Rip Audio Cassette Tapes to MP3's?

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  1. Johnny Angell

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    I have discovered I have several audio books on tape. I'd like to rip these into my itunes library on my iMac.

    I have a very special one that I searched for online and it can't be found (at least I didn't). It's The Lost World by Doyle and it's read by James Mason. He does a terrific job, and I've listened to it many times. The only drawback is that it's abridged.

    I've had this tape for 20 years, I think. I wan't to get it onto something more reliable and portable along with my other audio books on tape.

    These are all audio books I have purchased.

    Anybody here done this?
     
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    Thanks for checking. Somewhere in my audible books I have Lost World, but it is the James Mason version I want to get ripped into an mp3. It is special, even abridged.
     
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    By the way, you may not even need a "cassette/USB".

    If your computers mic input is compatible with RCA(as in analog signal)...any cassette deck will work with a 1/8th-RCA cable.

    IF you got a cassette deck, worth the shot.
     
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    wont argue that. A great narrator elevates a book.
     
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    James Mason had one those voices, a pleasure to listen too. I'm remember him in North by Northwest..."You used real bullets. How unsporting of you."
     
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    I'll look into that.
     
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    The iMac does have an audio in/out (labeled with a headphones symbol), so I guess I could do what you suggest. However, wouldn't it be better quality to use a cassette with usb output?
     
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    1. Depends on the quality of the cassette deck you've got.2. Depends on the quality of that input vs the USB.Both...at the moment, are unknowns.You might even try a bluetooth sender to the iMac...???(just a theory as I don't know if Apple comps can record that way)
     
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    I'll just throw this out, because I know not everyone has this equipment - but the way I did my audio books on cassette was to record them on a standalone DVD recorder. (When there is no video feed, it is just black.) Then I used a program called DVD Audio Ripper to get the audio off of the DVDs in mp3 format. The DVD is also a great archival method, since they are more stable (we hope) than cassettes and you can play them almost anywhere. Another benefit is the long running time, so you can get a whole audio book on a single DVD. It worked for me.
     
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    That's a great idea, Bryan. I'd jump all over it if I had a dvd recorder. What kind of input into the DVD recorder did you use?
     
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    I just used RCA cables from the cassette deck to the DVD recorder. Very standard connections.

    If you feel it is worthwhile (maybe you have old VHS tapes that need to be digitized) you might pick up a DVD recorder; amazon has a Toshiba for about $100, the refurbs are going for $80. I did all my VHS that way and I found it much easier than using the computer with all the rendering, etc. Besides the audio books, I also archived many old cassettes I had of musical performances from school, some "letters on tape" from my Uncle, etc. Toshiba DR430 DVD Recorder
     
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    Well, I do have some cassettes I wouldn't mind moving over to DVD's. I would imagine to do both the DVD's and the cassette tapes I'd have to hook up the dvd recorder into my HT system. Looks like RCA composites would be the best choice available for hookup to my HT. Once I've recorded a VHS cassette to dvd, I''m done with the vhs process. When I record an audiobook to dvd, I would then stick the dvd into my iMac and use whatever software I can find to rip it to mp3. Correct?

    Was that DVD Audio Ripper a mac program?

    Edit: Answer is No.
     
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    I don't have mac, but I did a quick google search for DVD audio rippers for mac and quite a few results came up. They seem to call them DVD audio extractors rather than rippers, but sounds like they do the same thing.
     

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