How's it going, everybody?I bought a couple of cassette tape players and recorders last week from Lazada.
I'm gonna open them and try them out, see if they're any good.
They're not just ordinary cassette recorders though.
One of them was a USB Cassette Capture Recorder Cassette Tape to MP3 Converter.
Basically this cassette recorder is supposed to be able to save it into a thumb drive.
And this other one, is supposed to be almost the same thing, except it's got a USB cablethat links it directly to your computer.
I bought both because they were both cheap.
I got them at a Christmas sale.
These are what the boxes look like.
So they are essentially the same kind of item.
Except the output varies.
This one directly saves into thumb drive andthis one saves it into your computer.
So I'm gonna try out the one that directly connects to a thumb drive firstbefore I try this out.
There's kind of a slider.
All right, it popped open.
And then here, there's a slot for the battery.
You open it like this.
Britney cassette tape here.
Guess I align these pins with these holes over here.
So it's all settled in.
Gonna close it.
Just press the recording button then the device will start recording.
I found it.
This is the recording button.
It's so tiny.
It's like a dot with the "pause" sign.
So I'm gonna press it, it's gonna record to this.
And then if I press it again, it's supposed to stop.
When the green indicator light is on, it's supposed to be ready.
Interestingly, using the auxiliary input here,the manual says I can also record music fromother sources with a 3.
5 mm audio cable,other sources such as the radio, minidisc players,anything with an audio line out.
So maybe a turntable?Oh, and this auxiliary port here, it does double duty as a line-IN and OUT portbecause according to the manualyou can record from anything that has an audio-out source.
But this is also a line-OUT port, aside from being a line-IN port.
You could apparently plug in speakers here, or an earphone.
Anyway, we're gonna try recording, and thenI'm gonna try to plug in speakers to seeif it's actually playing my tape.
This is the record button.
Well, the green light is flashing.
I don't think anything is happening.
The tape is not moving.
Ok, I'm going to press "play" here.
The tape looks to be moving.
Now I'm gonna attempt to click "record".
Well, the tape is moving.
So on this side of the player, the green light is blinking.
And on this side you can see the tape is moving.
Oh hey, how handy,it comes with earphones.
So I'm gonna plug it in to this auxiliary portthat supposedly does double duty asas both an output and an input port.
Then I'm gonna slide the volume up high.
Britney is playing!Amazing!All right.
Now I'm gonna stop the recording.
I'm gonna press this again.
When I pressed this, the light stopped blinking.
But the tape is still running.
Now on to the next device.
Ok, this is the second device.
Super USB cassette capture.
So on this side, the other device earlierhas a USB On-the-Go port on the outsideto permit a thumb drive to be plugged in.
However, for this one, this side is very similar.
But it doesn't have a USB On-the-Go port.
It does have a mini USB jack.
It comes with Audacity, which is already what I use for recording audio.
Yep, it's an installation disc for Audacity.
But I already have Audacity.
That's what I usefor audio when I make these videos.
Interestingly, according to this manual,this green port here, similar to this,it also as an auxiliary input, not just an output.
I can also plug in a minidisc player, and thenI'll use an audio cable with 3.
5 mm on both ends.
For example, I'm gonna plug this in here.
It can also accept a radio, or a turntable.
Or basically anything that could output audio if you just have the proper cables.
Now I'm gonna try to play this cassette, Reel Big Fishto see if it's gonna be recorded into the computer successfully.
I slide the switch here, there's a little tab hereopen for the battery slotplug it inplug it inThis was a very good album.
I've to align these holes - here.
I'm gonna click "play".
This tape player, as a tape player, it does work.
Now let's see if it works plugged into my computer.
I'm gonna click "stop".
It popped out.
I've fired up Audacity on my laptop.
The tape is moving.
I'm gonna plug in this side, the mini USB,I'm gonna plug it in here.
So it's plugged in.
I'm supposed to go to "Preferences" - "Devices" .
It's not here.
I'm gonna restart Audacity.
Edit- Preferences - Devices - now it's here.
I shouldn't have opened Audacity before plugging this inbecause the input wasn't detected earlier.
USB PnP Audio.
