A remnant of the popular entertainment scene from the early 1970s to the late 1990s, the compact cassette or cassette tape has not seen much demand since its heydays. The magnetic tape sound recording format is essentially dead and the cassette tape player now is almost obsolete or extinct. If you still have stocks of cassettes in your collection, and these are taking much storage space in your house, you might want to digitize them so that they do not just collect cobwebs in the attic. Moreover, once digitized, you can continue to enjoy your favorite recordings as you might have difficulty acquiring the same songs or pieces which you meticulously collected over the years. If you are scratching your head to find an appropriate converter to save your memorable recordings from the expired medium, Alesis’s TapeLink offers a viable solution.
Alesis TapeLink is a dubbing and playback deck with digital-audio output via USB which can convert or digitize magnetic sound recording format cassettes and store the recordings on digital storage devices such as the hard disk, flash drive, CD, iPod, etc. Users can connect Alesis TapeLink to a computer, play a tape, and get the recordings recorded to the computer. TapeLink offers CD quality audio output – 16-bit, 44.1 kHz, which can accurately capture the tape recordings for secure digital archival. Alesis TapeLink USB also offers a software suite containing three applications. BIAS SoundSoap™ SE (Standalone Edition) noise-reduction software removes hiss, room noise, rumble, electrical hum, and other background noise. Audacity audio-editing software enables you to make basic modifications, and EZ Tape Converter makes transfers simple and convenient.
Alesis TapeLink supports both Mac OS X and Windows OS. A summary of Alesis TapeLink USB’s features is as follows:
- 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