, How to create your own personalized custom cassette mixtape!

How to create your own personalized custom cassette mixtape!

In case you didn’t know, vinyl record sales surpassed CDs last year.  I know we’ve been bragging about this like we’re the ones to blame for the vinyl comeback (ahem, ahem…partly true!) but it’s really because we just love the good ole vinyl record format! I mean…could you believe it that analog is still thriving in 2021 considering everyone and their grandpa prefers streaming?  How awesome is that?! Long live vinyl!

And you know what other analog format we think might see another resurgence in a year or two? THE analog format all 80s babies love. Yes, I am talking about cassette tapes! Last year, in the UK alone, cassette sales were rising with over 65,000 cassette tapes were sold in the first half of the year.

Custom cassette tape duplication may be the next trend after vinyl. But let’s not talk about the usual albums in cassette tapes. Let’s focus on the awesome cassette mixtapes.

FIRST, WHAT ARE CUSTOM MIXTAPES?

If you’re not born in the 80s, you may be asking what’s the difference between  custom mixtape and albums. We all know how albums are composed of songs or tracks that are from the same musician, artist, or band, etc…It’s the stuff we pay for in music stores. Mixtapes are different. They are a set or compilation of tracks from different musicians which are produced or released by DJs. This is also the stuff we used to make for our crushes when we’re in High School.

There are four different ways you cancreate your very own personalized custom cassette mixtapes.

These ways are not very different when executing the steps, what greatly differs them from each other is the medium used. The first way is the cassette to cassette, second is the CD to cassette, third is the vinyl to cassette, and fourth is the music on online streaming sites to cassette.

Cassette Mixtape Creation Option #1: Cassette to Cassette

, How to create your own personalized custom cassette mixtape!

You will need:
A dual cassette deck
Several cassette tape albums
Blank cassette tapes

Dual cassette decks are cassette decks that have two cassette wells, one on the left and one on the right. One cassette well can only play a cassette tape while the other can play and record.

Instructions:

To make your custom cassette mixtape, place one cassette tape album on the well that only plays tapes .

place a blank tape on the well that can play and record.

Play the tape and when the track you want is on, press PLAY and RECORD together.

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Cassette Mixtape Creation Option #1:  CD to Cassette

, How to create your own personalized custom cassette mixtape!

You will need:

A CD player

cassette deck with RCA ports

RCA cables

CD albums

 blank cassette tapes

Instructions:

Before making your mixtape, you have to connect the CD player and cassette deck with the RCA cables. You have to plug the cable to the CD player’s RCA output to the cassette deck’s RCA input. Just like the first way, all you have to do is play your CD on the CD player and then press play and record on the cassette deck to create your mixtape.

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Cassette Mixtape Creation Option #1: Vinyl to Cassette

, How to create your own personalized custom cassette mixtape!

You will need:

A turntable with built-in preamplifier

Cassette deck with RCA ports

RCA cables

vinyl records

blank cassette tapes

Instructions:

Same as the one above, you will have to connect the two equipment using an RCA cable, with the cable plugged into the RCA output of the turntable and the other end plugged into the RCA input of the cassette deck. And just like the first two ways, press play and record on the cassette deck, press start on the turntable, and then drop the needle on the track that you want.

These three ways all used cassette decks, and these cassette decks have either an auto bias or manual bias. It is a tool that helps improve the audio quality when you record on cassette tapes. Before recording for your mixtapes, you can test out the recording by recording while adjusting the bias and the record volume. Make sure both bias levels and record volume levels are to your or other people’s liking.

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Cassette Mixtape Creation Option #1: Music on Online Streaming Sites to Cassette

, How to create your own personalized custom cassette mixtape!

You will need::

A portable cassette player and/or recorder

Blank cassette tapes

AUX cord and your phone

Instructions:

Using the AUX cord, connect your phone to your cassette player/recorder.

To start making your custom cassette mixtape, you need to press the play and record buttons then play the music on your phone. If the next song is not to your liking, you can press the pause button and then unpause it when you want the next song to be recorded. After you’ve finished, you can press the stop button.

You can set up a playlist before the recording so that you will not need to pause and unpause. It would also be better to turn off your phone’s wifi and bluetooth to avoid having a pulsating tapping on the record.

After recording your own mixtape, you can design them in whatever way you want. You can buy j-cards, and cassette tape cases and design them too. You may use paint, like acrylic, stickers, washi tapes, colored markers and more. After designing them, you can give your personalized mixtape as a gift to someone you want to give it to or maybe have it for yourself.

If you want a more hassle-free way of having your own personalized custom cassette mixtapes, then you can order them from us! You can choose what kind of materials to use and what kind of design you want. It’s 2021 so we have soooo many options for custom tape duplication. J-cards are more awesome, the customization options for cassette tape packaging is endless!

Whether you want to make a custom cassette mixtape for your friends or you want a collab with other musicians, this is something fans and friends would like to have!

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James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD, custom vinyl records and merch company in LA.