[Coco] Created Audio Cable

Alex Evans varmfskii at gmail.com
Sun Oct 25 20:05:50 EDT 2020

As for recorders, your experience is very different from mine. I have
encountered relatively few portable tape recorders that did not have a
remote jack. I believe that even my mini disk recorder (which is
buried around here somewhere) has one. As for coco use case, it was
always convenient to press play and let the CoCo start the tape when
ready (kinda the same reason why Commodore had their dedicated
cassette drives). Of course , if you are using it with a solution that
doesn't support one, you don't need it, but it still seems incomplete.
Incidentally the cassette cable for the TI-99/4A supported two
cassette decks. One with a remote and one without.

On Sun, Oct 25, 2020 at 5:49 PM Rick Ulland <rickulland1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Nice work, new cables FTW.
> Some background? On ye olden cassette recorders, the remote was
> traditionally a 2.5 mm(ish) jack connected to a switch on the
> microphone. The only CoCo use case I can think of (outside a cassette
> based word processing or database program) would be a few video games
> that play audio files from the tape during play.
> But it is a standard and CoCo does it properly with a floating switch
> (relay) closure not some brand specific solution. My Zoom H2N recorder
> has a remote jack, works fine. So it's safe to misuse if you think up a
> reason.
> Some old guy
> -ricku
> CoNect
> On 10/25/20 12:37 PM, Joel Dare wrote:
> >> Is there a reason you didn't have in the remote plug as well?
> >>
> > I left it off because I don't know of any tape recorders, besides those
> > original Tandy models, that have the remote input. I don't have an actual
> > cassette recorder and haven't seen one in many years. I intend to use the
> > audio cable with a modern digital audio recorder that I have. I'll have to
> > press play and record manually, of course.
> >
> > Here's a picture of it in action with a modern digital audio recorder.
> >
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