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Portable Cassette Tape Recorder Recommendations

I need to buy a tape recorder to do interviews with people in punk bands. I'd love if it was also loud enough at playback to function as an extremely crummy tape player so I can transcribe the tapes without headphones or listen to cassettes in my room (this magically started working again, but it's only hooked up in my living room). [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Aug 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Reliable company for reattaching cassette tape to spool.

I have a few cassette tapes that survived third class mail from Ohio to Sierra Leone and back in the early seventies, and then have been pretty much left alone for the last 40 years. We have been digitizing them lately and on two of them the end of the tape has detached itself from the spool. I need someone who knows this stuff backwards and forwards to reattach them and/or digitize the content for us. I remember fixing cassette tapes myself back when they were the preferred media, but I also remember having about a 5% failure rate. Way too high for this operation. Company recommendations (US preferably) would be gladly received.
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Apr 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Tips for buying a cassette deck, in 2013, in Chicago?

I'm putting together a stereo system that only needs to be able to play cassette tapes and vinyl records, because yes I am that much of a hipster. I have my speakers and turntable, and I just picked up a 1970s receiver with integrated cassette deck...which stopped working almost immediately. How do you go about buying something with many breakable, moving parts that stopped being manufactured with any quality in the 1980s? Should I replace my receiver with just a receiver and get a standalone tape deck? Where do you even buy a standalone tape deck? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Dec 17, 2013 - 21 answers

Is there a dead-simple way to create an insert for an audio cassette?

Assuming a level of graphics competence at "low, but very willing to learn", what's the easiest method of creating inserts for audio cassettes? Level of quality around "punk/hardcore/straight edge" on the sliding scale. Preference slightly skewed to a 4 or 5 panel card, tools available are MS Office products, Photoshop Elements and of course GIMP. Access to printers and copiers, willing to lay out double digits for a tool, click-and-drag type template, or assistance. Thoughts/advice/help?
posted by ersatzkat on Nov 18, 2013 - 6 answers

Borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered eighties?

Hey, music geeks! Can someone please explain the recent retro-fetishization of the cassette tape? When and where did this trend begin? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 10, 2013 - 28 answers

Stories on cassette 20+ years ago...

Back in the mid to late 80s my dad had this casset tape series of stories that I absolutely loved. Not kids stories though. They were narrative with the person / people guiding you through the experience. The part that sticks in my mind the most is that there was this wall with a hole in it. The man tells that when he stuck his finger in he couldn't pull it back out, he could only go further in. So he kept digging and pushing himself into the wall ... and thats all I remember but it just amazed me. If anyone knows what this is I'd be eternally grateful.
posted by mrflibble on Jan 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Can anyone identify this indie, children's folk singer?

I've been wracking my brains trying to remember the identity of this female folk singer from the 1980s-1990s. She made at least a few albums targeted at kids, incorporating many environmental themes. And I can't for the life of me remember even enough to do a proper Google search. Gah! [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Jan 28, 2013 - 7 answers

How to store CD and cassette tape inserts, attractively

Storing paper/cardboard inserts from cassettes and CDs -- is this a solved problem? I'm going to have ~100 cassette inserts and 200-300 CD inserts. I'm wondering if there's some kind of pockety book thing that will make it easy to refer to these in the future and to enjoy looking at them casually/nostalgically. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Dec 3, 2012 - 3 answers

My, what big racks you have...now let me use them

I have 2 audio cassette racks that are now cassette-less. Looking for something to do with them around / in the house. Could I use them to grow plants? Any ideas welcome, unique, strange, crazy, stupid, they're all good. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 on Oct 22, 2012 - 4 answers

The beeping, incidentally, means he's speeding.

Tell me a little bit about this recording I made in a taxi in the UAE. I think it's in Urdu. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Sep 28, 2012 - 9 answers

Hope my turn my cassettes into something less archaic.

