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Creating music cds from music cassetts

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Zook, Oct 1, 2003.

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  1. Zook

    Zook Guest Thread Starter

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    My question does not seem to fit any of the existing categories.
    I would like to know what hardware and software I would need to convert cassetts to cds and how to hook it up.
     
  2. Memory_Loss

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    I use the Creative MP3 Audigy sound card. You need a tape deck and a cable to connect the two.

    For software i use Cool Edit, which is now owned by Adobe.

    Go HERE!


    When Syntrillium sold it, it was $69.


    Once you rip it to mp3 format, burn it to cd.
     
  3. Zook

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    Dear Memory Loss
    I checked the Adobe site and they now want $299 for an upgraded version of Cool Edit. Are there some less costly alternatives? About how much does the Creative MP3 Audigy sound card cost?
    Thanks much for your help
     
  4. eddie5659

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    Zook

    Moved you to Other Software, which is the forum for this :)

    eddie
     
  5. bozz

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    Roxio Easy CD Creator has a feature called Spin Doctor that will do this.
     
  6. Rollin_Again

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    Well since the sound quality of the tape is not that great to begin with, I wouldn't go out and buy a bunch of expensive software to record those tapes. The quality of your MP3 or WAV is only going to be as good as the source you are using to create it. If you have a Microphone or line-in jack on your sound card you can just connect your tape player to it with a standard 8mm audio cable and try using Windows built in sound recorder. Sound Recorder normally has a 60 second limit in creating a NEW file so to overcome this, just open a large EXISTING WAV file in the Sound Recorder and once it's loaded, re-record it with the contents of your tape and save with a new filename. It's as simple as connecting the tape player and computer together, then start recording with Sound Recorder and press play on the cassette player. I don't know how great the sound quality will be but at least it's free and you can give it a shot without having to pay for anything. Who knows, the sound may not be that bad. Note: Using this method will create a WAV file so make sure you have plenty of Hard Drive space to record to. You can always go back and compress the WAV into MP3 later. Sound Recorder is found under Programs ----------> Accessories --------> Entertainment. You might also check to see if your soundcard came with any additional software that can help you, I know that Creative Labs usually includes software with their soundcards for stuff like that. Once you have created your WAV or MP3, creating the actual CD is a breeze assuming you haven't had too much Jagermeister ;)

    P.S. Make sure to check your Windows Sound settings to make sure that your WAV balance and Microphone are turned up.

    Rollin
     
  7. Zook

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    Thanks to all for your suggestions, esp. "Rollon Again" as your suggestion allows me to check out the feasibility of using the hardware/software I currently have.
    Has anyone had experience using Dart's "CD Recorder 4.1 ?" It claims to reomove hisses and pops and control volumn while recording cassette tapes (or records) onto cds
     
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    I used "audiograbber" freeware to transfer a few songs on cassette tapes to my hard drive with mixed results. The Audiograbber site has forums and there I was advised to download WinAmp as my player, rather than Real One Player which is coupled to Audiograbber The sound quality is better with WinAmp.
     
  9. LONGHAIR

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    Real One is full of spyware. Make sure you run something like Spybot or Adaware or both to get rid of that stuff.
     
  10. cahallyburton

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    MusicMatch is also supposed to be good for transferring cassette music to pc/cd.

    My question is, can I use a tape deck that's in a portable stereo boom box to transfer the music to my pc...or do I need some special type of tape deck?
     
  11. vglock1@san.

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    I use a program called Total Recorder to transfer my cassette into the computer then I use a program called Goldwave to denoise the sound file and increase the volume. I have a Panasonic BOOM BOX that is next to my computer that I use to play the cassette for dubbing unto the computer.
    Its really simple to do.
     
  12. ceri sheeran

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    Hi,

    Try this program

    http://www.polderbits.com/

    Worked a treat for recording story book cassette tapes to CD for our daughter.

    hth

    Ceri
     
  13. cahallyburton

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    So, do I need something like Goldwave in addition to Musicmatch?
     
  14. vglock1@san.

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    Can you denoise(remove the tape hiss) and edit the soundfiles(like make them louder)
    with Musicmatch????
     
  15. Rusty1952

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    I just started using Audio Cleaning Lab 2004 by Magix. Picked it up just recently with a net to zero rebate @ Compusa. It cleans up LP's and filters out tape hiss on cassettes and rumble levels. You can add and/or edit audio effects. It also has a cd burn wizard that interfaces with ur Burner. Has a host of other features too. So far it seems okay. Havn't had much time to play with it. For nearly "free" though it lookin
    pretty good.
     
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