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Trying to transfer Reel to Reel recording to computer and need help.

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  1. senna

    senna Thread Starter

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    I have a reel to reel player(Akai 265AD) that I am wanting to use to transfer r2r tapes to my computer. The r2r tapes are 4-channel tapes meaning that it is 2-channels one way and two channels the other way. When I play it through my home stereo system I hear both channels played from one direction at the same time. But when I hook up the r2r player into my computer I can only here one channel per direction at a time. I have the r2r player hooked up to a Tascam device that allows you to connect to your computer thru a usb cable so that it comes in stereo and not thru your microphone.

    So, I can record a track in one direction, and record a track from the other direction. But it still leaves me with having to record a track still from each direction.
    I know this sounds confusing but I am really struggling as I can't figure out how to get both tracks from both directions into my computer.
    Would I need a new sound card? If so, what would that be?

    Sincerely,
    So confused and needing help.
    Senna
     

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  2. prunejuice

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    Does the r2r not have a headphone-OUT?

    I would just use a stereo jack from the r2r to my computer's LINE-IN.
     
  3. senna

    senna Thread Starter

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    The r2r does have a headphone out jack on the front. I didn't think of that as I figured it would be the same as using the composite cables from the back. Do you think that would bring both channels in at the same time?? Let's say it did, any idea how I would be able to seperate the tracks as you can hear them playing over top of each other. Is there a sound program that would do that. I currently have Goldwave, Audacity and Soundbooth(though I am not sure how to use soundbooth).

    Thanks for the quick reply!
    Senna
     
  4. senna

    senna Thread Starter

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    Well, I think my problem was trying to hook it up to a laptop. Once I hooked up to the desktop I can hear both channels and can fade one side out or the other.
    Thanks so much for all the help.
    Senna
     
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