How can we do this?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Personally I start with digitising the tape. Spend as much effort as you can in this step as a good quality result here will make your task easier. Once you have a good clear recording - or as clear as you can make it - then you can start.
If you have a WAV file then you can try to load it in EO or some other emulator. File -> Open Tape then LOAD"".
If this doesn't work then you can try tweaking the levels using Tools -> WAV Loader.
There is a cool tool you can use which lives here. I've had some success with this tool but recently things haven't gone so well, I don't know why - perhaps a java update - but I can't load WAVs
If none of these work then you need to listen to the program with your ears. It won't be pleasant but you can get a feel for where or what the problem may be. If you have a lot of drop-outs (places where the volume level of the signal is very low) then you're in for a tough ride. You need to be able to reconstruct the bits if possible, which isn't as hard as it seems if you understand how the signal is stored on tape.
If the signal is essentially there but sounds muffled or noisy then you can try low-pass filtering the data in a package such as audacity. Then try the loading etc again.
There are plenty of posts on the forum describing techniques used when grabbing old tapes - spend some time looking, you may find something useful also.
Are they still on this board?
I have a possible solution that doesn't require "audio digitization".
It involves a simple device, I am no longer using, that still works.
It works thru your printer port and uses a DOS-based program to capture
the incoming data from your tape recorder and writes it to a P file.
If they are interested, or anyone else might be, I may put the device on
eBay or offer it at low cost to another party.
It's not being used, so if someone else can make use of it, that's a win-win
for everyone ... take care, and happy computing !
Your device sounds interesting - when you say it connects to a printer port - you mean a parallel port on a PC I presume - there are not many PCs with a parallel port nowadays - although you can use a USB to parallel port convertor - it may not work with that...
Now I'm wondering if it wasn't a serial port, but fairly sure parallel, since it plugs
into the same port my yellow Lap-Link cable goes.
There's still quite a few older PCs out there, or I am hoping there is, I still maintain
a few of my own, so as to not lose some precious functions related to my copy of
Xtender (although I have DOS Box on almost everything) and other DOs goodies.
Maybe I should fix up a few others and put them on eBay?
I have emailed the original poster, so we shall see.
25 pins for both the "older" style serial (now 9-pin) or USB, (4-pin) - but USB ports are
(probably) "too new" to cope with the "printer port tape interface" I have.
I doubt it would work thru a USB adapter, but an old school laptop or mini-tower
with a printer port would cope just fine. I hope they are still around!
Speaking of "projects", I have an idea ... should I write to you on RWAP about it?