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Old 16. Sep 2010, 03:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to convert all of my cassette tapes to CD. What program do you recommend to do this?

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You can use a fairly basic recording app like Audacity for that or you can just use windows sound recorder.
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Audacity would be good for recording the songs from cassette to MP3. The mp3 files can then be written to a CD.

I have used Jet Audio Basic in the past, to record songs from cassettes too, and had good results.

You can give any one of them a try.


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u can just use windows sound recorder.
If I am correct, Windows Sound Recorder does not allow more than a minute of recording. Nor it has the ability to get audio from line-in, or mixer.
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Audacity would be good for recording the songs from cassette to MP3. The mp3 files can then be written to a CD.

I have used Jet Audio Basic in the past, to record songs from cassettes too, and had good results.

You can give any one of them a try.




If I am correct, Windows Sound Recorder does not allow more than a minute of recording. Nor it has the ability to get audio from line-in, or mixer.
The one on Win7 records beyond a minute(resources allowing)but having just tested it the quality isn't great. Re recording from line in, this doesn't matter 'cause you configure your sound device to record from internal mike or "what you hear".
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Re recording from line in, this doesn't matter 'cause you configure your sound device to record from internal mike or "what you hear".
But, if you want to record sound from a cassette player, it will require line-in. Otherwise, how will you record the sound?
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But, if you want to record sound from a cassette player, it will require line-in. Otherwise, how will you record the sound?
Plug the headphones-out on your tape deck into the mic in on your laptop or desk top, hit record and set the cassette going. Get your sound level sorted, lose the test recording and start again. This will record your cassette, quality dependent on the quality of your tape deck. I have a studio quality 3 head deck so the quality of the recording i just made with win7 sound recorder is not too bad. However, if you want to edit the recording down into individual tracks, you will need an appropriate app so i wouldn't do it this way. I'd use Kristal Audio or some such for maximum control over both recording and editing. I also have extra hardware for this kind of thing, so wouldn't use the mic in myself, but it works.

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Thanks Garth. I haven't done this in quite a while. It was years ago, when I had recorded mp3 from a cassette. That time I had plugged the headphone output from the tape into the line-in of the computer, and it had worked well. I am not very multimedia savvy, so had not done much editing or other stuff. Just recorded the songs.
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Maybe surprisingly, Win7 sound recorder and media player are actually a pretty good combination for simple recording and playback.Surprised me anyway. The corresponding apps in XP were nowhere near as good quality wise but XP sound editor did have the facility to boost the volume of an audio track....i liked that and it's a pity the new one doesn't have it.
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using windows XP downloaded Audacity but box for input is grayed out cannot select line input can not record music from casstte have proper cable music comes from speakers need help
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using windows XP downloaded Audacity but box for input is grayed out cannot select line input can not record music from casstte have proper cable music comes from speakers need help
The most likely cause for this I think, is that Audacity can't find a working audio input.

In which case you need to check your audio settings, via Control Panel or SysTray icon, to make sure that your Line In is working and activated.
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