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  • Anselm Lingnau

    Anselm Lingnau May 19, 2006, 9:09 a.m. (Message 45324)

    Re: Copying Cassettes onto CD

    Martin Sheffield wrote:
    > Actually, iI have managed to find a socket labeled microphone on my
    > older windows laptop.
    > Unfortunately, the CD player on that model stopped working a few days
    > after the guarantee expired!
    You can't drive a microphone input from a tape recorder output -- the 
    microphone input is designed to pick up signals that are far weaker than what 
    the tape recorder produces (which is called »line level«) and would be 
    terribly overdriven if not damaged.
    The sound cards for stationary PCs usually feature line inputs, but on a 
    notebook, you're pretty much out of luck. Your best bet if you're really into 
    this would be to try and obtain an external sound module based on, e.g., USB 
    or (more likely, on a Mac) FireWire (IEEE 1394). These are available at 
    prices ranging from the not exactly cheap to the utterly astronomical (for 
    professionals' use). Their advantage is that, at least for the somewhat 
    better ones, the quality they produce is usually way beyond that of anything 
    built directly into a PC, as the inside of a PC is not a particularly 
    suitable environment for converting analogue signals to digital without 
    picking up all kinds of distortion. (Although, if your original input comes 
    from cassette tapes, this may not really matter -- owing to the way tapes 
    work, their quality isn't usually that great to begin with.)
    Anselm Lingnau, Frankfurt, Germany .....................
    There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
                                                                    -- Henry Adams

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