Mojo’s Pick of the Week – USB Cassette Player

USB CassetteI’m pretty excited about this random eBay purchase! Honestly I just wanted a portable cassette player so I could listen to tapes of my old band to pinch ideas from. Having the option to record via USB right into the DAW was just a bonus, especially for $15 new!

Officially it’s called the “Super USB Cassette Capture” and it’s got that made in China cheapness about the plastic. But it does feel solid mechanically and definitely does exactly what it says it does: play cassettes and offer a USB computer interface to record from cassette into a Digital Audio Workstation.

Included in the package: cassette player, mini USB cable, cheap earbuds, instruction manual in reasonable English, and a 3″ minidisc containing Audacity, the free Open Source DAW. The instruction manual also gives the web addresses for downloading both Audacity and Lame (which it recommends to use for making MP3s). If you already have Garageband or any DAW at all, you don’t need any additional software. 

Not included: 9v adapter, batteries.

Controls: play, stop, eject, fast forward, rewind, volume, dir (direction) and auto-reverse on/off.

Outputs: 1/8 phono (headphone) and what I understand is a USB 2.0 Mini B connector.

The manual says it will run on USB power. Otherwise, 2 AA batteries are required.

I was able to record very easily into Logic by connecting the USB cable, selecting input device “USB PnP Audio Device”, arming an empty track and hitting record, then playing the cassette. The only variable was the cassette player volume, which determines the input level, but the recording was clean.

USB Cassette Logic Setting

USB Cassette Player

Very happy with this purchase so far, definitely worth $15!

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10 Year Anniversary of It’s Hard!

It's Still Hard coverSome of you may not know this, but I bought my first guitar when I was 36. I bought my first electric guitar when I was 37. At that point, I started writing songs and learning the ins and outs of home recording. I had a few songs under my belt when I decided I wanted to release my first album before I turned 40.

I did exactly that, releasing the self published “It’s Hard” in 2009 on iTunes and Amazon just before my 40th birthday. That’s 3 years from beginning to learn how to make music to the release of an album with 8 original and 2 cover songs.

In that time I learned how to write, arrange, record, mix, and master music as well as publish and license songs. Not to mention play guitar and bass and sing just well enough to do all of the above! 10 years later, I’m still doing all of those things for myself and others, and still going strong with my original project Mojo’s Army.

This year, as a celebration of the 10 year anniversary of my first album, I’m giving it away as a free download on Bandcamp through the end of 2019. Find the remastered & rereleased version of It’s Hard, now called It’s Still Hard, on Bandcamp here!

Enjoy!

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New EP! Every Time You Break

ETYB CoverThis one is a little different. Four seasons of Mojo’s Army music: one song in four very different styles, each song with a different musical partner.

1. Every Time You Break (Beat Version)
Beat by Casey Denton

2. Every Time You Break (Funky Version)
Featuring Stevie Caldwell of And Then There was One

3. Every Time You Break (Acoustic Version)
Featuring Troy Jay Adams of Dig Me Under and The Answer is None on guitar

4. Every Time You Break (Heavy Version)
Featuring Nexus2089 (bass) and Carlos Delgado (lead guitar)

I hope it’s as fun to listen to as it was to make! Available at all of the usual places including Bandcamp!

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