Anyone have any experience of the HY-2010-TP gizmo for converting audio cassettes to mp3s? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Dec 15, 2011 - 10 answers

seeking the playlist of a compilation cassette

Can someone locate the complete playlist of a cassette that was included with the purchase of a Mercury Marquis station wagon in 1984? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Jul 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Cogs are meant to rotate forward, not move left and right.

I had to remove the cassette on my rear wheel to replace a broken spoke. There is now a small amount of movement between the cogs. Is this a problem? [more inside]
posted by chmmr on Jun 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Quick and dirty cassette to mp3?

Best Windows free/shareware software for recording analog cassettes to mp3? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Feb 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Enchanted Tapes of the NorthWest

Looking for a super cheesy old cassette tape recording with the "spirit of the wind" chant on it and other, similar things. It was produced by one woman, who may have appeared on the cover. I think each side was as short as 15-20 minutes. Another track was something like "the call of the s/he wolf", where her voice looped over itself. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Jan 26, 2011 - 0 answers

My adjustable-azimuth adolescence.

What's the cleanest possible way to transfer a standard-IPS four-track cassette master? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Jan 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Cassettes dubbed from reel-to-reel, backwards. Any ideas on how to recover?

I have some old cassette tapes of African music made by my in-laws who were missionaries the in the 1960s. A friend transferred the reel-to-reel recordings to cassette. Backwards. My in-laws didn't play the tapes until much later, and the original reels were overwritten by then. Any ideas on the easiest way to restore the music?
posted by JParker on Jan 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Saving My Father's Songs

What is the best way to go about converting a few select songs from old cassettes to CDs/mp3s? [Hardware, software, retail options, etc.] [more inside]
posted by Franklin76 on Jun 28, 2010 - 4 answers

Fuzzy Low-Fi Fun

Music Nerds! I need help finding fuzzy, low-fi pop gems. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc on Feb 12, 2010 - 37 answers

Un Chi Chien Andalou

Does anyone have any details about this East Asian song? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Oct 5, 2009 - 10 answers

What's the best way to store my audio cassette storage cases?

I have several thousand audio cassettes. They're all stored nicely in 100-slot Napa Valley wooden cases, but the problem is storing those cases. Help me come up with a creative way to store 20-30 of these beasts in a way that maximizes space but also keeps each case accessible. [more inside]
posted by laze on Jul 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Deprecated Physical Magnetic Media and You

Audio Cassette Tapes. VHS tapes. 1/4" Reel-to-Reel tapes. If it's magnetic and stringy and housed in plastic casing, I have it. Quite a few boxes. A few shrink wrapped, some new in box, many more used. Besides craigslist -> free, does anyone have a use for my deprecated media? [more inside]
posted by cavalier on Dec 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me hack my car's stereo!

I need tunes! Please help me hack* my car's stereo. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Nov 25, 2008 - 5 answers

Where can I find a functioning digital compact cassette deck in Austin, TX?

Where can I find a functioning digital compact cassette deck in Austin, TX? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten on Oct 14, 2008 - 2 answers

What is going wrong when I record from CD to cassette?

What is going wrong when I try to record tapes from CD? Regardless of circumstance, the cassettes go weird near the ends of each side. [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory on Aug 15, 2008 - 7 answers

Cassette to iPod

I'd like to transfer several hours of audio from old cassette tapes to CD for my mom and to iPod for me. Of course if I can get them to CD I can take it from there. [more inside]
posted by dawson on May 16, 2008 - 10 answers

Cassette-to-PC audio troubles

Recording from cassette tapes to PC...why does it sound all weird? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Mar 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Hooked up my iPod with a cassette adapter, but it keeps rewinding or ejecting. Help!

Hooked up my iPod with a cassette adapter, but it keeps rewinding or ejecting. Help! [more inside]
posted by 0217174 on Jan 18, 2008 - 19 answers

"Turn up the signal, wipe out the noise."

Please recommend current-market analog cassette decks with superior signal/noise ratios. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 12, 2007 - 4 answers

My cassette adapter is flipping (haha) annoying...

