Hi Joe …
Only just saw your post.
Well, I guess we all have different ways of working.
The only time I touch cassettes personally is where the client has no other viable master sources.
FWIW, an efficient way of doing these things is to set up your cassette player … first properly cleaning the heads and running a test tape through for a short while to make sure it doesn’t eat the client’s master … and then setting the appropriate gain levels through your capture path.
Then, record into WL.
Then, open the recorded track as a montage, do the track markers, top and tail (fades) for each track. This is a good place to adjust any plugs (limiter,EQ etc) as well. Remember to save the settings for a recall.
You can edit the file in the edit window to remove unwanted artefacts.
Once all tracks are done, you can adjust the tracks for your final CD … maybe save this as a new montage (‘Reference CD’ or something like that).
I am in the habit of individually rendering each track as well to generate separate files or delivery.
I’m sure others have different ways of doing things. It’s finding a method that works for you.