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Connecting Walkman cassette player to Audiobox iTwo.

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asked Jan 19, 2018 in AudioBox USB by jamespemberton (120 points)
Hi, I've recently bought an Audiobox iTwo Studio and am really enjoying learning how to use Studio One 3 (I'm pretty much a  complete beginner with recording, but particularly digital recording). I have a some old cassette tapes and minidiscs with song ideas on them that I'd like to return to in the future (just for the ideas rather than using the actual recordings themselves) - some are just basic mono recordings but some are stereo (mixed down from a Tascam 414 Portastudio). I'd like to archive these digitally on my laptop to make them easier to sort through and so that I can get rid of the tapes/minidiscs, and was wondering if it's possible to hook up a Walkman cassette player or portable minidisc player to my Audiobox iTwo? If so, what would be the best way to do this, and what type of cable would be needed in order to preserve the stereo tracks? Thanks very much for your help.

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answered Jan 19, 2018 by brucesearl (280 points)

You will probably want to get an ART CLEANBoxPro 2-channel Balanced / Unbalanced Converter. Sweetwater has them or Amazon for $50-$70.

It will take your Walkman's headphone out jack signal (very powerful) and convert it to a balanced XLR cable out... you'll need cables also of course.

Its a handy piece of kit to have as you can also use it to interface consumer laptop output 1/8" stereo jack signals to pull into a pro board or interface for live sound or recording.

Good luck Mr. Retro! ;-)
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answered Jan 20, 2018 by vasilykorytov (9,850 points)
something like a split cable should work (i.e. one stereo jack on one end, two mono jacks on other one).