Hello, I am using a Tape2PC to convert my rather large tape collection into MP3s. I have a question though. I am unsure whether or not to use the Noise Reduction feature when recording the tapes into my Audacity software. When I leave the feature turned off, there's quite a lot of background hiss when I burn the MP3s to CD. However, when I have it turned on, the recording seems muffled and less vibrant. What do Firebox/ION recommend? I would like to find a happy medium! I would be interested to know what feedback other customers have given - what is the most common way to deal with this problem?
John Morris - 31st March 2011
Firebox says: Hi John, the guys at ION advise that the machine itself should not give off any sound so would not add a "hiss" during the recording process.
However the device will record exactly sound-for-sound what is on the tape, so if there is a hiss on the original it will also pick this up as well as the song and any clicks or interrupting radio DJs along the way.
If there is no hiss on the original tape then it is a puzzle and we would want to look into it for you. You can get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org