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audio tape to CD

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  1. jtn3833

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    I am interested in transferring some old audio tapes that I have to CD. I hooked up my own 5.1 surround sound system, but don't consider myself versed in audio technicalities. To me it sounds as simple as taking an audio cable from the 'headphones' (or out) jack on a tape deck and putting into the 'microphone' jack in my computer. I'll perhaps need to make the initial transfer as a .wav or something, but then I can transfer it to mp3 and then to CD.
    Is it that simple, or am I in for a lot more than that?

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    JTN
     
  2. buddhafabio

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    yes it is that simple. but i would play around with thgw cable settings for the best quality. and it would help if you had a top of the line sound card. then if you had them you could use rca inputs on the sound card and use the outputs from the sound system
     
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    Okay, I have the audio cord plugged in and when I play from the tape deck the sound comes from my computer speaks which I take as a good sign.
    Now I need a program which will take the audio from the playing tape and record it as either wav or mp3. I clicked on the link provided by LwdSquashman, and that article suggests music match 6. I was unable to find MM6 and could only locate MM8 which does not allow you to record from the mic on the free version.
    So now I'm looking for either a copy of Music Match 6, or a similar free program which will record from the audio in (or mic). After that I should be okay on my own. Anyone know of anything out there?

    Thanks,
    JTN
     
  5. buddhafabio

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    plug in the mic plug and i think windows wav recorder in accessories can do what you want.
     
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    (1) GoldWave is a good shareware audio app. You can download a fully-functional demo version.

    (2) I would suggest running your cassette audio into the Line In on your sound card, instead of the Mic input. Lessens the likelyhood of distortion.
     
  7. jtn3833

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    For some reason windows recorder has a limit of sixty seconds.
     
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    i have gotten around that but for get how
     
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