• ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
  • ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
  • ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
  • ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
  • ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
  • ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
  • ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
  • ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
  • ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out
ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out

ION Tape Express Plus | Cassette Player and Tape-to-Digital Converter with USB & 1/8" Out

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  • USB cassette player for converting your music or recordings into MP3
  • Audio output jack for headphone or speaker playback
  • Powered by mini-USB or 2 AA batteries
  • EZ Tape Converter software included for transfer and dubbing to computer

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What You Need To KnowUsed this product to convert tape cassettes to digital format in my computer. The supplied software was easy to use, and unit worked in the first try. The output was a little noisy, maybe because the tapes were old. Overall, the product is ok, and does what it's intended for. You must be aware that the unit does not play auto reverse, meaning it will only play one side of the tape and stop. You have to flip the tape to play the other side. I found this to be inconvenient. Then the music is converted to .WAV file in your computer, there is no other output other than WAV. WAV is ok, but it has bigger files than MP3. If you want to convert the WAV to MP3, you need another converter. Then once the MP3s are produced, you need to go to your folder and erase the WAV files. I found this very inconvenient, too, and involves more processes. I wish the manufacturer would come out with a software that would convert the tapes directly to MP3.3If you learn how to use it, this baby is awesomeI needed to convert my tape collection, and we tired of using headphone jacks. This thing is fantastic.In response to other reviews:1) The unit is plenty loud enough even with the cheapo included headphones2) it's not meant to be used as a walkman. Don't try and you won't be disappointed.3) The included software has good intentions. Poor execution. Use Audacity, not iTunes.Pros:1) It's the right price2) Easy operation3) True plug and play on Vista. Just plug it into a USB port and it worked instantly with Audacity. Did you hear that? No driver problems! Very unexpected, very welcome. This gets ignored when it works well, but people complain about it when it doesn't work.4) Loop feature. Turn on the tape, walk away, come back when it has done both sides.5) Auto volume for recording. Don't have to mess with it.6) No batteries, no power cordsCons:1) Plastic body. It'll hold up for my tape collection, but I would never take it outside.2) Hum during recording. Don't know if it's the tape or the player, but it happened on both cassettes so far.3) No auto-stop. When it has played both sides of the tape, it should know that it is done, right? It doesn't.How to use it (or how it works for me):Plugged in the USB cable (no battery needed, none used). Put in a tape. Pressed play.I have used the included software option and the Audacity option. Audacity is better. Here's why: the included software has a feature. It auto-detects when a song ends and another song begins. But it is not 100% (it missed 3 breaks in the tape I just did, and it was a commercial music tape). And it does not have a noise reduction function, which it desperately needs.Using Audacity, download it for free. Then follow the links on the Audacity site and download the lame MP3 encoder. That's the name, not a description. It works great. Using this setup is simple:1) start Audacity2) click record3) press the play button on the unit4) when you are done recording, click stop in Audacity5) stop the player6) select a small section of "silence" in the recording.7) in the Effect drop-down menu, select Noise Removal8) Click Get Noise Profile9) Select the entire recording (all 90 minutes at once if you have a recording that long)10) in the Effect drop-down menu, select Noise Removal11) Click Remove Noise. Wait for it to finish.12) You can easily see where songs start and finish, so highlight 1 song, go to file-->Export selection as MP3, and save it. Do this for each song. You now have the songs saved, named, and noise is removed. You don't need that tape any more. You win!5Sort of worksBought this to convert several old 4-track cassette recordings (made on a Tascam) to digital. The sound quality is OK considering the source material, but I really don't have a comparison with another such recorder (that is, I don't know whether say a more expensive one would result in higher quality, less noise, etc.). Without such a comparison across hardware devices, it is impossible to judge whether this device is as high quality as possible.My main beef is with the software. I got the impression that it would convert to .wav files, and maybe it will using a PC, but that option simply isn't there with a Mac (it converts to .m4a files). Additionally, the software crashes frequently, which is a pain because then you have to go back and find the start of the track again. Perhaps there are other software options, but