Turn your old cassette tapes to MP3s or CDs
Upgrade your music!
By Red Squirrel
Do you have some old tapes you'd like to get on a CD, or simply as mp3's to share on KaZaA? Or do you have recorded sound you need to backup?
No problem. With your computer (with sound card), a tape recorder/player, and an audio cable with two male ends, you can easily do this.
In my case, I have another cord in which connects to my PC's sound card, but it's the same principle, the only difference is instead of plugging the tape recorder into the computer, I plug it into the extension. On most sound cards, the audio input is blue.
Connecting is quite simple, simply plug in your audio source (in this case a tape recorder) into it's power source, plug the audio cable in it's earphone jack, and plug the other end in the computer's input. (in my case it's the other cable).
You now need a program that can record sound. Sound Forge is good for that, and I'm sure someone can *hook you up* at our forum with other software as well. You can use Sound Recorder, which come with Windows, but the quality is bad and you are very limited in how much you can record.
Most programs are pretty straightforward. To record, you simply hit record, and hit play on your tape recorder. You will need to wait till the wanted sound has finished playing, so if it's a one-hour tape, you will need to record for one hour, and some computers might not have the capacity for that, assuming you are recording in high quality wav, which is the most ideal if it's something you want to keep high quality. I recommend that if you are recording an album, that you go one song at a time, and save separate wav files. From there, you can do what you want with them, such as burning them as audio CDs as tracks to play in a CD-player, or simply keeping them on the computer. If you choose to keep them on the computer, your best bet is to record them as MP3, or convert them afterwards, as they will take less space. You can also burn data CDs and put more MP3s then you can put WAVs, if listening to it in your stereo is not what you want, but simply to keep them as files for PC use.
PC to tape
If you want to do this, but from the PC to a tape (example: edited audio presentation) you can do it the same way, but instead, you would plug in the cable into the "mic" jack of the tape recorder, and into the "in" jack of the computer. You would also have to play the sound on the computer, and press record on the tape recorder.
I hope you enjoyed this as much as my cat did, and that it was informative to you! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate and ask them in our forum!
IceTeks senior administrator
Latest comments (newest first)|
Posted by rovingcowboy on January 01th 2009 (22:12)|
well my other turntable needed a preamp.
this usb one did not.
Posted by Onykage on January 01th 2009 (11:16)|
why would you ever have added a step to a 2 step process? Almost any kit turntable has an aux out. Just go from the aux out to the line in on any 8bit+ sound device and record it directly.
Posted by rovingcowboy on January 01th 2009 (22:49)|
i must update my answer to above,
now i am not changing any thing in it.
i am however adding to it.
i just got an ion turntable that goes to the usb port
if you have way of getting one, get it and forget
going through the vinyl to tape to pc, path way that this subject is
how ever if you can't get one of the new turntables that connect
to the pc usb ports, then you must stay with the vinyl to tape to pc way
that is the main subject of this article.
how ever you need to know that you will be in need of some wav editing if you
do the tape path.
but when you use the usb turntables there is no need to add any chorus or echo
in the song after you get it in the computer since the turntable is putting all the
sound from the record directly in to the computer no degrading of the song is done.
so i am now using the usb turn table for adding all my vinyl to the computer.
Posted by rovingcowboy on December 12th 2005 (16:48)|
right click on the speaker icon in the tray
and open the mixer board.
on the mixer board you will see in the upper left corner the words options?
you want to click on that then select the round radio button for the recording
and click okay.
then make sure you have the line in mixer set to be heard and not muted.
adjust its volume up to about 3/4's the way and click okay.
now make sure you can hear your tape when you play it in the boombox. just press the play button on the boombox with the patch cord connected.
the sound should be sent to the computer speakers
if so then you can record the tape to the computer.
you need a wav editor but lets say you have one as your trying this.
just adjust the volume on the boombox and
on the main computer volume speaker icon.
the volume on the boombox will effect the recording but the volume from the
speaker icon in the tray should not.
unless when you were in the mixer panel for recording
you made the mixer
called "what you hear"
the one to record from instead of the line in mixer.
if you did that then the speaker icon volume will mess up the
recording volume too.
I need to correct something i said in the orginal post reply i made
that red has in the orginal post, since i can nolonger edit that one i
have to correct it here.
the mediajukebox program is not the one i am using any longer.
i got rid of that just about the time i posted my orginal reply.
i am now using the wav editor in sound blasters software,
they call it Wav Studio.
and i am using Audiomatrix which is an old 16 bit one.
it cost me 5 bucks in the store's discount shelf. but it still works.
and i am using the Media monkey program to organize my songs and convert them when needing too.
media monkey is both free and pro. i use the free version.
Posted by richardj on October 10th 2005 (13:04)|
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roving cowboy / keith hall.