Hi, Derek,

I'm glad you found my links useful.

On 2012-10-29 12:27 PM, Derek Jackson wrote:
> Nonetheless, I didn't mean to suggest that
> anyone with a tape deck and a PC should start digitizing cassettes. Rather
> I was wondering if folks on the listserv thought that there was some middle
> ground and if audio cassettes might be a part of that middle ground? So I
> guess a better way to state the question is: WIth some modest investment in
> equipment, resources and training do folks on this listserv believe an
> archive/museum/historical society could responsibly digitize (for
> preservation) its own audio cassettes of spoken word materials?
Absolutely -- if you don't, it may not get done.
> or even
> more dynamic content like music?
That begs the question of "modest" and asks the question of what quality?

I have a couple (very few) cassettes I recorded with quality condenser 
mics on a Nakamichi 550 portable recorder in the mid-1970s that really 
test what my Dragons can do. When I play a section of that for a seminar 
or lecture, people are amazed that the original was mastered on 
cassette. I took a Sony D5M portable cassette along to my first organ 
recording with the D8 DAT walkman, same mics, I never recorded on the 
D5M again.

For 99% of the cassettes I transfer and probably 90% of the cassettes I 
ever made the first answer is adequate. There are only a few that tax my 
high-end equipment, to be honest.

Reels are much more complex than cassettes.



Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
Aurora, Ontario, Canada           (905) 713 6733     1-877-TAPE-FIX
Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.