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    Coverting cassets to CD

    Hi

    Is there any free software to convert cassets & LPs to CD? If none free any reasoble shareware?

    Any suggestion thanks

    Chris

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    Re: Coverting cassets to CD

    Apple's iTunes will do this very easily on both Windows and Macintosh computers. (Latest versions free downloads from Apple.)

    After plugging in your tape player or stereo system, just hit "record" and start playing the cassette or LP, then create a new "album" for your track or tracks, and drag the saved assets to the album. Then select the album and hit the "burn" button (with a blank CD in place, of course).
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    Re: Coverting cassets to CD

    Have a read of this article as a guide to what's needed. There's lots of <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>bies out there to do this kind of thing. I believe Audiograbber is a good one. Maybe also give dBpowerAMP a look - I think there's a free version at http://www.dbpoweramp.com/bin/dMC-r9.exe or http://www.dbpoweramp.com/bin/dMC-Aux-Input.exe.

    HTH

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    Re: Coverting cassets to CD

    Do you plug it into the "microphone" hole or does your sound card have a more sophisticated "line in" interface?

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    Re: Coverting cassets to CD

    "Do you plug it into the "microphone" hole or does your sound card have a more sophisticated "line in" interface?"

    Most audio cards have both microphone and line inputs, while most Macs with built-in audio inputs have one input that can be used for both. You can also use adapters that will turn either microphone or line level signals to digital and plug into a spare USB connector. One such unit is the Griffin iMic, which has analog inputs and outputs all connected to any computer's USB ports (except early Windows 95 computers). If you don't have an iMic, nor a line input, read on:

    If your computer doesn't have a line input jack, and the "line out" volume is not controllable on the source (tape recorder or stereo system) and even with the input (recording) level control on the computer turned down you get distortion, then use the headphone output which is controllable, and play with the balance between playback level on the recorder/stereo system and the input level on the computer.

    Once you find a setting that works well, you may want to make a note to yourself for future reference.

    By the way, the line input is not more sophisticated. Most audio electronics work with a certain level (volume) of audio. Microphones do not produce enough volume, so there is a pre-amplifier that boosts it to line level before it joins the rest of the circuits. After that pre-amplifier stage, the two inputs are joined and treated the same.

    Please reply if you have any more questions.

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    Re: Coverting cassets to CD

    Thanks to all. I will follow up the possiblities

    Chris

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    Re: Coverting cassets to CD

    I use Magix Audio Cleaning Lab.( http://www.magix.com). It came from World Start for about

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    Re: Coverting cassets to CD

    You might find the following of value:
    http://www.cdrfaq.org/
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