac?

Hey everyone,

 

I'm currently looking at recording my vinyl onto tape using my hifi and I wondered if anyone knew of a device I could then use to get the contents of my tapes onto my Mac?

 

I've seen a couple of tape to Mp3 things online but have no idea which one is best/suited to a Mac.

 

Any advice would be great! 

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

Wouldn't it be easier just to record the vinyl straight to the Mac?

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

If your HiFi has a line-out you can get decent results by plugging it into your Mac's input, which confusingly is often just called its microphone socket.  I can confirm (because I've used it) that it's a perfectly-adequate stereo line-input with an 80db S/NR, which pretty-easily surpasses that of any record you're ever likely to transfer.

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

My hifi is absolutely ancient so all it has is AUX which is how I connect my turntable, there are no other line out options I'm afraid. 

I've heard it may be possible to purchase a portable cassette player and connect that to the mic socket on the Mac and then open GarageBand and record the tapes onto the Mac that way? 

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

stacyd83 wrote:

My hifi is absolutely ancient so all it has is AUX which is how I connect my turntable

What turntable are you using? If you find it's working fine by plugging it into your HiFi's AUX input then it must be 'line level', which is loud enough to be plugged straight into the Mac's line-in.

Also like The_LHC I'm a bit confused as to whether you're wanting to transfer records, tapes or both.

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

The back of hifi consists solely of an auxilary input, there are no other functions on the hifi whatsoever.

My turntable is the Pro-Ject Carbon & I wish to record my vinyl onto tape & convert the tapes to mp3 so I can then put them on my mp3 player.

There is no way of recording the vinyl directly to the Mac for reasons I have previously mentioned!

Thanks.

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

You can quite easily and cheaply record your vinyl directly to your mac. Buy a Griffin iMic - £22.00 from My Memory  via Amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Griffin-GC16031-Quality-Recording-Playback/dp/B000BVV2IC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365371078&sr=8-1&keywords=Griffin+iMic

Download the free FinalVinyl software and plug your Pro-Ject's output into the iMic - if it doesn't come with the phono socket to mini jack converter any more you'll need to buy a Phono L&R to stereo mini jack cable. Switch the iMic to Mic level and plug into a USB port on the Mac. In the Mac preferences, make sure the audio input is selected as iMic, open Final Vinyl and make sure that the mic input has the RIAA eq selected. Then either play some of the album you are recording or select auto level. When you're happy with the levels, record a 16 bit 44.1Khz AIFF file of the recording. You can then down-res this to an MP3 in iTunes or burn the tracks as uncompressed aiff to a CD rather than tape. 

Rob

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

Absolutely superb!

 

Thank you very much,

 

Stacy.

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

My pleasure. Worth going to the Griffin website and downloading the iMic and Final Vinyl manuals too - enjoy !

http://www.griffintechnology.com/support/imic

Rob

 

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

You could equally buy a better quality phono stage with USB, there's quite a few around now, I've got an older Pro-Ject USB Phono Box. Ok they're not £22 but if you've got a Carbon it's probably worth spending a little more. You'd save (a little) by not needing to get the phono-3.5mm jack cable/adapter as a proper phono stage will have RCA phono connectors.

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

I'm not sure we ever established why the OP needs to record their vinyl to tape first, so from that perspective, it's difficult to say if any of the solutions offered will do what they want  :?

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

Yes, it's because she doesn't think she can connect the deck directly to the Mac, seems quite happy with the Griffin suggestion, so I thought I'd chuck in the idea of a slightly higher quality option (without actually naming one as I've got a lot on at the moment and haven't got time to search through the possibilitiesright now).

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

Thanks for all these suggestions. I have gone ahead with the iMic option because it seems the simplest and yes, it's slightly cheaper than any other method. 

I was given advice from Super-Fi who suggested firstly recording my vinyl onto cassette and then to buy a tape to mp3 converter. I was not aware devices such as the iMic existed (totally out of the loop on this side of things!) & it appears neither were they!

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stacyd83 wrote:
I was given advice from Super-Fi who suggested firstly recording my vinyl onto cassette and then to buy a tape to mp3 converter. I was not aware devices such as the iMic existed (totally out of the loop on this side of things!) & it appears neither were they!

Well, excuse my language but they bloody well ought to have been! That's poor...

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stacyd83 wrote:

I was given advice from Super-Fi who suggested firstly recording my vinyl onto cassette and then to buy a tape to mp3 converter. I was not aware devices such as the iMic existed (totally out of the loop on this side of things!) & it appears neither were they!

In the name of all that's holy! What ridiculous advice from people who should know better.  Sorry for the confusion and thanks for asking here.

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RE: Tape to Mp3 Mac?

My first question was is there a device that exists to do X, Y & Z and I just got a blank look!  :oops:

 

I got the feeling they meant they THEY didn't stock such a device but low and behold they DID stock tape to Mp3 devices....Hmm! 

 

Thanks again, can't wait to get my treasured vinyl collection onto my iPod for when I'm out & about  Wink

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