as I only had a few tapes to convert I didn't bother to investigate.So, it works, but the hardware quality is unknown and there are significant issues that may be addressed with better software.3Great for the MoneyAfter reading some of the reviews, you would swear that this was a piece of junk, however it was exactly what I needed to get these old recordings off of tape and into my iTunes! Granted, the player is made of plastic (chromed plastic). It's not something you'd want to abuse or tote around with you, but sitting on my desk it does the job it is intended to do. I just transferred a 20 year old musical recording of a friend of mine and now it's off of that old tape and into my system where I can back it up for the future.If you're looking for a cheap way to turn your tapes into MP3s, this is a great way to go. It was super simple. I loaded the software in about 2 minutes, plugged it into my Mac's USB port and pressed record and play...It's as easy as that! The only drawback is that if you want to separate your tape into separate songs, you do have to sit through the song and press "new track" on your screen. Otherwise, it's pretty great. If you want a super high-end system, this isn't it, but I'm very satisfied with my results so far.4Do yourself a favor find a better product I really wanted this to be a solution for transferring my tapes to digital format but alas as many reviews have stated this product does not work. The ION tape express plus is incapable of playing tapes at the correct speed. condition of the tapes did not matter brand new or old all tapes played too slow. if it could play at the correct speed it would be a good product but since it can't it's a total waste of your money. do yourself a favor and look for something else. 1Playback speed varies all over the place. Nothing remained in consistent tune or key. I found this easy to use. The software comes on a CD, and I don't have such a drive anymore, but it was easily downloadable from the Ion website. You pretty much just plug in the device via USB, press record on the software and press play on the device.I bought this to recover a 30-year-old cassette of bedroom demos. The sound quality was horrible, with lots of noise, probably due to degradation of the tape. That was sort of expected, and not the fault of the device.What made this unusable was inconsistency of playback speed. It will suddenly speed up or slow down, and drift all over the place during playback. This is not due to anything on the source tape because the speed variations were not consistent from one playback to the next. A track that was originally 1:52 in length clocked in at 2:11. That amount of slowdown might even be acceptable if it was consistent, but as it is the overall pitch is moving around randomly by as much as a third. Completely unusable.I'd be willing to buy their larger more expensive tape-deck form-factor model if playback speed was consistent. Anyone with experience with both? 2Works great with a couple of cassettes and then proceeds to destroy them.This worked like a charm at the beginning. Setting it up and starting to use it is as easy as easy can be with computers. You just install the program that comes in a CD in the package and connect the device. It worked like a charm and with great sound quality for 3 cassettes and then it proceeded to 'eat' both of the cassettes I tried after that. The head would just pull the tape and either break it or wind it up in between the mechanism. I contacted ION directly and they told me that I had a faulty device and to just return it. I exchanged it and the "new" device I received sounded like a rattle straight out the box. It came broken. I do think the second device was something that someone else had already returned, because it was packed incorrectly, but still.All in all. It's not really worth it to risk destroying your cassettes in this Russian roulette of a device.1A Great Walkman with a USB connector, but makes Soft Buzzing from the Motor. I bought one of these for me to get my old short wave, long wave, and AM-FM DX logs to convert to mp3, and it has good sound quality, but there is a problem the motor inside the cassette player makes a soft buzzing sound, and it's hard to get rid of. I wish that Ion would find a new design to get rid of the soft buzzing sound when you play tapes in the cassette player. I guess I will have to deal with this until I can get one of those line in type sound card devices and connect a decent walkman or cassette deck next time. It's good to have around, the good thing is that I can listen to the tapes using VLC capture software, and I don't have to use the included software, I can use audicity. Maybe there is software out that will remove motor noise. 