[sebhc] Re: Cassette software tapes for H-8

Mark Garlanger garlanger at gmail.com
Thu Aug 3 16:00:55 CDT 2006

I don't know how much storage the archives are allowed, but if someone
wants to make the recordings of the cassettes, and they are too big,
I have web space that can be used to store them.


On 8/1/06, Barry Watzman <Watzman at neo.rr.com> wrote:
> I have done that with the audio tapes from a Processor Technology Sol-20.
> In fact, I've gone further .... I've burned the sound records to an audio
> CD, and I can indeed run the programs from the audio output of the CD
> player.
> BUT WAIT, There's more!
> I then converted the audio to an MP3 file, burned that to a DATA CD, and
> played that on a CD player that can play MP3 and WMA files.  And, despite
> the protestations of almost everyone that it COULD NOT work (much talk about
> "zero crossings" and "phase distortion"), it DOES work.  [The Sol never took
> the requisite course in analog signals and waveforms, I guess.]
> However, the SOL system is different than the system used by Heath, so the
> fact that it worked on the audio tapes for the SOL cannot be extrapolated to
> mean that it will work on the Heath cassette systems.  But I'd venture a
> guess that wave files, at least, can be saved that way.  Saving them as MP3
> files is another matter, and is much less certain (or even less likely).
> Really, someone needs to try it:  capture the sound as a "wave" file, [I'd
> recommend "normalizing" it to use the full dynamic range without clipping],
> then convert it to an MP3 file, save it on some MP3 media or device, and
> play it back into the cassette port of an H-8 or H-89 and see if it works.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: sebhc-bounces at sebhc.org [mailto:sebhc-bounces at sebhc.org] On Behalf Of
> Mark Garlanger
> Sent: Tuesday, August 01, 2006 3:01 PM
> To: sebhc at sebhc.org
> Subject: Re: [sebhc] Re: Cassette software tapes for H-8
> Would it work you captured the digitalized sound from the tape (with a
> sound card), then recorded that sound file back to a new tape? If it
> does, that would be a nice way to also archive tapes.
> On 8/1/06, Carroll Waddell <carrollwaddell at sc.rr.com> wrote:
> > WVerish at aol.com wrote:
> >
> > > Does anyone know where I might get any of the tapes that were included
> > > with the H-8 computer? Also I am looking for memory chips (or a
> > > source) so I can populate my 16K memory board for the H-8.
> > >
> > >
> > > Thanks much,
> > >
> > > Wayne Verish
> >
> > Wayne,
> > If you have trouble making H8 software tapes, I'll be glad to make you
> > copies of the tapes I have. Just let me know.
> > Carroll
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