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conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

Hi,

Does anyone know a shop or service in Geneva where I can arrange to have cassette tapes converted to MP3s (preferably a simple place, not expensive)? Suggestions would be appreciated.

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Old 23.07.2012, 12:22
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

Where do you come from? 99% it will be cheaper to do them there
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

as you have a computer there will be a mic or line in socket, use that with a lead and some free recording software
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

Unless you need top audio quality I'd say any tape player with audio out, a connector cable, free software and your computer will get you the job done for no more than CHF 50.- (assuming you need to buy the tape deck). Easy to do and presumably unreasonably expensive to have it done.
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

If you have friends in the UK, this option has everything you need to do the job for a mere £12.99

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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

Earlier someone with a similiar need put out a Job Offered advert. I suggest the OP do this once eligible, and a member with the tape recorder, software and time can strike a meaningful lumpsum deal with the OP.
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

Cough <<http://thepiratebay.se/>> who said that
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If you have friends in the UK, this option has everything you need to do the job for a mere £12.99

You can get those here also. A quick search for "digitalisieren" on Ricardo came up with a few.
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You can get those here also. A quick search for "digitalisieren" on Ricardo came up with a few.
I tried one of these recently, but took it straight back (to Lidl in France, as it happens) when I realised it was simply a walkman with a USB output, so I'd still have to do all the recording, track separation and labelling and other stuff myself in real time. Pretty crap, really, if, like me, you've got a couple of hundred cassettes to digitise. And the recording software it came with was very poor, and even kept hanging, so I'd have needed to get something better anyway.

No, if I'm gonna do it manually I'll do it from my proper hi-quality cassette deck rather than a 10.99 piece of junk. Then again, if there were a device that would do the work for me, preferably at something a lot faster than playback speed, just pop the cassette in and save the file(s) when done, then I'd sacrifice quality for time (and money).

It was bad enough digitising my whole CD collection, but at least with that it was just a matter of putting the CD in, waiting while it auto-ripped and saved it, then putting the next one in when it auto-ejected.
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I'm not very techie and had thought there might be some hole in the wall shop somewhere where I could get it done easily and cheaply. I guess that doesn't really exist in Geneva.
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

Be prepared for them to look at you rather strange when you show them a tape especially if the person in the shop is a certain age they will think it odd that something older then CDs even exists!!
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Cough <<http://thepiratebay.se/>> who said that
Amen, brother. With my Internet connection, it was quicker to download good quality rips of my CDs than actually rip.

Both have the problem of crappy meta data and missing album art. But that does not take long to fix.....
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

I've just finished digitizing my collection of vinyl records. I reckon doing cassettes is going to come to much the same thing. It took me the better part of a year to do something like 250 records.
You have to do it in real-time. You obviously can't do it faster with records, but with cassettes you can't either, because you loose quality.
Breaking up the files into tracks, entering meta-data and so on takes almost as much time as recording the material in the first place. The software I had managed to find track-breaks on its own only about 50% of the time, the rest I had to find myself.
However, I'm pleased with the result, all stored on an NAS media server at home, backed-up, and available anywhere I want instantly.
And why did it take so long - well work it out - 45 minutes to record an LP, another 45 minutes to process it equals about 90 minutes per disk. So averaging 1 disk per evening was about it and there were plenty of evenings I had other things on too!
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I've just finished digitizing my collection of vinyl records. I reckon doing cassettes is going to come to much the same thing. It took me the better part of a year to do something like 250 records.
You have to do it in real-time. You obviously can't do it faster with records, but with cassettes you can't either, because you loose quality.
Breaking up the files into tracks, entering meta-data and so on takes almost as much time as recording the material in the first place. The software I had managed to find track-breaks on its own only about 50% of the time, the rest I had to find myself.
However, I'm pleased with the result, all stored on an NAS media server at home, backed-up, and available anywhere I want instantly.
And why did it take so long - well work it out - 45 minutes to record an LP, another 45 minutes to process it equals about 90 minutes per disk. So averaging 1 disk per evening was about it and there were plenty of evenings I had other things on too!
Wow, you've got patience. Congratulations, seems like do-it-yourself is the way in Geneva.
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I've just finished digitizing my collection of vinyl records. I reckon doing cassettes is going to come to much the same thing. It took me the better part of a year to do something like 250 records.
You have to do it in real-time. You obviously can't do it faster with records, but with cassettes you can't either, because you loose quality.
Breaking up the files into tracks, entering meta-data and so on takes almost as much time as recording the material in the first place. The software I had managed to find track-breaks on its own only about 50% of the time, the rest I had to find myself.

So what software did you use?
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

I had to purchase an A/D convertor with a pre-amp to connect my turntable to a USB port on my PC and that came with the necessary software - Terratec Sound Rescue. That comes with filters which gets rid of some the snap, crackle and pop of vinyl records, but my recommendation is to go easy on the filters. I think the whole package was someway below 100 CHF.
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I had to purchase an A/D convertor with a pre-amp to connect my turntable to a USB port on my PC and that came with the necessary software - Terratec Sound Rescue. That comes with filters which gets rid of some the snap, crackle and pop of vinyl records, but my recommendation is to go easy on the filters. I think the whole package was someway below 100 CHF.
Out of interest, why didn't you just plug the deck directly into the line-in port on your PC? Does that lose quality or something?

The software sounds interesting though, although some of those crackles and pops are so engrained in my memory they'd be the main reason I'd want to record my vinyl rather than replace from t'web
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You need at least a pre amp for a turntable.
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You need at least a pre amp for a turntable.
Yeah, I realised that later, but too late to edit my post.

I guess going through a proper amp (at low output) would be OK though, wouldn't it?
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Re: conversion of cassettes to MP3 - where in Geneva?

Try http://applian.com/replay-music/

I used it, it's not to bad.

BTW I did my vinyl direct into my sound card. Good enough for me.
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