I am trying to convert some cassettes to MP3. I am using a Panasonic stero cassette player and connecting the player via the stereo headphone jack that has a USB connector at the other end, so I can connect it to my Windows 10 PC (most current release).
I know there is output, as I can hear the tape output if I use my headphones.
However Audacity it does not recognise the recording device. (I only have MME, Windows DirectSource and Windows WASAPI)
Please suggest some trouble shooting steps.
I have tried to rescan for audio devices via the Transport Tab, but no luck with detecting the Player.
That is probably the worst walk-through that I’ve ever seen
Do you mean a lead that has a USB connector at one end and a stereo mini-jack at the other?
What is the make / model of that lead? How do you know that it will work as you hope?
To record through the computer’s USB socket, the signal going into the USB socket needs to have been converted to digital data in a class compliant format. Leads to do that do exist (such as this: https://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_usb1g.htm) but (1) I’ve never seen one with a stereo mini-jack, (2) they are not very good. A much better solution is to use a USB audio interface (I often use a cheap Behringer UCA-202).
So you are best off reading the instructions for your cassette player. Many of these players have a USB port only so you can play from USB memory sticks. For example, here are part of the instructions for the Panasonic RX-D55:
I don’t believe that Panasonic makes any cassette players that can output or record through the USB port. You can do an internet search for “usb cassette converter” however, I cannot vouch for the quality of any of these units.