learn about various WAV files, then ask them what WAV options you get with their software
Elliott- Thank you for the advice and the link. It was easy to understand the information there. I have submitted a query to the company that makes the device. Hopefully I hear back from them tomorrow. When I do, I will post the information here.
Cleeds- Thank you for that information. I have a Harman Kardon TD4800 so no worries there. If the CassettetoUSB device doesn’t pan out your words are reassuring.
Dekay- If I did go that route, who would you recommend? The thing that worries me with this idea is the tape getting lost or destroyed in the mail. Also, I don’t know where you live. I’m in the Central NY area. I have a machine that copies VHS to DVD. If it’s convenient for you, I could do some of those for you. No charge, just buy the blank DVD’s.
I live in West Hollywood (Los Angeles) and there are gobs of local Pro T/F services.
Should be the same for NYC.
2 hours of VHS T/F here is approx. $40 and cassette T/F runs around $20 (per unit).
If you know someone local in the film/music industry ask them for a reference, otherwise there are YELP and BBB reviews.
I'll pick a Pro service that can tweak if needed as the original film was 30 years old @ the time it was T/F'd to VHS.
Yes, loss of the item is a concern.
dekay- Well L.A. is a bit of a drive, so..... NYC is almost 5 hrs each way too.
I may dig around the local area, maybe not. We’ll see how it pans out. I'm looking into doing it myself too.
Elliot and all- Received a response from ClearClick Software:
Thank you for your inquiry.
Our software uses 44,100/24-bit PCM for the WAV files that it saves.
As our hardware cassette player is a USB device is compatible with any audio recording software that can access a USB microphone, so you can use Audacity or another software that you have to adjust the sample rate or bit rate as you would prefer.
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Support Department Lead"
It looks like they’re just a bit unconventional. I mean hey, it probably works but do I need it? Does it make things easier? Maybe so if one doesn’t have a cassette deck to play the tape on. That’s the only advantage I see.
I have a cassette deck. I just need to get the patch cord and some software. This bring up two questions:
1. I see Audacity is free. Is it easy to use? I don’t have a lot of spare time to learn new things unfortunately. Is there an easier program, even if it’s 20 or 30 bucks?
2. The patch cord. Dual RCA jacks on the cassette deck end, single 3.5 mm jack on the PC end. Is that correct?
I haven't given up trying to get my audio cassette made into a CD, but I may have aged less if I did.
I went to a bunch of stores around here trying to locate the proper patch cord to go from my (full size) cassette deck headphones output to the 3.5 mm audio input on my PC. No luck. Yeah, I could've ordered one but I figured I would give the job to a local business instead.
I called the first one I found that wasn't too far out of the way. I told them what I wanted done and how, specifically the 44 sample rate/16 bits per sample part. Explained to them why and even gave them the link Elliot was so kind to provide. They made me MP3 files.
Okay, I'll do it myself. But I want it to be easy and I don't want to drag a PC out to the cassette deck either. So......
I just purchased this: