What software and hardware is required to make .mp3 copies of cassette tapes?

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Hi. Subject says it all. I have a bunch of cassette tapes I want to make .mp3 copies of. How can I do this and what will I need? Thank you.

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Submitted by Kevan on Thursday, October 23, 2014

Well I've never done something like this but I will try to help. I would think you'd need a casette player, a cable to connect it to your computer, and perhaps an audio editor like Garage Band.
Here's an article that may shed some more light on this subject. http://www.wikihow.com/Transfer-Cassette-Tape-to-Computer Good luck!

Submitted by jesse on Thursday, October 23, 2014

I needed to do the same thing. I first wanted to connect my cassette player to my laptop using a 3.5 mm plug, but that didn't work for some reason. I took my plextalk pocket and recorded with the line in of that, and than copied the files to my mac. It should be possible to use the headphone plug as a line in, but when I plugged a cable in there, the speech was lost so I couldn't really figure out what I was doing.

Submitted by Kevan on Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you want to use the headphone jack as a line in or if your computer has no line in, an external sound card may do the trick. Some of those have line-in jacks on them.

Submitted by Jessica Brown on Friday, October 24, 2014

Hi. What sound cards have 3.5 mm line in jacks? Also, is there a way to set recordings to go through the sound card, but still have VoiceOver and system sounds and other audio like music still go through the speaker built into the Mac or headsets connected to the Mac? Thank you.