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    Converting cassette to mp3

    Hi all. I hope I'm in the appropriate section with this post. I am aware that cassettes can be converted to mp3 using "Audacity " so they can be burned to CD but seeing I have been gifted an "Ion turntable" for Christmas I thought I might as well use it and the software that came with it. I found converting LP's straight forward by plugging the usb plug from the turntable into an appropriate socket on the back of the computer but am not sure how to connect the various plugs when incorporating the tape recorder with the Ion turntable and the computer. Having watched a tutorial on You Tube when using Audacity (rather than Ion) it seems a lead is simply plugged into the Phones socket on the tape recorder and other end plugged into the microphone socket on the back of the computer but from the attached photos of the relevant sockets on the tape recorder and the Iron turntable I would appreciate advice regarding how the connections should be made. The reason I am so cautious is because in the instructions leaflet that came with the Ion player, under "General Controls", there is a paragraph which reads:- <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold">IMPORTANT WARNING :The RCA cables are LINE level. Please only connect these cables to LINE level inputs. You may damage your receiver if you plug in a LINE level into a PHONE INPUT.</span hi> Am I on safe ground by thinking that when using the Ion player, a lead should be plugged into the "PHONE" socket on the tape recorder and the other end plugged into the "LINE IN" socket on the back of the Ion player. Finally, the usb OUT lead on the Ion should be connected to the microphone socket - which on my compute, happens to be green. Finally, in what instance would the RCA LINE OUT phono leads on the back of the Ion turntable be used for? Regards SF.
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    Re: Converting cassette to mp3

    I suspect you're getting your PHONO(s) mixed up with your PHONES?

    Vinyl records had a form of "compression" prescribed by the RIAA, so stereo amplifiers (or receivers) had to have a special pre-amplifier that uncompressed the signal and thus had a special PHONO(graph) input. The voltage levels from a tuntable's magnetic cartridge are less than conventional line settings. I suspect your Ion turntable has the PHONO peamp incorporated into it and it's output is at standard voltage levels and hence the warning.

    I think you have two alternatives for getting the signal from the turntable to the PC. Either through the USB output or from the RCA ports. On my Denon turntable (that has a phono preamp) I have an adaptor that goes from the RCA output to the mini stereo jack that goes into the LINE-IN jack of my sound card.

    The PHONES socket on your cassette player is probably for (head)PHONES and would also be a standard line level and could go directly into the LINE In socket of your turntable. But it could also go directly into the LINE IN of the PC.
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    Re: Converting cassette to mp3

    PS If you going to be doing a lot of transcribing records and tapes I would recommend WaveCorrector It's a programme that is specifically designed to declick or dehiss records and tapes respectively. It will find track boundaries automatically.

    I've been using it for a few years now and believe it's worth the thirty quid outlay. Once you've paid, later versions are gratis.
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    Re: Converting cassette to mp3

    And to add to Keiths comments from experience...if you connect your cassette tape player to the line in on your computer via the HEADPHONE outlet make sure the volume on the cassette deck is at a minimum and adjust the volume then. If unwittingly it is at max there is a possibility it could damage the computer sound card. This also with any record deck or amplifier using a headphone outlet as opposed to the correct lead "line out" to "line in" this wont apply to the Ion of course as it has the correct connections.

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    Re: Converting cassette to mp3

    Thanks for the replies gents I feel more at ease now having read your comments, especially the point about sound level setting on the tape recorder being at a minimum before recording starts. I feel assured that it is safe to connect the Headphone socket on the tape recorder to that of the "INPUT" on the back of the Ion player so I have purchased a stereo jack to jack extension and will try transferring a cassette to the computer via the Ion player which I understand does the conversion to mp3 format. I also assume that to record direct from the tape recorder to the computer it will need to be converted to mp3 so would "CONVERTXTODVD" do that for me please? The first time I tried it there was a HUM on the recording but I suspect that may have been because I was [unwittingly] using a cable with mono plugs rather than stereo which latter issue became apparent to me when I realized the sound was only coming through one earpiece. By the way this is the first post I have made to the lounge that -when replies were made- I did not received notice by email to that effect. I have looked at the "Blocked Senders" list and can't see the lounge address so am left bewildered somewhat. As a final point obviated by me when scrutinizing the said list, is there any way it can be arranged in alphabetical order so it is easier to spot a specific address? Many thanks SF
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    Re: Converting cassette to mp3

    > this is the first post I have made to the lounge that -when replies were made- I did not received notice by email to that effect.

    We currently have a problem with lounge e-mails. See <post:=751,839>post 751,839</post:>.

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    Re: Converting cassette to mp3

    Stuart,
    I've noticed a few of the mods/admins mention problems with emails since the server upgrade..... But I am getting them, regular as clockwork!!

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    Re: Converting cassette to mp3

    We're blacklisted by one or two websites that report spammers. Some ISPs use these websites to determine whether e-mails should be blocked. Apparently your ISP isn't among those, so it lets e-mails from the Lounge server through.

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    Re: Converting cassette to mp3

    Thanks for clearing up the question about email responses. Obviously the simple answer for the moment is to check the lounge more regularly especially after submitting a post and expecting an answer. I have just returned from a friends house -user name Kinshasa- who registered on the lounge quite some time ago but because he mislaid the record of his user name and password I suggested re-registering under the aforementioned name. He had asked me to pop down to see if I could investigate why the sound on his computer was not working and upon accessing the "Sound & Audio" icon & clicking on the "Volume" tab, all the fields where grayed out including the slider bar which could not be dragged to the right. As "Kinshasa" is not very familiar yet with the lounge perhaps I will pick up the thread on his behalf and follow any suggestions made...... if I can. Cheers guys SF.
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