Turning Cassette Tapes Into CDs

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Turning Cassette Tapes Into CDs

Postby Dormouse on Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:16 pm

On another thread, there was some discussion of turning one's old cassette tapes into compact discs and MP3s. This is a way you can do it at home that is totally free, given you already have the materials.

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Converting Cassette Tapes Into MP3
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First, you will need the following:

- Tape Player with a Headphone Jack
- Computer with a Microphone Jack
- Cord with a Headphone Plug on Each End

You will need to download and install the following:

- Audacity Music Editor

- - - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ - - -

- MP3 Encoder

- - - http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/fa ... m=lame-mp3 - - -

Once that is done:

- Put the tape you want to record in the tape player.
- Hookup the headphone cord into the headphone jack of the tape player, and the other end in the microphone jack of the computer.
- Open Audacity.
- At the top is a row of buttons. The red circle records and the orange square stops.
- Once you are ready, hit the record button, and then press play on the tape player.
- Audacity will record the tape.
- Once everything has been recorded, press the stop button.
- Now, go to File, Export as MP3. The first time, Audacity will ask you to give the location of the MP3 Encoder that you downloaded earlier.
- The recorded music should now be a MP3 file on your computer ready to burn on to CD!

You can also create individual tracks off the cassette by recording one track at a time, stopping the tape player and recording simultaneously, exporting the file, and repeating.

Audacity also has a Noise Removal option that can take out the background hiss and other editing features.

- http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

If anyone has trouble, feel free to ask any questions!
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Re: Turning Cassette Tapes Into CDs

Postby Dormouse on Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:18 pm

Has anyone tried this? It was a long time since I last did it, so if it doesn't work, tell me!
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