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Best option for converting irreplaceable cassettes to digital format?

I have about 80 cassette recordings of interviews dating from the early 1990s that I need to convert to some kind of digital format. What are my options if my priority is the preservation of the tapes? Is there a "gentle" tape deck on the market? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Dec 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Help my friend hear her mom!

Outdated-tech-filter: need help possibly restoring two micro cassette tapes. It sounds like there's just nothing on them... are they degraded? Demagnetized? Is that even a thing, and can it be fixed? [more inside]
posted by custard heart on Nov 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Sony DVM63PS vs. DVM60PRR DVC tapes?

Can anyone tell me how these two (Sony DVM63PS vs. DVM60PRR) DVC tapes compare? Is this a trivial thing, here? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Sep 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Wow & flutter: is it the tapes or the tape deck?

I am beginning to digitize some old cassette tapes but have run into a problem: many of the cassettes have significant speed/pitch variations on playback. I can't figure out if the problem is the tapes or the tape deck (or both). [more inside]
posted by googly on Jul 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Where to get tape of Nixon aides plotting murder?

According to the Washington Post, the famous White House tape recordings that Nixon kept include recordings of aides G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt seriously plotting to assassinate muckraking journalist Jack Anderson in 1972. They were only stopped because the Watergate fiasco got in the way. Where can I get that recording? [more inside]
posted by Sleeper on May 3, 2013 - 3 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

How to store/display 2551 cassette tapes?

My husband has come into 2551 Grateful Dead tapes. He is over the moon. I am less so because they're currently taking up space in 17 boxes in my finished basement and we have virtually no storage space. We would like to store them and ideally display them so he can see what he has. I would like them to be relatively compact and not look like junk. Any ideas?
posted by semacd on Jan 12, 2013 - 13 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

Old Cassette tapes - keep 'em or chuck 'em?

40 + years of sermons on cassette tape - now all converted to .WAV. Throw away the tapes or keep them? [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Aug 17, 2012 - 15 answers

How should we recycle old VHS tapes

VHS tapes. How/where to recycle them? [more inside]
posted by mcbeth on Jul 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Girls Rwanda Have Fun

Where can I buy records or tapes in Kigali, Rwanda (or nearby)? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Aug 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Where can I go to upload a lot of data quickly?

Where can I go to upload a lot of data quickly? [more inside]
posted by MeatFilter on Jul 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Companies that convert VHS to digital files?

As a Christmas gift to my parents, I want to hire a company to convert my parent's old home movies on VHS to digital files. My parents and the VHS tapes are located in Ohio and I am in NYC, but I am willing to pay to have the VHS tapes shipped somewhere. I don't need to do this before Christmas, but I do want to know what reputable company will do this and the cost. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Dec 16, 2010 - 9 answers

Where is a good place to look for reel to reel audio tapes?

Where is a good place to look for reel to reel audio tapes? Especially ones with non-music recordings on them. [more inside]
posted by tuck_nroll on Jun 3, 2010 - 5 answers


Where are the best places to buy tape cassettes in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Nov 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Digitizing DV8 tapes

I have a friend who wants to know how to download AV from 8 yr old DV8 tapes to computer via equally ancient Panasonic digicam before their memories turn to dust... Any ideas?
posted by snarfois on Aug 13, 2009 - 6 answers

Old tapes worth keeping.

How should I store these 20-year old cassette tapes with historic value? [more inside]
posted by typewriter on Apr 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Mark CF...again, shoo

Where can I get recordings and soundtracks of the Australian version of Swap Shop? [more inside]
posted by divabat on May 1, 2007 - 1 answer

audiocassette tapes in NYC?

hi folks! i might be out of luck here, but do any of you NYC-based mefites know of a record/CD shop that sells used audio cassette tapes? [more inside]
posted by ethel on Feb 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Recovering a damaged DV tape

Is there any way to recover a damaged DV tape? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Jul 4, 2006 - 7 answers

learn paint oils good!

How do I learn to paint with oils? [more inside]
posted by philscience on Jan 10, 2006 - 22 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

converting VHS tapes to DVD using combo units?

I am thinking converting bunch of VHS tapes recorded in LP format to DVDs. These are 6 hr tapes I think. I was looking at the option of those combo units that come with the DVD recorder and VCR units. I was wondering if somebody can tell me how do these units deal with 6+ hr long video tapes ? do they automatically break the content up into separate DVDs or can they compress the content enough to fit into one DVD ? thanks
posted by flyby22 on Jun 7, 2005 - 2 answers

Help me convert my old tapes and records into mp3 format

We were rearranging the shelves in my house today, and we found a bunch of old tapes from my
Dad's friends from when he lived in Spain (he was born there, as was I). His friends mixed
a bunch of bands together to make this very cool-sounding tape, and the thought struck me: Why not
rip this? (edit: also found bunch of old tapes my brother made of a punk radio station. woot!)

Of course, I lack the knowledge required.

So my question essentially is: what sort of process, programs, and materials is one required to
go through to convert these tapes to mp3? Would the machine I'd have to buy also double as a
tape-pl-ayer itself? What about records? I've been wanting a record player for a while, and I've
been wanting to rip some records as well. Are there record-rippers which double as players? Are
there record/tape player/rippers all combined into one machine? How complicated is this process?
How expensive does it have to be? I don't want to end up with really badly ripped files, but I
don't want studio equipment, either. Basically, what do I have to go through to get good
sounding, 192-320 kbps mp3s from my tapes and records that I could then distribute via
BitTorrent? Thanks.
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Feb 12, 2005 - 17 answers

Cassette Tapes

I'm looking for a music store that has a reasonable selection of cassettes of current release LPs. [+] [more inside]
posted by gnomeloaf on Feb 6, 2005 - 5 answers

What do I do with my unwanted cassette tapes?

What do I do with my old cassette tapes? [MI] [more inside]
posted by emptybowl on Aug 10, 2004 - 20 answers

Name These Tunes!

Can you name these tunes?
1. This one sounds like movie music, but I haven't been able to track it down.

2. I think this is the bonus track on Spell's "Mississippi" album. Can anyone verify?

3. This was recorded off a college radio station in Lowell MA in the early 90s. It's a mix of a song, and a woman speaking about pleasuring herself (the "I am satisfied" parts..... Can anyone find the source of either?
4. And another one from the same mix tape...
posted by quibx on Jul 15, 2004 - 12 answers


I have some old video tapes that I'd love to convert to digital video, storing the data on DVDs and/or my g5. Is there a good way to do this? Is it possible to transfer commercial video tapes in addition to personal tapes? I'm a video novice, but catch on quickly.
posted by jdroth on Feb 6, 2004 - 4 answers

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