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another way to do it is if you have a tape deck and a cd recorder in like a home theater setup
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post #12 of 21
Thats the BEST way... Buut he likely does not have any sound RECORDING equipment....
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So he could buy this, connect his tape deck to it via the AUX/RCA inputs on the card, go to whatever program I end up using for it, and just click "record" or whatever?
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Originally Posted by zacbrain View Post
I really just need to find the most simple way to connect his tape deck -> computer without:
  • Spending too much
  • Losing a lot of quality
  • Being complicated
  • Being time consuming

I'll probably record the whole cassette as one huge mp3 file with Audacity or something similar, then "chop up" the songs individually within Audacity as well. Seems simple enough to me.
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Originally Posted by The Pook View Post
I really just need to find the most simple way to connect his tape deck -> computer without:
  • Spending too much
  • Losing a lot of quality
  • Being complicated
  • Being time consuming

I'll probably record the whole cassette as one huge mp3 file with Audacity or something similar, then "chop up" the songs individually within Audacity as well. Seems simple enough to me.
That would be how I would go about it. Of all these fancy programs that offer "tape conversion", I've yet to see a one of them get half-decent reviews. Audacity will allow you to take off some noise, too, but I'd still invest in a tape head cleaner for whatever cassette deck you'll be using, just to make sure you're cutting down on noise floor. The deck does have some kind of Dolby NR, right?
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I'd at least get a good tape deck.

You're source is the main quality degrader / being 25 yo magnetic tapes.
So a nice high quality tape deck is best for reading out your tapes.

Like a second hand store at my place has denon tapedecks for as little as 25,-

(but i dont know your budget ).

Other than that if you don't have an x-fi or other hgh perfomance sound card, your best off taping in the sampling rate your sound card operates at.

(most cards are 48.000Hz and 16bit)

To record you can either use something easy as magix music cleaner.
Or something advanced like sony sound forge.

The easy one is'nt good for sound quality.
And the hard ones well kinda hard .

And i can keep on rattling like this but i think it's enough info for a while
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The easiest way i can think of a way to do this for you is:

1) get a good tape player and get stereo cable
2) connect the tape player out to LINE in on your computer
3) download and install audacity
4) start recording then play, let it do it until the tape finishes.
5) when its finished go back and clean it up and cut tracks
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http://www.thinkgeek.com/electronics/audio/85fb/

here you go, this seems to be a very easy way without having to deal with expensive sounds cards and stuff
    
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2) connect the tape player out to mic in on your computer
Just to set it straight don't use mic in...
Instead use line in .

I know what everyone means but someone who does'nt can get very confused
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