I have some audio tapes which I would like to copy to an external hard drive via my laptop. They were recorded in a Sony Tape Recorder.
Is there any way to do this without buying an extra piece of equipment? I have a cable which I used when I had a desktop computer. It has a jackplug at each end, but the laptop hasn't got a suitable socket.
I attached the Tape recorder to the microphone socket on the laptop, opened Audacity and selected NEW>Record and played the tape. It seemed to be working as the pointer moved across the screen showing sound waves. However, when I tried to play it, the cursor moved across the screen but no sound came out. I have checked that the loud-speakers aren't muted.
Any other ideas? There is a little wheel alongside the microphone plug which I tried turning both ways, but no luck.
Ah, I pulled out the connecting cable and there *is* sound, but not very good. I'll try another tape and work on it and report back.
Microphone inputs are very sensitive, and the line output from your tape recorder will be much too high, probably overloading the mic input, especially if there is no way to control input/output levels. Not sure how audacity works, but it might be automatically muting the input if it detects massive overload.
In Audacity did you select Microphone from the little drop down box . As said you need to watch the input levels set the sliders on audacity ot virtually zero play your tape and adjust them till the sound waves are peaking to almost the top of the graph..As for play backfrom audacity providedyu know the sound is ok from other sources you also have a slider for volume to adjust