Converting tape to MP3

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by billw58 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:28 pm

Sigismond wrote:One issue is that in the utilities of my Mac, I do not find the Audio MIDI Setup.app.
It should be in the Utilities folder inside the Applications folder.
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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:33 pm

In mac preferences, the device does not appear, only the internal micro.

I can choose the pnp audio device or micro in the audacity window; of course, I chose the pnp.

I can make a mp3 file with the device and the mac microphone but not from the tape.

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:38 pm

Another thing: I can read: "click to start monitoring" only in front of the microphone icon, not the speaker one.

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by billw58 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:19 pm

Sigismond wrote:In mac preferences, the device does not appear, only the internal micro.

I can choose the pnp audio device or micro in the audacity window; of course, I chose the pnp.
That is impossible. In order to choose "PnP Audio Device" in Audacity, it must be available in Mac System Preferences.

Please try this. Connect the cassette deck to the Mac, insert a cassette and start playing it. Then go to Mac System Preferences > Sound > Input and verify that a) PnP Audio Device can be selected, and b) once PnP Audio Device is selected the input level meter shows activity.

You still haven't said how you are able to record using the Mac's internal microphone. Is the sound coming from the Mac's speakers? If not, where is the sound coming from?

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:39 am

Now, I can begin to record a mp3 on the mac but the recording stops after one or two seconds.

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:41 am

When I record from the mac microphone, yes, aftewards, I hear from the mac speakers.

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by billw58 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 1:55 pm

The Mac's microphone will record any sound in the room, including you speaking. So the question remains: How are you hearing the cassette while recording?

Did you try the steps I asked you to:
Please try this. Connect the cassette deck to the Mac, insert a cassette and start playing it. Then go to Mac System Preferences > Sound > Input and verify that a) PnP Audio Device can be selected, and b) once PnP Audio Device is selected the input level meter shows activity.
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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:53 pm

While recording, I hear the cassette with little headphones.

Yes, I did what you wrote, with success (I co uld see the blue stripes, but for one or two seconds only and then bug.

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by Sigismond » Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:55 pm

"once PnP Audio Device is selected the input level meter shows activity"

do you mean even when not recording yet, in which case, no.

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Re: Converting tape to MP3

Post by billw58 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:35 pm

Sigismond wrote:While recording, I hear the cassette with little headphones.
What are the headphones connected to?
When you are recording successfully (as far as I can tell this is with the Mac microphone), if you say few words, are those sounds recorded by Audacity?
Yes, I did what you wrote, with success (I could see the blue stripes, but for one or two seconds only and then bug.
So, you get sound from the cassette, but only for two seconds. Correct? That indicates a problem with the connection between the cassette and the Mac
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