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From Cassette to Mp3/CD

 
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ingeneri



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2007 8:50 pm    Post subject: From Cassette to Mp3/CD Reply with quote



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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I kept my Tascam 4 track cassette recorder. What I have done in the past is to record the tape via the analog function on a CD player/burner. Then the CD can be downloaded into any computer. I use the iTunes program on my Mac. You then have to title/retitle the tunes. I think for the price of decent program, you could buy a cheap burner like I have. I have recorded my group many times this way during practices, etc.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All you need is audio inputs on your computer. Most computers with a sound card have them. On standard sound cards they're usually 1/8" mini stereo plug. You'll need a cable that goes from the computer to what ever output is on the tape deck (usually RCA or 1/4"). 2 channels out 2 channels in. If you want to go all 4 tracks, you'll have to do more (mixer or multi-input sound card).

If you don't have any audio software at all and you're a Window's user you can use 'Sound Recorder', it's in the 'Accessories' menu. It's really simple but works.

There are free audio tools out there like Audicity. It's pretty popular.

Or if you're looking to simply 2-Track I still use CoolEdit 96, You can post edit your audio, normalize it..etc

You want to record at 44.1k - 16-bit for basic CD audio (Redbook) quality. You can dump it to MP3 or what have you later. Don't use compressed audio (like MP3) on your master. It'll be degraded.

Check your levels on play back, you don't want clipping in digital, stay below 0 db always!

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