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Postby chrisjnryan » 15 Dec 2017 18:22

Hi, new member here so sorry if this isn't quite the right place to ask! So basically I want to use the music files on my PC and record them onto cassettes (to make mix tapes). I've been advised that to do this I'd need a Behringer UCA222 to sit between my pc and rca cables into the cassette deck audio in. I assume this would change the digital files into analog format? Anyway I'd really appreciate some guidance here! Is the behringer all I need or is there something else? I'm sure its possible to do this somehow. Thank you all in advance!
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby Tinkaroo » 15 Dec 2017 19:41

chrisjnryan wrote:Hi, new member here so sorry if this isn't quite the right place to ask! So basically I want to use the music files on my PC and record them onto cassettes (to make mix tapes). I've been advised that to do this I'd need a Behringer UCA222 to sit between my pc and rca cables into the cassette deck audio in. I assume this would change the digital files into analog format? Anyway I'd really appreciate some guidance here! Is the behringer all I need or is there something else? I'm sure its possible to do this somehow. Thank you all in advance!


If you connect a 1/8 mini plug to RCA adapter from your PC audio connector to the cassette deck it should work.
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby analogaudio » 15 Dec 2017 21:12

Yes, I agree, PCs usually include an analogue audio output connection, sometimes on the back. RadioShack is a good source for the (inexpensive) cables needed.

The Behringer might be needed with some computers that don't have digital to analogue converters, however PCs include these.
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby chrisjnryan » 15 Dec 2017 22:44

Thank you both! My pc has no audio out only USB so I'm gonna use the Behringer and an rca, should work right??
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby Tinkaroo » 15 Dec 2017 23:25

I don't have any personal experience with the uca222 but I think it should work for what you intend it for. It says you can connect the output RCAs to either a mixer input or active speakers.

It seems some might use it for converting tapes to digital, but I can't see why it would not work the other way as you intend to do.
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby chrisjnryan » 15 Dec 2017 23:33

Thank you sir! I think it should work then
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby Sunwire » 15 Dec 2017 23:38

Your computer has no headphone output?
That's very unusual.
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby chrisjnryan » 15 Dec 2017 23:39

Yeah I was also shocked/annoyed, it's the Alienware Alpha
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby Sunwire » 16 Dec 2017 19:54

You can get an HDMI to RCA adapter that will split the HDMI signal into three RCA jacks. One for video and one each for L and R audio.
Costs about $10

https://www.amazon.com/GANA-Composite-C ... B01KXI8LZE

But then you will need an HDMI splitter, if you want to be able to connect sound and video to your monitor or TV at the same time.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st_pric ... e-asc-rank
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby chrisjnryan » 17 Dec 2017 00:37

Oh that's useful - so the splitter and hdmi to rca is cheaper than the USB option??
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby Sunwire » 17 Dec 2017 01:32

I don't know how much the USB option would cost, so I can't say.
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby eddie edirol » 17 Dec 2017 03:32

WOuldnt it be easier to put the audiofiles into a program like audacity to make a mixfile into an Mp3, that you can listen to on your phone or computer?
Would you be listening to this tape on the tape player alone?
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby chrisjnryan » 17 Dec 2017 03:37

It would be yes, but I'm trying to make a good old fashioned mixtape haha! Just for the pure romanticism of it really. guess I'm a glutton for punishment.. #-o
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby JoeE SP9 » 23 Dec 2017 00:43

I would use Virtual DJ (free application) into my Behringer UCA-222 to the Russound TMS-1 connected to a tape loop on my preamp. One of my cassette decks would be recording the output from Virtual DJ. Virtual DJ allows for crossfading and beat matching between two virtual TT's.
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Re: Recording audio files from pc on to cassette

Postby chrisjnryan » 23 Dec 2017 01:56

Thank you!!
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