Skip to comments.Recommendation, please, for audio capture software
Posted on 11/10/2004 9:48:42 AM PST by pabianice
I have some casette tapes I want to burn to CD. The casette recorder headset output plugs into my PC's stereo audio-in jack and it sounds fine on the PC's speakers.
Recommendation, please, for EASY TO USE software that will capture the music on the casette to hard drive so I can burn it to a CD.
Try Real Audio
I converted several hundred LPs into mp3 files using:
once you have mp3s, you can make a music cd of them, using windows media player 10.
You can download it free and try it out. It's easy to use and has some bells and whistles that can correct problem recordings to some extent and it allows you to save the finished files in a wide variety of formats (mp3, wmv, etc.).
I use Blaze Audio's "RipEditBurn" software. I have converted many of my LP's to CD format. Blaze also has a software for splitting long files into separate tracks (so you can copy a whole side then split it) and another for removing the inevitable "pops" and "crackles" from the LP recordings.
Try nero. I use it to take church sermon tapes and burn them to cd. It has some great features that can clean up and edit audio as well.
EASY? Try MusicMatch.. it's the simplest Mp3 recording software that I'm aware of.. and it ALSO has CD burning software included !
MusicMatch can rip your vinyl records in either Mp3, OR Wav format; it can also burn the cd's in either regular AUDIO format (the cd can be played back on ANY cd player) OR burn the content in Mp3 format (which then can only be played back on your computer, OR an Mp3 player, like an Ipod.)
IF you burn your content in Mp3 format; ONE ordinary cd can hold up to 15 albums!
Go to www.musicmatch.com ; but DO NOT download the FULL version that you have to pay for..rather, download the FREE BASIC version- you'll find it there -just look for the small print.) The free version will work just fine for what you want to accomplish.
A little program called Freecorder does a pretty good job capturing audio and saving direct to MP3
Thanks all for the leads.
Yipes !~ Sorry, I was wrong - a cd recorded in Mp3 format CANNOT be played back on an Ipod (dunno what I was thinking!) - BUT, an Mp3 format cd CAN be played back on the many of the newer (made in Asia) DVD players that are now available.
I've tried that. Sound recorder has a 60 second limit. I have some home recording software called power tracks that I use. For free I've used goldwave.
If your CD burner came with Nero, then its a good choice.
Other than my 15 yr old tape deck and the software being mentioned here, what do I need to get the music from the tape, into my computer?
You'll need the software; of course, but you'll also need (depending on your tape player) a patch cord with stereo RCA jacks on one end, and a stereo Mini-Jack on the other end. (Radio Shack has 'em.)
IF your tape player doesn't have RCA outputs; maybe it only has a headphone jack..then get a patch cord with a stereo mini-jack on BOTH ends.. plug one end into the headphone jack, and the other end of the patch cord into the LINE IN input on the sound card at the back of the computer.
Double click the speaker icon in your system tray in the lower right hand corner of your monitor. Look to see that the Audio Control is NOT MUTED for the LINE IN. Adjust the volume of the sound in the volume control on the computer, as well as on your tape player; test to see if it's too loud.
You might begin at very low volume, then move to a louder volume to suit your tastes.. BUT; make sure that the volume is NOT too loud.. because you do NOT want to blow your sound card out in the computer. (speaking from experience here)
Set the software to record from LINE IN.. then, after the content of the tape is recorded.. you can use either Cool Edit, OR Audacity to digitally wipe out the HISS that's inherent on every audio tape, from your Mp3 file.
Lemme know if you have any other questions; glad to help. ;>)
Hi and thanks for your great advice. Let's make sure I got this right - basically, I want to take the L and R (red and yellow) connects from the LINE OUT at the back of my tape deck and plug it into some kind of adapter that will then connect to my computer where I currently plug the microphone, right? If so, what is the adapter for the two plugs from the LINE OUT on my tape deck called?
Be very careful of any audio outputs called line out as the line out is special with a 70 volt RMS audio signal.
Use only a head phone output.
So I shouldn't use the LINE OUT (R/L) on my tape deck?
I use a large fishing net.
I don't listen to much music.
Thanks for that! Sure would have hated to blow something out!
You are welcome.
If you can find the specs of your tape deck or its brand and model #, I will figure it out and send you a parts list and drawing so any one who can solder will be able to make the pad.
Thanks to all for the cool information!
Sound Forge is the best. Buying the latest retail version is expensive, but they released some Limited Editions free with Creative sound cards, and I believe they also sell a limited edition.
I assume you don't want to spend a lot of money, but if you happen across an older version at the right price, grab it.
I defintely have the manual even though it is 20 yrs old. These pads are commercially available by any chance are they?
Ping for later read....
And extremely reasonably priced, even the pro version.
Thank you for the great link, Wish I had gone there before posting my question about camcorder motor hum. This one seems to do the job.
I doubt it.
I take it that it is a high quality reel to reel tape recorder.
It's your basic cassette tape deck.
I'm very sorry to be so late in responding to your question. Yes; there is a way to get rid of the "hum" in the background. Cool Edit has the ability to "wipe out" any HISS or background hum - but this software is really expensive- Audacity does pretty much the same thing; but it's FREE; at least, the last time I looked- it was free. You can find it listed in the TOOLS section at www.videohelp.com
I think there's a "How To Use Audacity"
giude there as well.
That "hum" is called a "GROUND LOOP HUM"; this drives me crazy whenever that hum happens; but Cool Edit takes care of the hum fairly well.
I'm very sorry to be so late in answering your question.
I was NOT referring to the MICROPHONE input on the sound card. Please do NOT use the microphone input jack on the sound card.
I WAS referring to the LINE IN input on the sound card.
LOOK at the sound card in your computer.. MOST of the newer sound cards are COLOR CODED. The LINE IN input on my sound card is LIGHT BLUE.
If you've patched your tape deck to an amplifier; then all you need to do is plug the RCA plugs into the OUTPUT jacks at the back of the amplifier (NOTE: IMPORTANT! I am NOT referring to the SPEAKER output jacks.(we do NOT want blow your sound card!)
Rather; I am referring to a secondary set of OUTPUT jacks that are SPECIFICALLY designed to RECORD content FROM the Amplifier! Most GOOD amplifiers WILL have these SPECIFIC OUTPUT jacks at the back of the amplifier. IF you can't determine which is the proper output jacks to use; please refer to the Amplifier Manual.)
IF you are simply running the patch cord from the Tape Deck to the sound card...it's best to use the HEADPHONE jack as the OUTPUT from the Tape Deck.
Again; experiment first to get the proper sound level; turn the volume completely DOWN on the tape deck, or amplifier; then gradually bring the volume up to the point where the sound isn't distorted.. Record a minute to TEST the sound level. After all- again- we do NOT want to blow out the sound card.
Sorry again to be so late in answering your question. Freepmail me if you have any other questions :>)