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Square Reader Modified to Record Off Old Reel-to-Reel Tape [Video]

The Square Reader is a tiny magnetic credit card reader that has taken the mobile payment industry by storm. This clever hack dumps the credit card reading in favor of snagging the audio from old music reels.

Evan Long was curious about whether the through-the-headphones interface of the Square Reader could be used to read audio data off old magnetic recordings. With a very small modification (he had to bend a metal tab inside the reader to allow the audio tape to slide through more easily) he was able to listen to and record audio off old reels. Watch the video above to see it in action or hit up the link below to read more about his project.

iPod Meets Reel [via Make]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/18/12

Comments (2)

  1. Jay

    So he developed his own app too??

  2. Michael

    What’s wrong with using the line-outs from the tape deck? Audio quality would be far better due the head’s vertical, horizontal & azimuth alignment.

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