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I really know nothing about the process at all, save that I like how things sound a lot more on analog formats than digital, and that I want to make a mixtape for someone that preserves that sound quality.

My equipment:

  • Technics SL-B270 turntable
  • Technics SU-Z760 stereo integrated amplifier. This has the following channels: phono; tuner (radio); CD/aux; tape 1 (says editing 1>2); tape 2 (says 'ext').
  • Panasonic SA PM-11 stereo system with a tapedeck and recording capability
  • plenty of wires and cables, including RCA, 1/4 inch, 1/8 inch and adapters for changing the ends

Any help at all as to the specifics of any step of the process would be greatly appreciated.

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Here are the basic steps to get this going. You will only need the RCA cables to connect the turntable to the amp and the amp to the tape deck.

  1. Plug the turntable output into the phono input of the amp (SU-Z760).
  2. Set the Selector knob on the amp to phono. It should send the signal both tape deck outputs.
  3. Plug the tape 1 out (rec) of the amp to the auxiliary input on the back of the Panasonic SA PM-11.
  4. Select "AUX" on the Panasonic SA PM-11 using the [SELECTOR] button.
  5. Press the record button and start the turntable playing.
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It worked... except the output level seems to be extremely low for some reason. When I play the tape back, the hiss that the tape naturally has is far louder than the recording itself. Any tips for how to reduce this? –  Whitney Schuster May 4 '11 at 21:14
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You could replace the amp with a phono preamp. If you get one that also has a volume control, you would also have some control of the recording level. –  Friend Of George May 5 '11 at 2:30
    
Yeah, get a decent phono pre. –  d-_-b May 5 '11 at 4:35
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Does your tape deck have its own recording level pot? My dad's old deck had the ability to adjust the recorded signal independently of the line level signal being fed to it from the amp stage. Fortunately the tape deck also had VU meters to avoid under- or over-gaining the recording stage. –  Christopher Woods Sep 19 '11 at 19:22
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Getting the rec level right according to your tape cassette deck is important and takes time. You should set rec lev according to the loudest part of the record. I let my peak blocks hit at 5+.

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