Frequently Asked Questions...
and the most common answers :)
WHAT IS A TAPELESS DECK?
It' s a combination of a vintage cassette recorder and a vintage smartphone :) The heart of the system is a touchscreen smartphone equipped with dedicated software and memory for music storage. Phone is permanently mounted inside mechanically reworked cassete compartment (some of the deck mechanisms are removed). Phone is also electrically modified and connected to deck circuits to imitate standard deck behavior, e.g. working level meters, some regulations, adjustable output level and so on. All functions are operated by touching phone screen. It is no rocket science, neverthless every of my Tapeless Decks is a unique handcrafted masterpiece :) It needs a lot of work, some experiments, heavy mechanical works like sawing, cutting and drilling, soldering, some glue and at last - a little bit of craziness and creativity :) Enjoy!
BEFORE YOU BUY A TAPELESS DECK
It depends. Finished and ready-to-use decks have a given price. Please see the offer in my collection. When I convert a deck, the price depends on many factors - mechanical and electrical construction of deck, the complexity of work, used components, amount of memory and so on. Just contact me, I will try to estimate the costs for you.
How much is it?
About a week, from the moment I complete the necessary elements - a suitable deck, good smartphone, memory and other parts I need to conversion.
Not everyone. Some tape recorders are not suitable for processing due to their mechanical and electrical design. The old, simple vintage decks with mechanical keys are my favourite choice for conversion, but I also work with more modern, sotf-logic recorders.
Deck intended for conversion must be electrically functional. Audio circuits, inputs/outputs, level meters, regulations, switches, etc. should work correctly. Engine, belts and gears are not important, may be broken or damaged.
How long does it take to convert the deck?
Is every deck suitable for conversion?
Will the MP3 TapeLess Deck work normally as a tape recorder?
Unfortunately not. During processing, many mechanical parts are removed forever, so you will no longer be able to use the cassettes. The conversion to Tapeless Deck is irreversible.
Tapeless Deck is sold with standard memory 8GB. Expansion to 16 or 32GB is possible with extra cost. You should choose the memory size before purchasing ready deck or before ordering conversion of your deck. Later, it will not be possible to enlarge the memory without disassembling the deck. Don't try this at home :)
What is shipping cost to my country?
How much memory is available? Can I add more memory later?
USING TAPELESS DECK
How can I listen to the music?
In many ways. Every Tapeless Deck offers a lot of possibilities - MP3/FLAC player with cassette animation, Internet radio and FM radio (some models). If you want, you can install any Android application - for example your favourite music streaming service: Tidal, Spotify, Dezeer, Pandora... or whatever you need. Just imagine and enjoy :)
How can I upload music to Tapeless Deck?
All operations take place wirelessly, using any computer (PC/Mac) in your home WiFi network. Just log in your Tapeless Deck to your home WiFi and run AirDroid application that will help you to manage music files. Uploading, deleting, making folders, sorting - anything you wish. See tutorial for more details.
How is the smartphone battery charged?
There is a charger inside :) The battery is charged automatically when the deck is turned on. If you do not use the deck for a long time, remember to turn the phone off to avoid discharging the battery completely. In case the battery is dead, simply turn on the deck and wait a moment until the phone shows signs of life. Then turn on the phone again.
How can I operate the phone inside the deck?
Just like a standard phone, with one exception - since the phone is built into the deck and the ON/OFF swith is hard to access, so it was electrically connected to one of the keys in the deck. It works the same way as original. The rest is as simple as using a smartphone - just touch the screen :)
How can I connect the deck to the amplifier?
Normally, just like a regular deck - using an RCA / cinch cable. The output signal is standard and fits most home amplifiers. In some Tapeless Deck models, you can adjust the level of the output signal.