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 Posted: Thu Jun 20th, 2013 10:05 pm
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I have just bought a new Zoom R16 digital Recorder to replace my Tascam Portastudio 414 Mk11.As my songs are on cassette I need to know which way to get them onto computer and then burn them on to cd.

So,should I transfer my cassettes onto computer direct from Tascam to computer?
Or,should I transfer from tascam to Zoom R16 then onto computer?
Or,is there an alternative method?

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Last edited on Sat Jun 22nd, 2013 02:04 am by Denv12

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Hey Denv12! Congrats on the new Zoom! As for transferring it to computer... I don't know what "radcam" is; keep that in mind.
    You could ---using an audio interface--- go straight into your computer, of course.

    Another way would be through the Zoom. This eliminates the need for the interface AND you could add tracks to any old recordings originally done on your Tascam.

I don't really see any appreciable difference, so I would record into the Zoom. I would think that the exercise would teach you a little more about the Zoom in the meantime!

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Thanks Skylark.

Getting used to the Zoom R16 now. As for Radcam,typo,It should have read Tascam.

I like the idea of transferring the music from Tascam to Zoom.I think I would need a cable with 2 RCA's on 1 end with USB on the other to do the transfer.It would save me having to rerecord all my songs again.

Thanks.

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Denv12 wrote:
I think I would need a cable with 2 RCA's on 1 end with USB on the other to do the transfer.It would save me having to rerecord all my songs again.

Thanks.


Hmm... I don't know of any such cable or interface. As far as I understand your system, your Zoom now IS your audio interface, so...

You're probably going to play tapes in your Tascam > using RCA to 1/4" guitar plug cables (or possibly RCA on both ends) > to 2 channels on the Zoom.

Maybe the Zoom has USB to the computer????



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Yeah... I just read a bit about the Zoom. It will function as a straight interface, so you can send audio (your old cassettes) through it en route to a computer but...

What application/program do you use to record into your computer? I thought the whole point of getting the Zoom was to AVOID using a computer for audio, hmm?



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With the Tascam I never transferred from it to computer to start with.
I recorded each song on tape.

The Zoom can be used to transfer to computer.The Zoom has a USB to the computer USB.

I'm not a professional,money earning keyboard player I play music,write my own music and spent money when I could afford to and bought whatever I needed.I bought the Tascam in 2005.Thats why I replaced it with the Zoom.

I had planned to transfer my songs onto computer then burn them on to cd.

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Like I said before go to Zoom Gear and Home Recording forum,you'll find what you need for this and any future questions. First are you talking about a stereo mix i.e. two tracks, or have you got all the original mono tracks,presumeably upto 4? Send however many tracks you have recorded via 1/4 inch cables from Tascam to R16 inputs-not to usb.This gives you the chance to do a little remix .Then when happy with sound of the mono tracks, now on R16, record those to the Master track on R16.You probably have file format choice on R16 i.e. WAV MP3 etc.I recommend you transfer as stereo Wav file(better quality particularly if you want to burn CDs).Finally connect R16 and computer with dedicated USB to USB(which should have come with R16).

I am a Zoom man,currently HD16,formerly MRS16, and I know ploughing through manuals is tedious,but there's no escape.Profitable,if tedious bed-time reading!
Finally check out that damned site!!

p.s I don't want to do your head in any more than it seems to be at the moment,but there is also another option for transferring the data, once on the RD16,should you want to do further mixing/mastering on computer software.If you want to know more let me know.Right now I need a coffee!

Liam.

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Hi.I just the home recording forum.Thank you for the recommendation.

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