4Don't Buy It! Two Bad Devices in a RowUpdate: The reviews both online and here at Amazon say this is the best value device to get but most of those reviews date back 5-7 years ago. Today, 2018, this unit is junk. It's as if the manufacturer forgot how to make cassette tapes players.Both units I received from Amazon had continuous "click-click-click" noises and one of them had a medium-pitch buzz as well. Customer support told me that it was unusual and a flawed device, so I returned this first one and purchased a second one. Whoops! Same issue. Until the vendor goes public with some understanding of how his Chinese vendor is screwing up the design, don't buy it.My initial review: "Although some independent reviewers ranked this highly, the unit I received had loud and continuous "click-click-click" noises throughout the recording. I called Ion's tech support and they had no advice to offer but it's defective, return it for another one from Amazon. I have a feeling this happens a lot with this product."1Seriously, for the price, this is a fantastic little gadget. (Don t buy the cheaper ones.) Four stars because first unit was DOA, its replacement worked great.I ditched my last high-quality tape deck in 1998 when I was moving. (And I gave away all my cassettes as party favors @ my bon voyage party. Nobody wanted them, as we all had CDs by then. And now our CDs are obsolete...)If you ve got a good quality tape deck/player around, I would suppose an RCA converter cable would produce higher quality playback.But this little gadget is a pretty decent player. I agree with other 4- & 5-star reviewers:- For the price, this device is great. Yes, it s cheaply made.- Don t use this as a Walkman. Your tapes are likely just as old as the ones my parents wanted to convert. Sooner or later they re going to break. Use this to CONVERT those tapes so you re not further taxing delicate old cassettes.- Use Audacity and do it the right way (see 2011 review from T. Farnsworth VERY thorough), then watch a few Audacity cassette conversion videos on YouTube. I was amazed at how well my conversion files sounded.- I d give it five stars for noise cancellation, but that was really Audacity s doing, not this unit s. 4Junk from an rude companyAmazon was amazing and got the device to me the same day. My dad had a ION Tape2PC converter that worked well for years. So I decided to give this device a try since it was by the same company. I plug it into my iMac running 10.13 (ION's website says it is compatible with 10.4-10.14) and i get this high pitch whirring noise like the Tardis is going to land in office and the tape is skipping. I've never heard a cassette tape "skip" before this. through the headphones, the tape sounded fine, but the output from the computer was just awful. I recorded a small clip and it was too jumbled to even understand what was being said. When I called into ION for assistance, the representative, Al, said he would email me the link to the software (which I already had) and some "tips" from their website (which I had already read and tried). He then told me he had to get to his next call and hung up on me. I am not impressed with the product or the customer service this company provides and will be returning the device ASAP.1The product isn't worth orderingLooking at the variety of reviews, it appears that you might get a lemon or a working ION. I got a lemon. The tape speed varies and the background noise is ridiculous. But wait - before I give up, I will return this lemon and take the risk of getting a better one. I'll be back with another review to see if the 2nd one works. This one that I received from AMAZON does not - it is an absolute failure of a product.I got another from Anazon - unfortunately this new one is the same - speed varies and background noise is dreadful plus this new one shuts down in the middle of songs.Also, with Amazon Prime returns - the UPS man has been showing up without label - another bit of our service economy with poor service - so I'm out of money and hope thanks to Ion and Amazon.Pass this product by.1Very simple - plug and play - quality seems to be as good as the quality of the original cassettesI have a bunch of cassette tapes that I recorded for myself when I was in college. I have some others that my wife recorded for me before we were married. I was able to begin the process of digitizing them in about 2 minutes after receiving this product in the mail. It couldn't have been easier.I have an iMac and I used Garageband to capture the audio.Here are the steps- Plugged the tape player into the USB port on my Mac- Opened Garageband- Opened Garageband Preferences > Audio/MIDI tab > Changed the Input Device to USB (see picture).- In the track settings (on the bottom of the screen) I turned on Monitoring (which allows you to hear what you're capturing while you're capturing it) and Automatic Level Control which just adjusts the recording volume automatically (see picture).- Pushed play on the tape player and record in Garageband.That's it. It worked perfectly. The reason I prefer Garageband to Audacity is simply that I already had it on my computer and it doesn't need an add-on codec to export to MP3.I've digitized three of my old cassettes. I have six more to go.5Do NOT buy this product!!!Do NOT by any means purchase this piece of equipment!!! I bought the ION Turntable several months ago to adapt all of my old vinyl albums into mp3 files. It was fantastic and worked perfectly! So I thought this ION product would be just as good for cassettes. WRONG!!! I have never been so disappointed in a product as I was with this piece of trash. I put in my first cassette and hit the record button on my PC. The tape speed was NOT consistent, causing the music to modulate between several different keys and waver up and down every few seconds. If you know anything about music (I'm actually a musician and music teacher) you know this is not acceptable. At first I thought maybe it was just a bad cassette, but after trying several different cassettes it was clear that it was indeed the unit. I had to actually find an old tape player from the basement and patch it through the aux port in the ION turntable to transfer the music from the cassettes through the turntable to my PC. Fortunately that worked because I was really pressed for time to finish a project using those old cassettes. So the bottom line is my ION cassette adapter is now in the garbage, and you need to do a little more research to find a better product because this one is NOT IT!!!1
