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    Recording audio from a Grundig TK140 Reel to Reel recorder

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    Hello all,

    What I'm hoping to do is to transfer some old recordings from a Grundig TK140 Reel to Reel recorder while the tape is still good. I use Ableton Live 9 and have a Saffire Pro 24 pre-amp I use to record guitar and vocals.

    Can I connect the TK140 to my pc using the pre-amp and if so what additional cables will I need?

    Thanks very much for any advice you can offer me.

    Iggy

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    Theoretically you can connect the TK140 to the Saffire.

    The Saffire Pro 24 is a firewire interace (I believe) so that will got you into the computer.

    You just need to connect the TK140 to the Saffire's line in.

    However, I don't know what outputs the TK140 has . . . most likely DIN. So you would need DIN to 6.5mm jacks.

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    I think jack 3 is for audio in and out. You can find the 5-pin DIN to RCA cables easy enough, or just put little nails in the DIN holes and alligator clip it to your regular wiring. I think I was using nails sized for picture framing.

    The USA eBay usually has a cable for B&O gear for $25, but I think I found some for 12-14 dollars

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    There is a cable on Ebay described as 1M 6.35MM JACK TO 5 PIN DIN PLUG B&O NAIM AUDIO CABLE LEAD STEREO DJ AMPLIFIER. I cant get the picture of it to show on here. Am I allowed to post a link to it on here?

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    I can't find that description on my ebay, but the link should be OK. The normal Stereo cable for all that old euro and Nipponese stuff is the 5-pin DIN to four male RCA. You only need L&R out and the common pin and don't need the L&R in - 3 of the 5 pins

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    Here's the link

    1M 6.35MM JACK TO 5 PIN DIN PLUG B&O NAIM AUDIO CABLE LEAD STEREO DJ AMPLIFIER | eBay

    Can you confirm this is what I need please?

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    No. they are around 4 pound in UK;
    5 Pin Din to 4 Phono (RCA) Audio Stereo In/Out

    Doesn't mean it will be any better than the nails and alligator clips, though. hahah

    There might be din to 6.5mm L&R, but that would be rare. If you look for two plug cables, you have to know if they are out from your Grundig, or, not. With four plug, you have to see which ones work - meaning sound will arrive at the interface when you find the right plugs

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    The 5 pin to phono, then an adaptor to jack is a better bet because the 5 pin to TRS cable is almost guaranteed NOT to work, because the recorder is mono, and going in went in on pins 1 and 2 (2 is ground) and on later machine pin 4 was the other channel in - but that recorder of yours from memory has a 3 pin din socket, not 5? Even if it is 5 - nothing says pins are connected to allow mono/stereo operation.. Output will be on pin 2, ground and pin 3 mono signal - so that 4 phono cable has all the possibilities and an unbalanced output, which is ideal.

    With Din equipped kit no matter what you did, you always ended up with the wrong connections. To go from some kit to another you needed 1 to 3 conversion cables or you ended up with an input connected to input.

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    Well, I thought the google image I saw of the I/O was the 140, but there was a lot of models. I should think I'm probably guilty of assuming too much.

    However, my 1960 (1959-1961) era MONO Magetophon has 5-pin. One might assume that since it is MONO it wouldn't have sound on sound. And one would be wrong : ) It has two 5-pin and two inline 3-pin ! hahah

    I think there's a service man for the 140 that might have the diagrams

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    Sound on sound? Where did that come from. My old TK-24 certainly had no interesting features at all - just record and play.

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