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    Transfer cassette to cd

    I would like to transfer some old cassette tapes to a CD. I'm not sure which computer the transfer would be done with, so the OS could be Win98 or XP Pro. If I'm thinking right, it should be no problem to connect the tape player's output jacks to the computer's sound input jack, but what would the procedure be after that and would any special software would be necessary? Could the basic Windows Sound Recorder do an adequate job (it's not music, just simple audio recorded at a special birthday party)? What would be the best audio format to transform the recording into so it can be played on a standard CD player? Any <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15> would be appreciated.

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    Re: Transfer cassette to cd

    There was a thread on this during the past 18 months, over on the Software board, I believe. Hopefully, the person who did that project will pipe up with their solution.

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    Re: Transfer cassette to cd

    "Could the basic Windows Sound Recorder do an adequate job?"

    That's a big negative -- at least as far as Win98 is concerned. Sound Recorder was designed to record brief (less than one minute) sounds -- and the quality could only be described as horrific.

    Let me find some links for you...

    As usual, I try to find freeware to do this. Yes, you can spend money -- but if you don't have to...

    My favorite program is Audacity. Will it always be free? I don't know, but I have made some nice recordings with it. Beats Sound Recorder by several light years.

    My back up program is Soliton. It is less slick on the packaging and I am not sure if there is a web site for it -- but it can be downloaded here. It appears at the bottom, eh, just below Audacity. It does a few things Audacity cannot -- and sometimes I think I records better -- especially if the input data is not too good...

    I found another link for Soliton (I guess it is officially "Soliton II") here. And the home page -- without a lot of information or hype -- is here. As best I can tell...

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    Re: Transfer cassette to cd

    I'll try to find the old thread--but with some of course you know what they were but the tail only goes so far back--I think you can say that in the Lounge--in order to fit on the server some choices have to be made on which sections how far back.

    Not to stray but the whole "gone forever" time frame of CD (types burned) and tape--in other words how long in time each type media is good for is important and interesting--video and audio.

    Meanwhile this may help from Tech TV:

    How To Transfer Tape Cassette to CD--Archive Casettes Before They're Gone Forever

    How To Transfer Video Tape Cassettes to CD

    Setup to Turn Tape Cassette into CD's

    How To Turn Vinyl LP's To CD's Without Losing the Snap Crackle & Pop of Vinyl--or Lose it if You Want (You may be way to young to remember these things.)

    WAVs to MP3's

    A History of Audio Formats in the 21st Century
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    Basic Steps to Convert Tape Cassettes to CD

    What you'll need to do is connect a tape player to your sound card's line-in terminal with a 1/4-inch mini-jack and record the contents of your tape as a WAV file. To do this, we recommend using the free version of MusicMatch 6.0. Just set MusicMatch to record the line-in channel, press play on your tape deck, and then press the record button on the MusicMatch Jukebox. Once you've done that, you'll be converting the analog sound on the tape into digital audio, breaking it down into numbers. Welcome to the world of digitizing. Once you've recorded your WAV file, it's very easy to make an audio CD-R using software designed for that task. We recommend a $99 program called Spin Doctor from Roxio. It's part of Roxio's Easy CD Creator 4 Deluxe. You'll also need a CD-R drive, of course. When you've finished gathering all the necessary hardware and software, read this feature on how to burn an audio CD. Before you create the CDs, you may want to transfer the WAV files to an editing studio. Pro Tools, Sound Forge, or Cool Edit will work just fine. Let your budget determine which one you get.

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    Re: Transfer cassette to cd

    My Experience...

    The Free version of Music Match SPECIFICALLY does NOT let you record from the Sound Card. Only the pay version will. Furthermore, Music Match infiltrates your entire computer with context menu add-ons and many other un-needed junk.

    I HIGHLY recommend the FREE Audacity or Soliton-II. Money-back guarantee. LOW foot print -- no registry modifications, Start menu changes, etc. GOOD sound recording.

    Audacity and Soliton ARE Wave Editors as well -- and Audacity is even a SoundForge product... Where's the down side?

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    Re: Transfer cassette to cd

    May well be--Tech TV invoked Music Match in the paste which also mentions Roxio 4 so it's dated and if music match doesn't work, sorry it's mentioned. But there are a lot of rippers that will, and if you sub some mentioned on this thread or Music Match Pro, you can get the job done. It's unusual for Tech TV to write up something they don't make work in the lab, but the main principle is converting analog to digital to rt it onto a CD.

    Ed. SMBP: The downside would be using any ripper that doesn't work and if MusicMatch (not Pro) doesn't work, then there's only an upside to using it, or something like CDex, Quintissential, Audacity, Soliton II or the best thing you can find to work.

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    Re: Transfer cassette to cd

    I have been transferring many lecture audio tapes to WAVs and then convert them to MP3pro.

    The recording software is everywhere. I used many of them. Like, the Musicmatch Plus, Nero wave

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