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1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / Re: Share your results
« on: October 09, 2018, 12:47:34 PM »
Thanks to you for creating this great kit - I had tried every other .wav file based methods previously but nothing worked: the waveform was too loud, too faint, too filtered...I don't know how many different sound cards, cables and cassette tape decks I switched to no avail, most online guides make the sound recording based ripping process seem simple, but it is extremely finicky.

The 1530USB has made it very straightforward once you get the settings right - makes sense that the original 1530 deck is the best option to play these tapes. I'm actually amazed one of mine worked straight away, only a head clean and resumed service as if the last 25-ish years never existed!

1530USB Datasette to PC Adapter / Re: Share your results
« on: October 09, 2018, 01:56:04 AM »
I got the 1530USB a few months ago - took me a while to find a good setup and to get the time to do it, but I'm having quite a good rate of success converting and preserving my childhood C64 tapes, which have been sitting in a garage for 20ish years. In fairness most of them are the same Italian newsagent ones mentioned at reply #2, but somehow I prefer doing the work myself, the fact the .tap files come from my own tapes having somewhat of a nice feeling.

As I said, I had to fumble with the settings a lot - as a matter of fact I have set the recording level to 0, which however is still almost in the "red zone" on Audacity.  The .wav files are then converted using Audiotap - Inverted wave form, advanced values top to bottom being 0,12,44100,20. The second value in particular seems to be extremely important - 12 seemingly a sweet spot. With these settings most tapes work, with the odd game not loading in Vice (but often, the same game doesn't load on my real C64 with the same 1530).

Other than making .tap files, I'm also extracting .prg files to use on the real C64 with an SD2IEC - a process that is surprisingly effective!

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