How is it made?
Complete process of transforming vintage cassette recorder into unique MP3 player
The first step is to find a tape recorder that will be suitable for modification and then precisely imagine and plan the final effect. Due to the solid, durable construction and simplicity, vintage mechanical decks are my favourite choice, but I also work with modern, soft-logic mechanisms.
The heart of the system is a touchscreen smartphone with dedicated software. The phone have to be equipped with enough built-in memory or additional memory card for music storage. What else? Suitable charger, audio cables, connectors and jacks, some tools and a lot of creativity and invention :)
It's time for assembling and matching components, including precision mechanical works and some electronic tricks to connect signal source to the tape recorder circuits with no distortions. The hardest thing is to put the the smartphone into the cassette compartment without the use of a hammer :)
Finally, device looks and acts as a real tape deck - including mesmerizing cassette animation, working level meters, adjustable output signal and so on. Beautiful piece of hand-made craftmanship. Moreover, each MP3 TapeLess Deck is a unique, handcrafted device, the only one in the world.