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Recording from cassette/album to CD

By jdamico ·
Silly question, I know, but at least this one shouldn't be a brainbuster! Does anyone know what type of software and hardware, i.e., cables, would be needed in order for me to transfer music from my old cassettes and albums to CDs?

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by TheChas In reply to Recording from cassette/a ...

The first step is to have a quality sound card.

If you are looking for decent fidelity on your recordings do NOT attempt to record from albums if your PC has on-board sound.

It's getting out of date, but check out the sound card ratings on this site:

http://www.pcavtech.com/soundcards/index.htm

Next, the better the quality of the cassette deck or turntable, the better the results will be.

As to software, most CD-Burning applications come with a basic recorder.

There are many packages that you can use to improve on the overall sound quality and remove noise from the recording.

Here are some links:

http://www.enhancedaudio.com/

http://www.cfbsoftware.com/default.htm

http://www.garage-a-records.com/index.php

http://www.goldenhawk.com/

This next one is a tutorial on recording!

http://www.delback.co.uk/lp-cdr.htm

http://biphome.spray.se/baxtrom/soliton.htm

http://www.highcriteria.com/

As far as connecting cables, with a standard sound card, you need a stereo RCA to mini-plug cable.

Plug the left and right channel RCA plugs into the tape or line out jacks on the stereo source.

Plug the mini-plug into the Line In jack on the sound card.

What software and hardware you use will have an impact on the recording.
If you have a lot of valuable recordings that are in good shape, it may make sense to invest in a decent turntable and cartridge for this project.

Chas

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by jdamico In reply to

Thanks so much! I also found a website that had good instructions, help2go.com.

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