The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

6 August 2007

C30, C60, C90, go!

Two years ago there was a fair amount of buzz over a USB-based turntable from Ion, which plugs right into the PC and lets you rip that vinyl that's been cluttering up your room. Apparently it's sold well enough to justify a spin-off product: the TAPE2USB cassette deck, with actual switching for chromium-dioxide (Type II) and metal (Type IV) tape types.

Some form of the machine has apparently been floating around the rest of the world for some time now, but this is the first I'd heard of it. It won't be a must-buy for me, though, until they add in Dolby B noise reduction, which so far I haven't seen in Audacity and which Audacity developers say would be "tricky to get ... right without straight-up copying the actual process," something they'd like to avoid for the obvious reason. However, there is apparently a Winamp plugin with a built-in Dolby B workalike, so hope is not yet entirely dashed.

Posted at 1:16 PM to Entirely Too Cool

Two words: Griffin iMic.

It plugs into the headphone jack of your cassette deck/turntable/receiver/whatnot and into the USB on your PC or Macintosh. It comes with software that lets you rip and break apart tapes or other contiguous sound files into individual songs. And it costs $40.

Posted by: Brian J. at 1:48 PM on 6 August 2007

I was intrigued by the cassette deck. I'm STILL digitising various old tapes but most hiss removal post processing I've tried introduces odd anomalies so the winamp plugin looks interesing.

Posted by: Emalyse at 2:31 PM on 6 August 2007