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Having problems recording music from a split track cassette to my PC using Audacity

Discussion in 'Audio' started by BJ1987, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. BJ1987

    BJ1987 Member

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    I have a split track cassette (music on left, voice on right). I've listened to the cassette and it works perfectly.

    Using a stereo miniplug I have attempted to record the music to my PC so that I can burn it to a CD. I initially plugged it into the microphone spot. It would only record the music, not both music and voice.

    I then tried plugging the miniplug into the line-in. When using Audacity, I changed the Recording Channels to 2(stereo). I would pick up both music and voice but it was distorted and choppy. I also had to turn the volume up pretty high on the cassette player which caused a lot of noise in the recording.

    Can anybody advise me on how to solve this?
  2. diabolos

    diabolos Guest

    These types of issues are of interest to me. First, visit this thread:


    [bold]That guy had an mp3 player but everything is still true as far as proper operation and my advice.[/bold]



    1) Make sure your pc master volume for the Line-In stream is at a reasonable level.

    1a) Having the volume up high on the cassette player (or anywhere else) can cause the sound to be distorted and choppy.

    2) Depending on how long ur tape is, I would think about using encoding to a lossless audio format (i.e. FLAC).

    I use a program called Jet Audio 5 Basic (its freeware) to do my analog to digital conversions. If you where using Jet Audio I could help you allot more. But the analog method is always the same.

    Don't worry this happens to lots of guys ;)
  3. diabolos

    diabolos Guest

    Wow, I just used (tried to use) Audacity to record some sound on my computer and it bearly picked up a signal. I would advise against using Audacity and use my program, Jet Audio 6 Basic. I'm not trying to be difficult but I have never had any problems with jet audio and I think a few people on this forum would agree that its great at recording music though your sound card. I usually only use Audacity to split up my mp3's into tracks (I didn't even know it had that record feature... doesn't really matter though :) ).

    Jet Audio 6.06 Basic Download home page:

    Cnet's Download.com page if you prefer it:

    I hope this helps,

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