I shoveled it into a different computer. Which is another reason I don’t use ProTools or Nuendo, as your instances are limited to the dongles. DP and Logic let you run multiple instances on different machines. (I think they’re called ‘seats’ in licensing terms).
I don’t have 6 tape decks! lol
I actually do that. I use a timer. lol…I use the Amazon Echo, because all 3 of them can be synced to all main rooms of the studio building and it hits my phone when it goes off. I put an ‘end recording’ barrier at 50 min, and left it at 50 min. So if I run to the store and forget about it, the hard drive stops recording.
When one tape runs out, I input the next one to a different DAW track. That way, when all 8 tapes are loaded, I have them stacked vertically like a session, instead spread across the screen on a linear timeline. First I scan visually for potential problem areas, and FORCE myself to not spend more than 2 minutes on any single track. If you’re not careful, you can fiddle with this shit all day, and won’t get paid a penny more.
When everything is transferred, I lasso all the tracks, throw Waves L1 limiters on all of them at once. Now I DON’T want to have to constantly mute and unmute, and I’m sure not going take the time to set this up on the mixing console. So I check and balance levels in scrub mode, that way all tracks stay unmuted but you can only hear one at a time. With its respective channel strip settings.
Once everything sounds fine, I lasso all of the clips/regions and export the whole damn batch at once, then in the options, I click change batch export settings to apply each channel strip plugins to its respective track.
…BUT…doesn’t the audio quality matter? I found that people will check these to make sure you actually did what they paid you to do. But they will NEVER even listen to it. If its their grandmothers funeral, they want to HAVE it. Not LISTEN to it. This is preserving memories. NOT mastering audio.
The one exception is if some granddaddy hands karaoke cassette to digitize so he can take them to a retirement home and sing for other granddaddies. Then you need to quote higher because some mastering work will likely be required. You don’t want to just hand it to him. A bad track to a karaoke singer can actually come back to hurt you. A ‘what you see is what you get’ digitization of a graduation ceremony 30 years ago won’t. One is a memory, the other one is a musical tool.