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Converting cassettes to CD’s (digital)?

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Tejstar, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. Tejstar

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    Does anyone know what are the best methods to go about this are? I’ve got quite a few tapes that I’d like to be able to convert to cd or play on my mp3 player.

    Any advice would be much appreciated! :)

    PS: Before anyone mentions Stuart’s thread, I’m not looking to buy a new cassette desk, I just want to know the methods in which I can archive my collection to a digital format.
     
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    A not too elegant way is to plug your tape deck inot the microphone socket on your pc. The use the wav sound recorder to recored the track as its playing. when the song stops, save the wav then repeat for each track. Then you can write the wavs to cd or convet to mp3 as you wish.

    There are other packages that do this but more sophisticated connections on your pc are required.
     
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    The output of a cassette deck will probably overload the mic input of most PC cards. It's best to use the line input.
     
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    Wouldnt the quality be terrible though?

    If you dont wanna buy the CD's why not try going to a music library or something.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys!

    RB05 – It’s not really for music, but more for things I recorded on cassette years ago (own radio shows, dj’ing things like that). Very personal memories that I’d like to digitise somehow.
     
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    That is pretty much the only way to do it.

    1: Connect line out on tape deck to line in on PC.
    2: Start audio capture (&/or edit) software (eg Nero Wave Editor). Ensure it's set to "CD quality" (44100 hz, 16 bit stereo)
    3: Press "play". Check level meters to ensure level is correct (or present).
    ...3a) If not, start your soundcard's mixer software and enable/adjust the relevant input
    4: Once set, rewind, and pause.
    5: Start recording in software. Release pause.
    6: Stop recording and pause.
    7: Save file as PCM/wav.
    8: Repeat 5 - 7 until done.

    You can "improve" the audio quality if you want, with software. You can fairly easily remove constant background noise (hiss) without audibly affecting the rest of the sound, and can adjust the EQ to brighten the treble a touch if required.

    Once you've got your CD quality "wav" files you can then burn them to audio CDs, or use an MP3 converter to compress them and make an MP3 CD.
     
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    Thanks Nigel that’s very helpful.

    I just need to find a way of lugging my tape deck upstairs to my pc now!
     

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