The result was good. You will want to note that the unit is suceptible to interference, so you’ll want to keep additional noise, rattling, and computer movement to a minimum while recording. Instead BTO comes to the rescue with the Plusdeck 2, a product that gives you the flexibility of a cassette deck inside your PC. When you record to mp3, it’s interesting to see that the unit actually records a WAV file, and then encodes it once the recording is completed. While it’s really not very tough to hook up to anyone with much PC experience, the device appears to be very complex for someone who hasn’t toyed with computer cabling before. About the Author Don Labriola. Despite its rough edges, our early-production test unit provided solid, crash-free performance and delivered better sound than we would have expected from a mid-priced consumer tape deck.
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In the end, not many have the computer and the cassette deck in close proximity.
Recording to disk occurs in real time and you can listen to the content as it plays. While the interface is minimal and arguably not the most attractive, it’s extremely simple to use and very concise, both positives in my book. However, having done that many times before, there’s no question that it’s certainly many times faster to use the Plusdeck2.
There’s no good reason not to do just that. Finally, you’ll need to connect the daughter board to a serial port on your computer. I converted the first song to WAV format, which is the general standard lossless format.
Therefore, you’ll want to make sure plisdeck2 have about MB available in addition to the space needed for the your mp3 if you are converting the first side of a minute cassette. That said, the requirements for the Plusdeck2 are very minimal: Username or Email Password. These tapes have no track gaps, and as such, this feature doesn’t work. Again, in one mouse-click, I was able to convert the second song.
This controls the device via the software. Once you have the device connected, you’ll need to install the companion software. Another guy wanted it to record some of his old mix-tapes to the PC, just like me.
Recording to disk occurs in real time and you can listen to the content as it plays. You can control the Plusdeck from the front of the drive as well as with software. Plusdeck22 is actually what the Plusdeck is doing, albeit in a more user-friendly way. About the Author Don Labriola.
The mp3 quality is really nice. The first, and largest complaint I have about the Plusdeck2 is the instruction manual.
So what is the target audience for this device? If that’s your preference, it’s certainly a lot less expensive than purchasing the Plusdeck2.
The result was good. The cable is then connected to the small connection card that is placed above one of the PCI-slots. Our biggest beef was with the Plusdeck2’s Auto-Split feature, which tries to save each tape track as a separate MP3 file, but doesn’t work reliably with source material that has a wide dynamic range. I generally found that listening to tapes as I created them was easier and more fun, although my alternate method was also suitable.
Its bundled software made it simple to copy a tape to our hard drive in MP3 format, or to record a cassette from WAV files, MP3 files, a CD, the deck’s built-in stereo mic, or any other audio source routed through our sound board.
The Plusdeck2: Tape to MP3 –
The first, and largest complaint I have about the Plusdeck2 is the instruction manual. For my second conversion, I selected kpbs mp3. Finally, you’ll need to connect the daughter board to a serial port plusdeci2 your computer. This was of course from an older demographic. There is no doubt, the Plusdeck2 is not for everyone.
Converting music on cassette tapes to digital music or back no longer is a complicated matter of hooking up your cassette deck to the PC. Original story page here.