ClearClick® Direct2Digital® Cassette Tape Converter

ClearClick® Direct2Digital® Cassette Tape Converter
ClearClick® Direct2Digital®
Cassette Tape Converter
Convert Cassette Tapes To Digital MP3
Format (No Computer Required)
User’s Manual &
Quick Start Guide
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Safety Precautions
1. Do not disassemble the unit.
2. Do not operate the unit around water or rain.
Do not operate the unit around any kind of
machines or appliances (other than
computers).
3. Turn off and unplug the unit when not in use.
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Thank You!
Thank you for your purchase of the ClearClick®
Direct2Digital® Cassette Tape Converter! We are a small
business and appreciate your order.
At ClearClick®, we try to make our technology as clear to
understand and use as possible. But if you get stuck at
any point, you qualify for FREE USA-based tech support
as a ClearClick® customer. Just email us at:
support@clearclicksoftware.com.
(Make sure you explain your issue in detail and tell us
that you’re using our ClearClick® Direct2Digital®
Cassette Tape Converter. Our USA tech support team
members will reply to you within 24-48 business hours.)
To get started with your Direct2Digital® converter,
please see the quick start guide on the following pages.
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What’s In The Box
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Direct2Digital® Cassette Tape Converter
Earbuds
USB Cable
Power Adapter
User’s Manual
Required, But Not Included:
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USB Flash Drive – Total Capacity of 32 GB or less
NOTE: If you believe you are missing any parts, or if you
received a part that is broken, please contact us directly
at parts@clearclicksoftware.com. For all other technical
issues or support, please contact us at
support@clearclicksoftware.com.
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Quick Start Guide
The Direct2Digital® converter is the easiest way to
convert your tapes to MP3 without your computer.
Here’s how to get started.
1. Hook up the converter.
Your Direct2Digital® converter comes with a USB
cable that has one USB plug on one end, and two
USB plugs on the other end.
First, take the end that has TWO USB plugs – a
male and female end. Plug the male end into the
side of the device where it is marked “USB.” Plug a
USB flash drive (not included) into the female end.
Next, simply plug the end that has ONE USB plug
into the included power adapter. Plug the adapter
into an electrical outlet.
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2. Set the power source.
Make sure the switch at the top of the
Direct2Digital® converter is set to “USB,” not “AA.”
(If you wish to use the device with batteries
instead, load AA batteries into the device and set
this switch to “AA.” Note: we highly recommend
using the included power adapter rather than
batteries when converting, because the conversion
process requires plenty of power.)
3. Insert a cassette tape into the converter.
Open the converter by gently pulling on the ridges
on the upper left and right sides of the device.
Insert a cassette tape into the converter and close
it.
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4. Press “Play” and check sound level.
Press the large “Play” button on the top of the
converter. Your tape will start to play.
Plug in the included earbuds into the converter and
check the sound level. You can adjust the volume
with the knob on the right side of the device. The
tape will be saved in digital MP3 at the volume that
you have set, so make sure the volume is about
three-fourths of the way up.
5. Set recording mode.
The converter can record in manual segmentation
mode or auto segmentation mode.
a. To save the entire tape as one MP3 file,
or to manually split tracks as you are
recording, set the converter to Manual
Segmentation (GREEN) mode.
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To do this, make sure the light on the
front of the converter is GREEN. If it is
not, hold down the “down”
button on
the front of the converter for 5 seconds
until the light turns green.
b. To have the converter detect silences
between tracks and automatically split up
the recording into individual tracks as
MP3’s, use Auto Segmentation (BLUE)
mode. (Recommended if you’re
converting a music tape.)
To set the converter to Auto
Segmentation mode, hold down the
“down”
button on the front of the
converter for 5 seconds until the light
turns BLUE.
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6. Start converting your tape!
To start converting your tape, simply rewind your
tape and press the “Play” button on the top of the
converter. Then press the “Record”
button on
the front of the converter once. Your tape will
begin to be transferred as a digital MP3 file onto
the USB flash drive!
The light on the front of the converter will blink
while the device is recording.
At the end of the tape, simply press the “Record”
button again to stop recording and save your
recording.
If you are using Manual Segmentation mode, you
can manually stop recording a track by simply
pressing the “Record”
button again. To start
recording the next track, simply press the “Record”
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button again.
7. Transfer the digital MP3’s to your
computer.
Your digitalized audio or music will be saved as
MP3 files on the USB flash drive.
