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transfering cassette tapes.

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#1 bobbies


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:47 AM

Is there a free software program that i can transfer some of my cassette tapes onto my laptop please. I have Windows 7.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:56 AM

I have not used Audacity to record cassettes but see this link. Audacity is freeware.

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 09:59 AM

Use audacity it will do the trick. There are a ton of how to's on the interweb.  :bananas:

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 10:41 AM


Some thoughts on this. Be careful with the audio levels if You plan to use the Microphone jack. To use it You may need to buy a attenuator to prevent overloading it and distorting the audio.


I use Audacity to record audio from LPs. So it can handle it. It even handles speed shifting, IE playing a 78RPM on a 45RPM or 33RPM turntable and then correcting the audio to sound right.


BTW depending on how many Audio Cassettes You have to do it might pay to buy a USB Cassette Deck. Do Your conversions and then sell it to recapture the money. I use a USB turntable that also has Audio in jacks to convert non record audio to the USB.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 02:26 PM

You are best off repurchasing these, if possible, in a digital format.  The main reasons to do this are: you can only copy the cassettes as fast as you can play them, i.e. one hour of tape takes one hour to copy and sound quality will be lower than digital.  You will run into other issues if you want to have each song be its own file you will either have to do this as you copy or edit the audio files after.

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