Gonna click that.
Then the manual says in "Recording", I have to clickSoftware Playthrough.
Listen while recording or monitoring new track.
The sound is now coming out of my computer speakers.
Amazing!I don't know if the crackling is from the device orif my cassette is just really too old.
By the way the volume that you output it atthat's how loud it's gonna be recorded.
Now I slid the volume down, as you can see there'sbarely anything coming out there.
But the louder I slide it, it's getting louder again there.
When you monitor it.
Just keep that in mind.
This is a purely analogue solution.
It's not like you can lower the volume here butit's still gonna be loud over there.
What you hear here is what's coming into your computer.
Just keep that in mind.
All right!Both of these worked.
Obviously, they have their own pros and cons.
If you want to record this directly to your USB THUMB DRIVE,you could.
But then you can't really monitor it while it's recording.
Well, you could, with headphones, but then you can't really seethe up down of the tracks.
Like loudness and all that.
With this one, you could directly record it into your computer,and you could monitor it through Audacity, orsome fancier audio software like Garageband or something.
But in reality you don't actually need this device and this.
To record stuff into your computer.
If you have a working tape deck, you could directly record it intoyour computer via your computer's line-IN port.
If you still have a computer with a line-in port.
The thing is with a lot of laptops nowadays,it only comes with a single audio port.
It works as a microphone-in and a headphone-out.
While the microphone-in can serve double duty as a line-IN,I believe there's something off with thesound or is it the volume, there's something off with it,because the port was meant for microphone or it's not stereo.
I forget the thing.
But if you do still have a computer with a working line-IN port,you don't need this, you don't need this cable,all you need is just a working cassette player,an audio cable like thisboth ends that end in 3.
Or maybe if your tape deck runs 2 RCA, then ok.
One end that plugs into your tape deck- whatever shape it is.
The other end, a single 3.
5 mm jack becausemost line-IN ports in computer sound cards are like this.
Although there could be more exotic ones likeoptical or something else.
Anyway, the most common looks like this.
So this end, you plug into your computer.
If you know what I'm talking about, then that's great.
If you don't know what I'm talking about but are interested,although I think that's very unlikely in 2017,but if you are,I'm gonna take you on a short trip down memory laneon how I used to do it back in thelate 90s, early 2000s.
If you're not interested in watching that, it's ok.
You can stop the video right now.
We have already accomplished our agenda for this videowhich is trying out these MP3 capture devices for cassettes.
And they both work.
But if you want to know how to directly record into your computerbecause you don't want to save directly into thumb drivebecause you want to monitoror for any reason you want to directly record into your computerif your computer still has a working line-IN port,you can watch this.
But if you're not interested, you can stop right now.
And I hope you enjoyed watching.
I used to record cassettes from mp3s in my computer, and record mp3s FROM cassettes.
Recording cassettes from mp3s is similar to waiting for the song you like on the radio,then rushing to click record on your tape recorder.
I used a tape deck similar to this.
I would connect an audio cable to the AUXILIARY-IN of the tape deck from the LINE OUT port ofmy computer, which is usually green.
Usually, your speaker cables are plugged into the LINE OUT port.
Then I would click play on Winamp on my computer, the song will start to play, then I'd clickrecord simultaneously, and the tape deck would start recording the mp3 into cassette in realtime.
Meaning, I had to wait until the song ended to pause it.
Sometimes I would leave the tape deck since the tape would just record the next song inmy Winamp mp3 playlist anyway.
At least until one side is full.
I could not rely on AUTO-Reverse to flip the tape for recording to side B though, so Ijust had to return before one side is full.
When the mp3s pause for a split second between tracks, the cassette is recorded accordingly,with a gap between tracks.
Some of the fancier tape decks I've used (one was in a car), can detect that gap betweentracks.
And if you long press on "fast forward", instead of skipping through the song then you pausingwhen it seems like the appropriate amount of time has passed and you've reached thenext song, it whizzes through the song and skips right to the next track!I would also record songs the other way.
Earlier, I talked of recording songs from my computer INTO cassette.
I would also record songs occasionally FROM cassette INTO the computer.
I did that more rarely though.
