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how to convert cassette tape to macbook pro

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Feb 13, 2012 4:23 PM



i have a 2009 macbook pro and want to convert cassette tape of me giving a lecture to cd so I don't lose it. the cassette is 35 years old and still works well. my mbp does only has a headphone out jack outlet, not anything for input so I can't see how to connect a cassette player.


any info very wanted and welcome - with thanks

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Dansyacht Level 4 Level 4 (2,120 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:31 PM (in response to levgram)

    You could use a usb input adapter like THIS.


    You can record the audio with Audacity.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,410 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:34 PM (in response to levgram)

    You must have a 13" MBP.  The audio output port works both ways.  Check your users manual on how to set it for audio input.



  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:37 PM (in response to levgram)

    Probably has a combo port.


    ⌥ > System Profiler…


    (ie, hold down Option and choose System Profiler… from the  menu) and post what you get for Hardware Overview > Model Identifier. That will tell us exactly what machine you have. Or you can find out the specs for yourself in Mactracker




    You should also check the user guide which came with your machine.


    My guess would be that you can connect your tape player with a 3.5 mm analogue jack and switch to input.


    As for the rest, if you search the forum you'll find several threads about digitising audio tapes.

  • Zyriab Level 4 Level 4 (3,285 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:39 PM (in response to levgram)

    Is your MBP the 13" model?  If so then the headphone socket is also a microphone/line input, you can connect your cassette player to it using a suitable cable, e.g. twin rca to stereo mini-jack.  Go to System Preferences -> Sound and set 'Use audio port' to 'sound input'.  The simplest way to do a basic recording is to use Quicktime Player - click on the File menu and choose 'New Audio Recording'.  If your recording/editing requirements are more sophisticated then download the free audio recording/processing software Audacity from

  • sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (6,880 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 4:45 PM (in response to levgram)

    you will a 3.5 mm male output cable to RCA male, the casettte will bill rcord to the analog input to the mac, Check system references make sound and check that it should line out put and then set out put btweeen the compter and to casette around "7" only prodblem is the the tape machine is still  funcually and the the tapes are are still not degraded.


    The computer is set at the correct level ( not in the red)  and the tape machine/tape is degraded.



    You can contact me fo rmre info.


  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 5:07 PM (in response to levgram)

    You have a 13in mid-2009 MBP. Here's how you switch from output to input




    Good luck.


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