Long-time readers will remember my post about the PlusDeck 2, a 5.25″ cassette deck that you can install in a free CD/DVD slot on your PC. With it you could convert your cassette collection to CD or MP3* format (*other audio formats are available).
Well, someone has gone one better and created a USB Twin Tape Deck!
One of the weaknesses of the PlusDeck2 — other than the fact that it connects a cassette deck to your home computer, something that should have died along with the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 — was that you needed to plug it into free audio-out and mic-in sockets.
The USB Twin Tape Deck has got around this by being 100% USB. It is also 100% Twin Tape Deck. You could go as far as saying that it is 100% USB Twin Tape Deck. Now do you see how they came up with the name?
- It is very silver, and very shiny
- Plug ‘n’ Play USB – no drivers needed!
- Dual cassette deck with full auto stop
- Normal and high-speed dubbing
- Dynamic noise reduction system
- Metal and CrO2 tape selector
- LED level and function indication
- PC and Mac compatible
However, it won’t automatically recognise song breaks: you’ll still have to manually divide the tracks up from one giant audio track. And it doesn’t have auto-reverse.
Still, for £99.99 who could resist it?!