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CONVERTING Cassettes to CD

Discussion in 'Audio' started by MOON357, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. MOON357

    MOON357 Member

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    Any Ideas on converting cassettes to cd?
     
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    Its not that complicated of a process. The key issue is your sound card. You have to have a really nice one to get decent sound. The line-in record quality of most sound cards is much worse than its sound output. I would use at least a SB Audigy, or Audigy 2. Another good card is the Turtle Beach Santa Cruz, but I don't think they make them anymore. You can prob get one on ebay.

    After you have a decent soundcard, just connect your cassette player to the line-in jack on the sound card. You will probably need a stereo RCA to 3.5 plug adapter cable. There are a few free audio recorders, but I have never tried them. I think they are called Kristal and Audacity. If you want good quality, and can afford to pay a little, you could get Adobe's Audition software, or Sonic Foundry's Sound Forge. I use Pro Tools, but thats WAY overkill for what you want.

    But overall, its pretty easy. Get a good soundcard, connect it via line-in, and get a audio editor/recorder. You can then burn the WAV files to CD with Nero, or compress them to mp3s with LAME.
     
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    DO you have to stop the cassett or record while recording or just let it play through.
     
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    its much easier to let the tape play through, then chop up the individual tracks later.
     
  6. diabolos

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    Yea, what he said. What I do is capture all of my audio with jet audio, convert my lossless file to Mp3 or Wave, then use Audacity to split the one long file into tracks. But you could do it after every song too.

    Ced
     

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