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I now run a PS Audio Nuwave Phono converter, which also has a line level input to run through it’s ADC... picking up all the ‘80s-‘90s punk demo tapes, to digitise, on Discogs for a few dollars is an attractive idea.

 

I have no desire for another component, and they’d all be a rare listen anyway, but having them on my hard drive is highly attractive.

 

Considering the likely quality of the sources, what are some ideas for a good quality deck I could flip after I digitise?

 

 

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If you research the better of the following brands of decks.

Tascam

Studer
ReVox

Nakamichi

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Not the quality you're looking forward, but I have an old Luxman you can play with to sort out work flows and see if it feels worthwhile going all in. Canberra 2602.

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Considering it's to digitize < all the ‘80s-‘90s punk demo tapes >

any mid model cassette deck would suffice, main problem are the drive belts with any vintage machine. Over the years most rubber drive belts turn to an unpleasant black slime. Obtaining new belts for most machines quite easy, just need the correct length, although you'll need a service manual to get inside! The mechanicals are fiendishly complicated!

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26 minutes ago, Monty said:

Not the quality you're looking forward, but I have an old Luxman you can play with to sort out work flows and see if it feels worthwhile going all in. Canberra 2602.

That’s incredibly generous, ty.

 

I’ll get my arse into gear and narrow down what recording software (I have a few plausible ideas that have trials) and I’ll find some kind of decent tape somewhere for the experiment. 
 

I’m on holidays ATM, but I’ll shoot you a PM in about a week?

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I have heap of metal and punk cassettes from the late eighties and nineties with some demoes from Canberra if you are interested. There are some really obscure bands.


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On 20/05/2020 at 6:39 AM, jmpg said:

I have heap of metal and punk cassettes from the late eighties and nineties with some demoes from Canberra if you are interested. There are some really obscure bands.


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If the OP doesn't want them I may be interested. Metal and punk from the 80's and early 90's is right up my alley ;) 

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Ill take some pics and post them, if i am able to on this forum, cheers.

its a history of metal and hardcore 

 

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6 minutes ago, jmpg said:

Ill take some pics and post them, if i am able to on this forum, cheers.

its a history of metal and hardcore 

 

Awesome. Thanks very much ;) 

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Just a test post to see if the forum will let me post images

 

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On 26/12/2019 at 8:11 PM, H.E. Pennypacker said:

I now run a PS Audio Nuwave Phono converter, which also has a line level input to run through it’s ADC... picking up all the ‘80s-‘90s punk demo tapes, to digitise, on Discogs for a few dollars is an attractive idea.

 

I have no desire for another component, and they’d all be a rare listen anyway, but having them on my hard drive is highly attractive.

 

Considering the likely quality of the sources, what are some ideas for a good quality deck I could flip after I digitise?

 

 

Using the Nuwave as the ADC is a great idea.   You don't ever want to connect an analog source straight to a PC unless you have a pro sound card with shielding etc.  External ADC avoids getting PC noise induced onto the signal before the conversion takes place.

 

When I digitized a lot of cassettes a few years ago I used a Yamaha KX-500A.  It's a good reliable machine with a few extra features to help extract the best from older tapes.  I replaced the belt, cleaned and aligned it first, then cleaned and de-magnetized the heads regularly throughout the process.  I also used my AR.T. USB Dual-Pre as an external sound card and it worked a treat.

I used the Roxio software, which had one of the best algorithms for hiss reduction at that time.  It came in handy on a few tapes that needed it.   There's probably a lot more choice in software available now, but I'm still really happy with the results.

 

They're all now stored in FLAC format on the NAS with a backup on the "E:" drive in the desktop PC.

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