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Posted in news
on Feb 03, 2009
Alesis has introduced TapeLink USB, a dual-cassette tape digital archiver.
Ever wonder what you’re going to do with all your 80s and 90s music that’s currently trapped on cassette tape? Bring your favorite tunes back to life – and make them part of your iPod playlist – with the Alesis TapeLink USB. Whether you’re a budding musician or music junkie, with TapeLink USB you can upgrade your poor sounding cassette tapes to CD quality audio. This digital-archiving cassette tape deck enables you to store irreplaceable recordings on hard disk or flash, burn them to CD or upload them to an iPod.
TapeLink USB features
- Dual-cassette dubbing and playback deck with digital-audio output.
- Plug-and-play USB audio interface requires no drivers.
- 16-bit, 44.1 kHz CD-quality audio output.
- Normal and high-speed dubbing modes save you time.
- Dynamic noise-reduction circuitry and software assist in cleaning up aging tapes.
- Works with metal and CrO2 tapes.
- LED level meters provide quick visual reference.
- Full auto-stop saves older tapes from breaking.
- Includes software suite with BIAS SoundSoap SE, Audacity, and EZ Tape Converter.
TapeLink USB is available now from musical instrument and pro audio retailers at an estimated street price of
Visit Alesis for more information.
Some interesting things I bookmarked on del.icio.us on November 4th, 2007:
- Strictly No Photography – A website dedicated to photos taken inside places you’re not supposed to take photos. Art galleries, government buildings, religious sites, science and technology exhibits, all user-submitted.
Strictly No Photography
Suck UK has announced a new product, the Mix Tape USB Drive.
Suck UK Mix Tape USB
From the product page:
Remember back in the days before digital music players and MP3s? If you do, then you probably made compilations of all your favourite music, to share with your friends and loved ones, on good old fashioned blank cassette tapes. If you miss making mix tapes this product will inspire you again! Home taping never killed music!
The Mix Tape USB is due end of September. No idea what it will cost yet.
Link via Gizmodo
So my wife’s wireless USB adapter broke for the 2nd time in a year. Just plugging the USB stick in and out over a period of time caused the device (a
D-Link DWL-G122) to malfunction.
At first it would require a little nudge up or down near the USB connection to make contact, but this would gradually get worse until bending it almost to a point where it would break off would be the only way to get it working.
Anyone else had similar experiences with these pesky USB adapters?
Anyway, I got a new adapter (Sitecom WL-172) today and was thinking how can I keep this problem from happening again… Now I don’t know if the Sitecom adapters are anything like the D-Link ones, or even if I just had some bad luck with the D-Link adapters, but I made a little cover for the adapter anyway.
Wireless USB adapter in a tape cassette case
It’s just a simple cassette tape case with the locking members removed and a little hole on the side for the USB extension cable to come out. I put in a little padding (thermocompact clean air filter material) for extra protection.
The encasing doesn’t seem to have any major impact on the performance, although I’m not sure if heat generation will be a problem.
I just hope my wife won’t mind lugging around this slightly larger adapter…
Instructables has instructions on how to make a tape cassette that loops.
6 second cassette tape loop instructions
Looks like it might work!
I just dusted off an old tapedeck I was going to sell and decided against it (since it didn’t look like it’d make more than 10 bucks or something) so I will try to find some time to make one of these cassette loops.