My cassette tape adapter doesn't get on well with my car... why? [more inside]
posted by knapah on Jul 19, 2007 - 14 answers

White ABBA tape with a yellow label = which album?

When I was a kid, I absolutely loved this one ABBA tape my mother owned. Problem is, I don't know which one I was listening to. I do remember what color it was, though. [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Jan 9, 2007 - 10 answers

Fixing a water-logged cassette tape

I have an audio cassette tape which has been waterlogged and soaked in dirt for over 10 years. What are my options for respooling/fixing the tape with its contents intact? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 26, 2006 - 12 answers

Help me find this cassette-taped brass band

An old, copied cassette of brass music needs your help: what band is this? [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan on Nov 16, 2006 - 4 answers

Time to flip your tape..

What is the name of the sound at the start of cassette tapes and where can I find one online?
posted by Old Man Wilson on Oct 26, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I get a digital recording to sound like the original?

How do I get a digital recording to sound like the original? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Sep 15, 2005 - 12 answers

Cassette to CD Service

I possess a number of rare demo tapes (audio cassettes) from the 1980s Halifax music scene that I would like professionally restored and transferred to audio CD. Can anyone recommend a service that can do the work? [more inside]
posted by tranquileye on Jun 27, 2005 - 6 answers

How to digitize audio cassettes quickly?

I've got a large collection of audio books on cassette that I'd like to digitize. I'd like to find a way to do this at faster than real-time speed (a good number of these audio books are 12 hours or more in length. Any suggestions for a simple, cheap method of doing this? Thanks!
posted by arathorn on Jun 8, 2005 - 10 answers

Why do audio cassettes go odd?

I commute and run to books on tape. Every so often, I will get a spate of too fast, high pitched Alvin Chipmunk playback. Flip the tape to side B at the same point- no problem. Flip it back- Alvin. Change tape player- same thing, so it seems not to be the machines. At worst this can go on for an entire side. A solution would be welcome (slapping tape firmly does not help, nor does rewinding), but mostly I'm wondering, what gives here?
posted by IndigoJones on Apr 22, 2005 - 10 answers

I'm trying to convert cassette tapes to MP3s using MusicReplay software.

I'm trying to convert cassette tapes to MP3s using MusicReplay software. This involves use of an amplifier. I don't know what an amplifier is, if my stereo has one, and if I've hooked it up right. For whatever reason, it's not working. Help, please. [MI] [more inside]
posted by duck on Jan 23, 2005 - 12 answers

How can I get a tape adapter out of my cassette player?

Help. I am having trouble finding anything on google that actually works and I am otherwise useless as far as cars go. I have a 99 Toyota Camry that has managed to get a tape adapter stuck in the cassette player. (MI) [more inside]
posted by Restlessavenger on Dec 11, 2004 - 5 answers

Any experience with the PlusDeck, or other cassette-tape-to-computer solutions?

Has anyone used/known anyone who has used the PlusDeck? It's a device for putting sounds from cassette tapes onto your computer. I want to do this primarily as a sampling of sounds into a sound-editing program, and possibly as a way to record entire songs onto the computer. Any reviews? Any idea of the quality? I'm clueless here.
posted by agregoli on Dec 1, 2004 - 10 answers

How can I convert a video from Sony Mini Cassette to NTSC, PAL and DVD?

I find myself in possession of a Sony Mini Digital Video Cassette tape that was taken while I was in Scotland a couple of weeks ago. I need to get it converted over to NTSC, PAL, and DVD, but am having trouble.... (I know you didn't see it coming, but there's more inside!) [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on May 27, 2004 - 8 answers

Car Tape Player

The cassette deck in my car is so noisy that when I'm listening to books on tape on the iPod, all I can hear is the clacking and ratcheting of the tape deck as it gnaws on the cassette adapter. What can I do? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Apr 14, 2004 - 12 answers

Par Bricole Tape

I wore out my cassette from "Sweden's Oldest Male Choir", Par Bricole years ago. Does anyone know how I might get another one? I can't read Swedish!
posted by black8 on Feb 24, 2004 - 3 answers

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