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Just starting

whats a good taping set up for relativly cheap?

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DAK Page

I checked out the DAK.com page and it does have a good info base for those folks who need to have it all explained etc...Thanks Fred.

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tapes to cds

Hey for those still trying to figure out a good way to try and convert tapes to cd's check out DAK.com. They have some good equipment that will allow for an easy way to get this done. I bought an EQ from them back in the 80's which still holds up today and which I am using to convert my tapes to cd, but I'm doing it the long way. They have equipment that will convert tapes, reel to reel and vinayl to a computer or laptop. Furthermore, they do a great job in explaining all of this stuff so old folks who aren't exactly computer knowledgable, like me, can understand. I know it sounds like I'm pitching for the company, but for real they do a good job and their products helped me ammass over 3000hrs of tapes back in the old days. So if anyone is still struggling with this it might be worth checking out if only for the detailed explanations that they give, which might help some understand the process better. Hope this helps some of you.

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thespps

Hey, Cool site (www.thespps.org) thanks for posting it. I can't wait to check it out when I have some time.

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Well said...

Good info DSJ...Thanks

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Transfers...

I am going to disagree with Big D who says not to use computers. What a lot of folks do not know is that a PC or MAC can be optimized for audio recording. (Think dedicated workstation)

The use of good components (cough,nakamichi, cough) is critical, but it is even more important to take the A>D (analog to digital conversion for the non-techy lurkers) OUT OF THE COMPUTER. There are many, many high quality and inexpensive external sound card or A>D options that fill this role. Some are much more than adequate than a pricey professional DAT deck and for a nominal cost. I transfer tapes as a volunteer for a music preservation 501c3 project that myself an a couple buddies began. (www.thespps.org)

So to revisit what Big D claims, using cassette>DAT for A>D>Standalone CD burner is archaic at best. Why bother going redbook at all? Why not take it straight to 24 bit? If it is my master then I am not going to put my masters on CD at all. They either get streamed at 24 bit on a home theater set up or ripped to a DVD-A for the true audiophile experience. If I happen to trade it to someone else they get a data copy of my master and can rip it to 96kbps .mp3 for all I care. Just don't torture my ears with that crap. ;p

Send a PM if someone wants help researching setting up your own transfer solutions, or even help transferring a master or two if you don't want to eat the cost of buying new gear just for a few transfers.

Peace y'all...dsj
kskreiderATlivetapingDOTcom

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8/27/72 #2

...shall we go, you and I while we can...

Should that link not work, use this at bt.tree:

gd72-8-27.sbd.braverman.16582.sbeok.flacf

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8/27/72

...shall we go, you and I while we can...

If you torrent shows, get this now. http://bt.tree.org/details.php?id=506552 This is the best copy available and I'll keep sharing it all weekend.

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next step

The next thing would be to convert the files onto the iPod for personal listening. I have a couple shows on it now but their in WAV format so 4-5 shows fill the thing up. I probably will convert them for the iPod but only after I get them onto disk via the above steps. OK on Toast. I have 5.0 from the OS 9 days and its a great program too. Im just being spoiled and using the freeware for now.
Eric

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Tape to CD

I have been using a Sony WMD6C deck
plugged into a Philips stand alone burner to do this

I get one or two shows a week finished to my liking

With 20+ years of aud masters it is a long ongoing process

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