Cassette Tapes

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Cassette Tapes

Post by Y2K-kyle » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:09 am

I've been for the last few days converting some cassette tapes to digital from my grandpa's stash, as I got him a cassette tape converter so he can do this for his music. And honestly, it's been fun listening to them, especially with some of the finds and seeing how he made copies. Like right now, I'm listening to Deep Purple's Machine Head (NOT his style oddly enough) and I realized he mixed up the track listening while recording! Meanwhile he has a random mix of Hank Williams songs titled Best of Vol. III (which btw I have discovered I like OLD country music now :lol: )

All of this started because I want to record Arctic Monkey's Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino onto an 8-track after seeing a video. :mrgreen:

For some reason, I like holding a tape for some reason, guess it relates to that tangible feeling people have for books as some would rather hold a book to read than reading it digitally.

Any thoughts on this obsolete way of listening to jams and the reason we make mixtapes in the first place?
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Post by Canucker » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:27 pm

who told you tapes are obsolete? Have you enjoyed doing this yet?

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Post by Jack_Armstrong » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:48 pm

They’re near obsolete. But I know a few people who still use them. My friend, for example, he still drives a van from the 1990s, and he’s got a cassette player (nothing for CDs) in there.

I think the big music retailers (in the U.K. anyway) are selling cassette tapes of that new Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack.

I own a few cassettes. Mostly rarities. R.E.M. - Chronic Town is one (I have a vinyl of it too, it was never released as a CD TMK).

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Re: Cassette Tapes

Post by evee103 » Thu Nov 22, 2018 6:41 am

Canucker wrote:
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who told you tapes are obsolete? Have you enjoyed doing this yet?

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Just don't let em melt in your car during the summer! 8-)

I drive a 2001 toyota camry and it's still got a cassette player. I have indeed used it, I still have a couple of cassettes hanging around. I still love them because it's total nostalgia, however I can see how they are an inconvenience. I mean having to fast forward to my fav songs rather than pressing skip. Man oh man when self-flipping cassette players came out, that was a blessing!
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Post by Canucker » Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:27 pm

I've never had a cassette melt in my car and I had a tape deck in my car from the end of the 90s to about 4 years ago...and the summers hear can be pretty brutal (our seasons are awful in both directions around here.). The cool thing about them is they forced bands to think about every song and put in some effort because skipping tunes wasn't as simple as on cds!

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Re: Cassette Tapes

Post by Y2K-kyle » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:04 pm

Canucker wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:27 pm
who told you tapes are obsolete? Have you enjoyed doing this yet?

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I got excited when I thought I would need to do so but not this time!
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Man oh man when self-flipping cassette players came out, that was a blessing!
That's what the cassette player/converter does! It threw me off for a second while making digital copies but afterward, I just kept track when to stop and let it "switch".

The true best find was a made copy The Story of Star Wars. It was so great.

I will also say that one of the biggest sellers at the dollar store was a cassette tape converter for your car, so if you had tapes and your car couldn't play them then you would be set with this!
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Post by Canucker » Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:44 pm

for a dollar??????

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Post by incessantmace » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:21 pm

I miss the days when I still made actual mixtapes, stopped doing that when I finally got myself a proper CD burner in the early 2000's. Sometimes bands I follow on Bandcamp still put out cassette tapes and I feel a strange joy when I get them in the mail.
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Post by Canucker » Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:40 pm

The one thing I've always been jealous of is how cheap it is to ship things in the US. Canada costs a fortune and it really hindered the development of a Canadian underground music scene. Its expensive for bands to get merch shipped to them from suppliers and then costs a lot to get it shipped from a label to the fan/customer.

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Post by incessantmace » Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:20 am

I'm doing classes on Canada with my 12th graders (it's a mandatory A-Level topic) and this just reminded me to have them make a presentation about the Canadian music scene...
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Post by evee103 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:07 am

incessantmace wrote:
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I'm doing classes on Canada with my 12th graders (it's a mandatory A-Level topic) and this just reminded me to have them make a presentation about the Canadian music scene...
And the coolest teacher award goes to.... 8-)
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Post by Canucker » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:42 am

incessantmace wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 7:20 am
I'm doing classes on Canada with my 12th graders (it's a mandatory A-Level topic) and this just reminded me to have them make a presentation about the Canadian music scene...
What do ya need to know?

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Post by incessantmace » Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:47 pm

Well anything beyond Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Nickelback basically. Were there any Canuck musicians apart from Neil Young worth mentioning in former decades? Is there any kind of public funding for music projects? What do people do when they're born into Manitoba or Saskatchewan and want to start a band?
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Post by Canucker » Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:05 am

isn't Gordon Lightfoot bigger then Neil Young?

for Public Funding information look at https://www.factor.ca/about-the-founda ... -we-fund/

What genre do you want to hear about?

I wasn't born in either Manitoba or Saskatchewan so I wouldn't have a good answer but really it all depends on what ones goals are.... there is tons of music everywhere in Canada but most of it does not travel because....you aren't likely to make a living at it.....the fact that travel sucks at least 4 months of the year because of winter doesn't help.....people do it but the driving risk is greater and the cost is greater.

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