I can’t believe I can’t figure out a tape recorder. I haven’t used one in awhile but didn’t they typically have record buttons, and you either hit them or hit them in combo with the play button and that made the spindle start rolling and it would record from whatever source it was set up to record from?
This is an Onkyo TA-RW244/144 dual cassette player. It does not have anything that leaps out as a record button. (Machine definitely claims to be a recording device, though). There are one set of controls for the two players, and the right-hand one is marked PLAY/RECORD while the left-hand one simply says PLAY.
I’ve actually got the INSTRUCTIONS with me, so I’m R’ing the F’ing M and it isn’t helping. Instrux say that after loading the tape in r.h. side and setting up source and picking Doly and resetting the counter and whatnot to hit a button marked •/II
(I did that, an orange light momentarily blinked, tape did NOT start rollling)
next instruction says “While observing the peak level indicators, adjust the recording level” and the instruction after that pertains to how to go back and play back what you presumably recorded, so the assumption seems to be that the •/II button makes recording take place.
“Well, you’ve just got a broken tape deck, dude”, you may be thinking. I would go with that explanation except that I’ve got two of these suckers (yeah, for a total of 4 places I could insert a cassette tape, not counting orifices belonging to the designer of this system) and I’ve tried both of them.
Last time I recorded a cassette tape, the tape spindle had to be in motion for recording to take place. The tape rolls under the record head which does magnetic things and yadda yadda by the time it’s being rolled onto the takeup head it’s got stuff on it.
It’s my Dad’s (I’m all digital myself) and I’m here doing the Christmas visit thing. He says he can’t figure it out and would I mind helping since I’ve got all this geek cred, etc? Hmmph.