Only when I had some songs on cassette that I found hard to download online - whetherI could not find it or my dial-up internet was too slow.
I would play the song on my tape deck or on a portable tape player like this.
It still works.
You can hear my Naughty by Nature tape playing.
This device also doubles as a sound recorder, that's why it has built in speakers.
Most portable tape players do not.
This sound recorder only records from its built in microphone though.
It has no auxiliary input.
So if I wanted to record a song on to a cassette from my computer, I still have to use my normaltape deck with the auxiliary input as I described above.
So I would connect a cable with 3.
5mm heads on both ends, one end to the headphone jackof the tape player, then the other end to the LINE-IN port of the computer.
Usually the lin-IN is colored blue.
Then I'd open a sound recording program, and it would detect any sound entering the computerfrom the LINE-IN port and record it.
There's fancier software that can detect gaps between tracks and split the recorded soundsinto separate MP3s, but I rarely record whole albums this way.
Usually just one or two songs, so a basic sound recorder was fine for me.
There are two tabs on the top left and top right of cassette tapes.
If you break off the tabs, it prevents the cassette from being recorded over in taperecorders.
Once I've finalized a mix tape, I would break off the tabs since I'm so forgetful, I don'twant to accidentally tape over my mix tape.
These are what the tabs look like when they're not yet broken.
These are tabs from a commercially bought cassette tape album.
Back in the day I had this Minidisc recorder/ player.
This Minidisc recorder actually could record from different sources.
It has a line-IN port.
It could record from different sources like this one.
It could record from a turntable, a radio, or whatever sourcethat could output its music into this.
This does NOT have a microphone though,so this is not like those things where you talk into it for reporters.
It does have a microphone-IN portso you can plug in a lav mic or something.
I had a bunch of Minidiscs like this and I would record them heresimilar to how you record cassette tapes, justbecause this is a superior format to cassettes.
I don't talk about superiority in terms of audio qualitythe way audiophiles keep arguing "oh records, vinylis better than this because of that that,but then CDs, yada yada.
"I don't talk about superiority like that.
For me superiority is convenience and hardiness of the media.
This one is not very hardy.
It's kind of fragile actually.
I've had tapes where the tape inside just got caught in a loopand it's just ruined.
Or CDs are scratchable, so I have to be very very careful with them.
With this one, it's optical media.
There's a CD inside but it's encased in this plastic.
Kind of like a diskette.
I don't know if anyone's familiar with diskettes nowadays.
My definition of superiority is convenience and hardiness.
It's not gonna get ruined.
So I had this.
And then I would put this in and record.
I can no longer open this because the tab thing is broken.
This came out the year the first iPod came out.
The iPod Classic with the click wheel.
I stupidly chose this over the iPod Classic.
The iPod Classic turned into the iPhone, blah blah blah,and Sony kind of got lost in the race to digital music.
And we know the rest of history.
I backed the wrong horse in other words.
If anyone's interested, you can leave a comment,I can make a video about Minidiscs.
But it's kind of like a dead medium nowadays.
I forgot to introduce the books I wanted to talk about.
This one is a very cool book.
It's called Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture.
It's edited by Thurston Moore.
The man from Sonic Youth.
It's a very cool book.
It has all these picturesand essays about cassette culture as the title says.
This other book, it's more on boomboxes.
I just thought about this because we got all these tape players.
This book is called The Boombox Project: the machines,the music, and the urban underground.
It's by a guy called Lyle Owerko, with a foreword by Spike Lee!If you open it, you can see David Byrne.
I don't know why it opened to David Byrne.
But you can see all these classic boomboxes.
It's got essays, interviews, pictures of different boomboxes,people using the boomboxes, the stories behind the boomboxes.
If you love analogue media, if you love music history,you'll love this book!If you don't love these things, thenwhat are you watching a video on cassette recorderss in 2017 for?Ah.
This is such a cool.
You can buy it.
Because I'm not gonna stand hereand flip through the whole book.
I just want to recommend these two books.
Thank you for watching everybody.
I hope you found it informative.
Merry Christmas!If I don't finish editing this in time for Christmas,then Happy New Year, Happy Holidays.
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