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What You Need To KnowUsed this product to convert tape cassettes to digital format in my computer. The supplied software was easy to use, and unit worked in the first try. The output was a little noisy, maybe because the tapes were old. Overall, the product is ok, and does what it's intended for. You must be aware that the unit does not play auto reverse, meaning it will only play one side of the tape and stop. You have to flip the tape to play the other side. I found this to be inconvenient. Then the music is converted to .WAV file in your computer, there is no other output other than WAV. WAV is ok, but it has bigger files than MP3. If you want to convert the WAV to MP3, you need another converter. Then once the MP3s are produced, you need to go to your folder and erase the WAV files. I found this very inconvenient, too, and involves more processes. I wish the manufacturer would come out with a software that would convert the tapes directly to MP3.3If you learn how to use it, this baby is awesomeI needed to convert my tape collection, and we tired of using headphone jacks. This thing is fantastic.In response to other reviews:1) The unit is plenty loud enough even with the cheapo included headphones2) it's not meant to be used as a walkman. Don't try and you won't be disappointed.3) The included software has good intentions. Poor execution. Use Audacity, not iTunes.Pros:1) It's the right price2) Easy operation3) True plug and play on Vista. Just plug it into a USB port and it worked instantly with Audacity. Did you hear that? No driver problems! Very unexpected, very welcome. This gets ignored when it works well, but people complain about it when it doesn't work.4) Loop feature. Turn on the tape, walk away, come back when it has done both sides.5) Auto volume for recording. Don't have to mess with it.6) No batteries, no power cordsCons:1) Plastic body. It'll hold up for my tape collection, but I would never take it outside.2) Hum during recording. Don't know if it's the tape or the player, but it happened on both cassettes so far.3) No auto-stop. When it has played both sides of the tape, it should know that it is done, right? It doesn't.How to use it (or how it works for me):Plugged in the USB cable (no battery needed, none used). Put in a tape. Pressed play.I have used the included software option and the Audacity option. Audacity is better. Here's why: the included software has a feature. It auto-detects when a song ends and another song begins. But it is not 100% (it missed 3 breaks in the tape I just did, and it was a commercial music tape). And it does not have a noise reduction function, which it desperately needs.Using Audacity, download it for free. Then follow the links on the Audacity site and download the lame MP3 encoder. That's the name, not a description. It works great. Using this setup is simple:1) start Audacity2) click record3) press the play button on the unit4) when you are done recording, click stop in Audacity5) stop the player6) select a small section of "silence" in the recording.7) in the Effect drop-down menu, select Noise Removal8) Click Get Noise Profile9) Select the entire recording (all 90 minutes at once if you have a recording that long)10) in the Effect drop-down menu, select Noise Removal11) Click Remove Noise. Wait for it to finish.12) You can easily see where songs start and finish, so highlight 1 song, go to file-->Export selection as MP3, and save it. Do this for each song. You now have the songs saved, named, and noise is removed. You don't need that tape any more. You win!5Sort of worksBought this to convert several old 4-track cassette recordings (made on a Tascam) to digital. The sound quality is OK considering the source material, but I really don't have a comparison with another such recorder (that is, I don't know whether say a more expensive one would result in higher quality, less noise, etc.). Without such a comparison across hardware devices, it is impossible to judge whether this device is as high quality as possible.My main beef is with the software. I got the impression that it would convert to .wav files, and maybe it will using a PC, but that option simply isn't there with a Mac (it converts to .m4a files). Additionally, the software crashes frequently, which is a pain because then you have to go back and find the start of the track again. Perhaps there are other software options, but as I only had a few tapes to convert I didn't bother to investigate.So, it works, but the hardware quality is unknown and there are significant issues that may be addressed with better software.3Great for the MoneyAfter reading some of the reviews, you would swear that this was a piece of junk, however it was exactly what I needed to get these old recordings off of tape and into my iTunes! Granted, the player is made of plastic (chromed plastic). It's not something you'd want to abuse or tote around with