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BY jimi
#845538
Looking for a recommendation on where to take old cassette tapes to have their contents recorded.

A work mate has found a few rare tapes from the 80s that he wants to convert to digital, but is concerned that they may have deteriorated to the point that he isn’t confident to put them into a cassette player.

Is there any place that specialises in preserving audio from cassette tapes?
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BY godgrinder
#845539
Just look them up on Soulseek and see if someone has already ripped these releases.
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BY willow13
#845562
I found an old cassette mix tape a couple of weeks ago, popped it in my cassette player and bam chewed instantly ... oh the memories :rofl:
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BY Danger Mouse
#845564
willow13 wrote:I found an old cassette mix tape a couple of weeks ago, popped it in my cassette player and bam chewed instantly ... oh the memories :rofl:


Then carefully extracting it from the cassette player and winding the tape back in with a pencil. If you were extra careful and lucky you could recover it well enough so that there would only be a 5 second section of muffled sound in the middle of your favourite song, where the chew was.
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BY willow13
#845567
Danger Mouse wrote:
willow13 wrote:I found an old cassette mix tape a couple of weeks ago, popped it in my cassette player and bam chewed instantly ... oh the memories :rofl:


Then carefully extracting it from the cassette player and winding the tape back in with a pencil. If you were extra careful and lucky you could recover it well enough so that there would only be a 5 second section of muffled sound in the middle of your favourite song, where the chew was.


I remember getting "and justice fo all" on cassette and hearing the intro thinking "oh it sounds like they have done some weird effect" .. only to realise it was being chewed up :rofl: .... it was another year or so before I got the CD so I could hear that part how it was meant to sound
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BY Danger Mouse
#845573
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:Side two was never quite as good as side one was it


Side 2 would also always have at least 30 seconds of silence at the end, be cause the total length of the songs on each side didn't match up.
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BY Kris
#845576
30 seconds is being generous!some were shockingly out...I still hoon tapes,and release them.Mostly because im a contrarian and want to make everything as difficult as possible in this streaming world
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BY Kris
#845577
i had a mate who's auto reverse was naffed on his alpine car stereo-it only played tapes in reverse.probably why he's into ambient dungeon synth these days
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BY hamo
#845581
Kris wrote:30 seconds is being generous!some were shockingly out...I still hoon tapes,and release them.Mostly because im a contrarian and want to make everything as difficult as possible in this streaming world


The term you're looking for is hipster. :mrgreen:

Dad has been busily digitising his old LPs, and probably cassettes too. You can get the tech to do it pretty cheaply from Jaycar.
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BY Terexgeek
#845583
willow13 wrote:I remember getting "and justice fo all" on cassette and hearing the intro thinking "oh it sounds like they have done some weird effect" .. only to realise it was being chewed up :rofl: .... it was another year or so before I got the CD so I could hear that part how it was meant to sound

To be fair you could play the CD and decide "oh it sounds like they have done some weird effect" with the lack of bass in the mix.

Great album, probably saved by the fact that all of us listening to it were listening on really shit headphones and speakers that had no bass anyway!
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BY willow13
#845609
Terexgeek wrote:
Great album, probably saved by the fact that all of us listening to it were listening on really shit headphones and speakers that had no bass anyway!


my ears might be fucked when it comes to Bass frequencies but honestly I can not hear fuck all bass on "Lightning" or "Puppets" either... I think the fact the guitars were so mid scooped and the drums do "dry" it kind of made it more noticeable that the bass was gone .. IMO