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In Reply to: RE: Converting a mountain of tapes to digital posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 12, 2020 at 20:33:18
I doubt you would need a digital resolution higher than 24/96, or possibly even 16/44. The first thing you need is a high-quality cassette player and the second thing you need is a digital recorder. I'll just focus on the digital recorder.
TASCAM makes some excellent recorders that are relatively inexpensive. They record onto SD memory cards or micro SD memory cards. You can copy each side of an LP intact and then transfer the digital copies to your computer by simply removing the memory card from the digital recorder and plugging it into your computer. TASCAM also provides free software for splitting your recordings into individual tracks and relabeling each track. The free software is called TASCAM Hi-Res Editor.
I would recommend checking out Sweetwater for buying a TASCAM digital recorder. Here is a TASCAM digital recorder for $90 that will record at 24/96 onto a micro SD memory card. You'll need to buy a micro SD memory card and an interconnect with a 3.5-mm headphone plug on one end and RCA plugs on the other. Anyway, TASCAM is what I would recommend for an inexpensive recorder and Sweetwater carries the whole TASCAM line.
I too want to digitize a boat load of analog recordings. I don't think this unit can handle line-level analog input. Appears the in-put is for a microphone extension cord.
Well, all you have to do is go to the TASCAM website and look at the specifications until you find a TASCAM digital recorder with a line input. The TASCAM DR-40X appears to have a line input.
I, too, benefited greatly from this post! Many thanks to Avbenbaer and John Elison. I was not aware of the "hand-held digital recorder" market until this post. I did a lot of homework on the features of the Tascam line, the Zoom's, and Sony. The unit I feel will best meet my needs is the Sony PCM-D10, which I ordered from Sweetwater last night. I feel like a kid waiting on Christmas.
Did you check out the TASCAM DR-100 Mk III? What did you find with the Sony that was worth $200 more?
Most things being equal, as far as sound quality, I would have been happy with the Tascam, but a few extras pushed my choice to the Sony.
1. Mic / line switching for both XLR and 3.5 mini jack inputs
2. 16GB internal memory and SD card up to 256GB
3. Battery life from 32-44 hours plus USB power input
4. 2 second start up time
5. Input volume control dial numbered for quick reference
6. Bluetooth playback
7. Includes smart phone app for basic functions as a remote control
These may not add up to $200 but I have also owned many Sony products with zero defects, and the
Bluetooth function will be nice while driving the car, with USB power.
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