you, but sitting on my desk it does the job it is intended to do. I just transferred a 20 year old musical recording of a friend of mine and now it's off of that old tape and into my system where I can back it up for the future.If you're looking for a cheap way to turn your tapes into MP3s, this is a great way to go. It was super simple. I loaded the software in about 2 minutes, plugged it into my Mac's USB port and pressed record and play...It's as easy as that! The only drawback is that if you want to separate your tape into separate songs, you do have to sit through the song and press "new track" on your screen. Otherwise, it's pretty great. If you want a super high-end system, this isn't it, but I'm very satisfied with my results so far.4Do yourself a favor find a better product I really wanted this to be a solution for transferring my tapes to digital format but alas as many reviews have stated this product does not work. The ION tape express plus is incapable of playing tapes at the correct speed. condition of the tapes did not matter brand new or old all tapes played too slow. if it could play at the correct speed it would be a good product but since it can't it's a total waste of your money. do yourself a favor and look for something else. 1Playback speed varies all over the place. Nothing remained in consistent tune or key. I found this easy to use. The software comes on a CD, and I don't have such a drive anymore, but it was easily downloadable from the Ion website. You pretty much just plug in the device via USB, press record on the software and press play on the device.I bought this to recover a 30-year-old cassette of bedroom demos. The sound quality was horrible, with lots of noise, probably due to degradation of the tape. That was sort of expected, and not the fault of the device.What made this unusable was inconsistency of playback speed. It will suddenly speed up or slow down, and drift all over the place during playback. This is not due to anything on the source tape because the speed variations were not consistent from one playback to the next. A track that was originally 1:52 in length clocked in at 2:11. That amount of slowdown might even be acceptable if it was consistent, but as it is the overall pitch is moving around randomly by as much as a third. Completely unusable.I'd be willing to buy their larger more expensive tape-deck form-factor model if playback speed was consistent. Anyone with experience with both? 2Works great with a couple of cassettes and then proceeds to destroy them.This worked like a charm at the beginning. Setting it up and starting to use it is as easy as easy can be with computers. You just install the program that comes in a CD in the package and connect the device. It worked like a charm and with great sound quality for 3 cassettes and then it proceeded to 'eat' both of the cassettes I tried after that. The head would just pull the tape and either break it or wind it up in between the mechanism. I contacted ION directly and they told me that I had a faulty device and to just return it. I exchanged it and the "new" device I received sounded like a rattle straight out the box. It came broken. I do think the second device was something that someone else had already returned, because it was packed incorrectly, but still.All in all. It's not really worth it to risk destroying your cassettes in this Russian roulette of a device.1A Great Walkman with a USB connector, but makes Soft Buzzing from the Motor. I bought one of these for me to get my old short wave, long wave, and AM-FM DX logs to convert to mp3, and it has good sound quality, but there is a problem the motor inside the cassette player makes a soft buzzing sound, and it's hard to get rid of. I wish that Ion would find a new design to get rid of the soft buzzing sound when you play tapes in the cassette player. I guess I will have to deal with this until I can get one of those line in type sound card devices and connect a decent walkman or cassette deck next time. It's good to have around, the good thing is that I can listen to the tapes using VLC capture software, and I don't have to use the included software, I can use audicity. Maybe there is software out that will remove motor noise. 4Don't Buy It! Two Bad Devices in a RowUpdate: The reviews both online and here at Amazon say this is the best value device to get but most of those reviews date back 5-7 years ago. Today, 2018, this unit is junk. It's as if the manufacturer forgot how to make cassette tapes players.Both units I received from Amazon had continuous "click-click-click" noises and one of them had a medium-pitch buzz as well. Customer support told me that it was unusual and a flawed device, so I returned this first one and purchased a second one. Whoops! Same issue. Until the vendor goes public with some understanding of how his Chinese vendor is screwing up the design, don't buy it.My initial review: "Although some independent reviewers ranked this highly, the unit I received had loud and continuous "click-click-click" noises throughout the recording. I called Ion's tech support and they had no advice to offer but it's defective, return it for another one from Amazon. I have a feeling this happens a lot with this product."1Seriously, for the price, this is a fantastic little gadget. (Don t buy the cheaper ones.) Four stars because first unit was DOA, its replacement worked great.I ditched my last high-quality tape deck in 1998 when I was moving. (And I gave away all my cassettes as party favors @ my bon voyage party. Nobody wanted them, as we all had CDs by then. And now our CDs are obsolete...)If you ve got a good quality tape deck/player around, I would suppose an RCA converter cable would produce higher quality playback.But this little gadget is a pretty decent player. I agree with other 4- & 5-star reviewers:- For the price, this device is great. Yes, it s cheaply made.