To transfer the MP3 files to your computer, simply
plug the USB flash drive into your computer.
Your MP3 files will be on the flash drive, in a folder
called “TAPEMP3.” There will be one MP3 file per
track. To copy the MP3’s to your computer, simply
click and drag (or copy and paste) the files into a
folder on your desktop or documents folder.
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How To Play Back MP3’s From Device
If you would like, you can also play back your converted
digital MP3’s through the device.
To play back the MP3’s, make sure your USB flash drive
is still connected and that you are not currently
recording. (The light on the front of the device should
not be flashing.) Then press the Play/Pause button.
Using your earbuds, you will be able to hear the
converted audio tracks. You can use the up
and
down buttons to skip through the tracks. You can use
the plus + and minus – buttons to increase or decrease
the playback volume.
How To Record From 3.5mm Audio Sources
Using the converter, you can record from any 3.5mm
audio source, such as stereos, phones, and more. Simply
hook the 3.5mm audio source into the 3.5mm audio jack
on the converter. (A 3.5mm audio cable is not included.)
Make sure you do NOT have a tape inserted in the
device, then press the “Record”
button to start
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recording from the audio source.
How To Burn a CD of Your MP3’s (Windows PC)
To burn an audio CD of your recorded MP3’s using a
Windows PC, install the included Cassette2CD Wizard
2.0 software.
After installing the software, run the software and
choose “Burn CD” at the first step. Then click the “+”
icon to add MP3 files to your project. (Make sure you
have transferred them to your computer using step #7
from the quick start guide first.) After all your MP3’s
have been added, click the “Burn” button.
For more information on using Cassette2CD Wizard 2.0,
see the full PDF manual on the CD. Note: you can skip
the “Recording” step of the software, since the
Direct2Digital® converter records audio without your
computer.
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How To Remove Noise (Windows PC)
Load the Cassette2CD Wizard 2.0 software on your PC
and click the “Edit Recording” button.
Next, click “Load Recording.” Locate the MP3(s) that you
converted with your device and open them. (Make sure
you have transferred them to your computer using step
#7 from the quick start guide first.)
Click the “Noise Removal” button and follow the
directions on the screen. After the process is completed,
click the “Next” button and continue through the Wizard
to save your edited MP3 files.
For more information on using Cassette2CD Wizard 2.0,
see the full PDF manual on the CD. Note: you can skip
the “Recording” step of the software, since the
Direct2Digital® converter records audio without your
computer.
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How To Burn a CD of Your MP3’s (Mac)
To burn an audio CD of your recorded MP3’s using a
Mac computer, follow the directions below.
Insert the Cassette2CD Wizard 2.0 disc into your Mac.
Open the “Mac CD Burner” folder and double-click the
“Burner.dmg” file. Drag the “Burn” icon into your
Applications folder.
To learn how to use the software, refer to the
“Burner.pdf” manual included on the Cassette2CD
Wizard 2.0 disc (in the “Mac CD Burner” folder).
How To Remove Noise (Mac)
To remove noise from a recording on your Mac
computer, use the directions below.
Insert the Cassette2CD Wizard 2.0 disc into your Mac.
Open the “Audacity” folder and double-click the “SETUPMac.dmg” and install the Audacity software.
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Start the Audacity software and load your recording by
clicking File  Open. Next, click Effect  Noise
Reduction. Follow the directions on the screen. Then
click File  Export Audio to save your edited file.
For more details on how to use Audacity, read the
“Audacity Manual” file included in the “Audacity” folder
on the CD.
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Troubleshooting & Frequently Asked Questions
1. My converter doesn’t seem to record anything after
I press record.
Check your USB connections and make sure
everything is plugged in properly. If that is not the
cause of the issue, please try using a different USB
flash drive.
2. How do I speed up the transfer of my tape?
Since tapes are an analog format, the entire tape
must play in its entirety to be converted. There is no
way to speed up the process.
3. I used Auto Segmentation mode, and some of the
MP3 files are blank.
When pauses between songs (or at the beginning or
end of the tape) are longer than expected, the
converter will make a new file for those silences,
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because it thinks that the pause is a song. You can
simply delete the blank MP3 files.
4. I need a further support!
No problem! We’re ready to help. Just open a
support ticket at
http://support.clearclicksoftware.com, and we’ll get
back to you within 24-48 hours.
You can also email us at
support@clearclicksoftware.com. Please include as
much detail as possible, including what product
you’re using, what kind of computer you have, and a
detailed description of the problem.
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