I generally found that listening to tapes as I created them was easier and more fun, although my alternate method was also suitable. Now if I only could find some of my other old mix tapes …. Installation took about 15 minutes. Again, in one mouse-click, I was able to convert the second song. Installing the Plusdeck2 can be cumbersome, a situation that isn’t helped by the device’s often-incoherent documentation. This controls the device via the software. If that’s your preference, it’s certainly a lot less expensive than purchasing the Plusdeck2.
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I downloaded version 3. Pludseck2 “alternate” method I chose was a much easier overall process. This was of course from an older demographic. If your system lacks a serial interface, you’re out of luck, and if your sound board, like our Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro, has the wrong type of jacks, you’ll have to purchase adapters.
It does this by searching for distinct breaks in the recording that tape plusdek2 create during recording.
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I found it to be a bit scary to use this feature, as some tapes have these gaps even though you don’t want them there. Therefore, it is very easy, on all platforms, to create audio CDs from WAV files without losing any data or performing any major format conversion.
I converted the first song to WAV format, which is the general standard lossless format. Finally, you’ll need to connect the daughter board to a serial port on your computer. You can control the Plusdeck from the front of the drive as well as with software.
Again, in one mouse-click, I was able to convert the second song. Original story page here.
The Plusdeck2: Tape to MP3 –
The Plusdeck2 includes the ability to push your WAV and mp3 files onto a tape. 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. Read on for the complete story. Installing the Plusdeck2 can be cumbersome, a situation that isn’t helped by the device’s often-incoherent documentation. Now if I only could find some of my other old mix tapes ….
Each piece of music was converted to plusdecj2 MP3 file, and in almost every case, it did find the correct place to start and end. This fantastic device, supplied by geeks.
This controls the device via the software. Our evaluation unit lacked luxuries like Dolby noise reduction and bias settings for Type II chrome and Type IV metal tapes, but it lived up to our expectations in most other ways.
The software is very straightforward to use. Even though the Plusdeck 2 sits plusdecj2 a 5.
The included manual is thick and has a lot of pictures, making it pretty easy to install the kit. The pin cable from the drive, the serial cable to the serial port on the motherboard and the audio cables to the soundcard.
Now, of course, there will be those users who ask why one would buy a unit like this when you could easily plug your tape deck into the “Line In” of your soundcard and use an application like Audacity to manually import. Therefore, you’ll want to make sure you 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.
The controls allow you to choose from several possible destination audio formats.
Although it looks like it it might run via IDE, it does not – rather it has a a pin cable that connects to a daughter board that rests in the back of your PC. There’s no good plusreck2 not to do just that.
One friend wanted it to record all the old demo tapes his old band had done to digital format. The format supported are: Before I get tons of mail about it, let me say that it of course is very possible to hook up a normal cassette deck to the line-in of the computer and record that way.
I immediately wanted to test conversion with no further manual reading. There is no doubt, the Plusdeck2 is not for everyone. More audio hardware reviews: However, in fairness, it’s a small price to pay for the usefulness of the unit.