- Don t use this as a Walkman. Your tapes are likely just as old as the ones my parents wanted to convert. Sooner or later they re going to break. Use this to CONVERT those tapes so you re not further taxing delicate old cassettes.- Use Audacity and do it the right way (see 2011 review from T. Farnsworth VERY thorough), then watch a few Audacity cassette conversion videos on YouTube. I was amazed at how well my conversion files sounded.- I d give it five stars for noise cancellation, but that was really Audacity s doing, not this unit s. 4Junk from an rude companyAmazon was amazing and got the device to me the same day. My dad had a ION Tape2PC converter that worked well for years. So I decided to give this device a try since it was by the same company. I plug it into my iMac running 10.13 (ION's website says it is compatible with 10.4-10.14) and i get this high pitch whirring noise like the Tardis is going to land in office and the tape is skipping. I've never heard a cassette tape "skip" before this. through the headphones, the tape sounded fine, but the output from the computer was just awful. I recorded a small clip and it was too jumbled to even understand what was being said. When I called into ION for assistance, the representative, Al, said he would email me the link to the software (which I already had) and some "tips" from their website (which I had already read and tried). He then told me he had to get to his next call and hung up on me. I am not impressed with the product or the customer service this company provides and will be returning the device ASAP.1The product isn't worth orderingLooking at the variety of reviews, it appears that you might get a lemon or a working ION. I got a lemon. The tape speed varies and the background noise is ridiculous. But wait - before I give up, I will return this lemon and take the risk of getting a better one. I'll be back with another review to see if the 2nd one works. This one that I received from AMAZON does not - it is an absolute failure of a product.I got another from Anazon - unfortunately this new one is the same - speed varies and background noise is dreadful plus this new one shuts down in the middle of songs.Also, with Amazon Prime returns - the UPS man has been showing up without label - another bit of our service economy with poor service - so I'm out of money and hope thanks to Ion and Amazon.Pass this product by.1Very simple - plug and play - quality seems to be as good as the quality of the original cassettesI have a bunch of cassette tapes that I recorded for myself when I was in college. I have some others that my wife recorded for me before we were married. I was able to begin the process of digitizing them in about 2 minutes after receiving this product in the mail. It couldn't have been easier.I have an iMac and I used Garageband to capture the audio.Here are the steps- Plugged the tape player into the USB port on my Mac- Opened Garageband- Opened Garageband Preferences > Audio/MIDI tab > Changed the Input Device to USB (see picture).- In the track settings (on the bottom of the screen) I turned on Monitoring (which allows you to hear what you're capturing while you're capturing it) and Automatic Level Control which just adjusts the recording volume automatically (see picture).- Pushed play on the tape player and record in Garageband.That's it. It worked perfectly. The reason I prefer Garageband to Audacity is simply that I already had it on my computer and it doesn't need an add-on codec to export to MP3.I've digitized three of my old cassettes. I have six more to go.5Do NOT buy this product!!!Do NOT by any means purchase this piece of equipment!!! I bought the ION Turntable several months ago to adapt all of my old vinyl albums into mp3 files. It was fantastic and worked perfectly! So I thought this ION product would be just as good for cassettes. WRONG!!! I have never been so disappointed in a product as I was with this piece of trash. I put in my first cassette and hit the record button on my PC. The tape speed was NOT consistent, causing the music to modulate between several different keys and waver up and down every few seconds. If you know anything about music (I'm actually a musician and music teacher) you know this is not acceptable. At first I thought maybe it was just a bad cassette, but after trying several different cassettes it was clear that it was indeed the unit. I had to actually find an old tape player from the basement and patch it through the aux port in the ION turntable to transfer the music from the cassettes through the turntable to my PC. Fortunately that worked because I was really pressed for time to finish a project using those old cassettes. So the bottom line is my ION cassette adapter is now in the garbage, and you need to do a little more research to find a better product because this one is NOT IT!!!1
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