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Converting Cassettes To Cds


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#1 Frustrated Deb

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 10:27 AM

I have a lot of cassettes that I would like to burn onto cds. I found a program on freeware, called audacity to do the conversion from analog to digital. This may be really dumb, but how do I connect a cassette player to my computer in order to do this? What kind of cable do I need? I am really ignorant of this process and would appreciate any help, I mean way down to the basics, like the cable required for hook up! thanks!

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#2 hillbillygreek

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 03:54 PM

Hi Deb.
The cable you are looking for is an rca to stereo 1/8th inch. It looks like the one here: http://www.cablewholesale.com/specs/30s1-01160.htm .You can get it at most places that sell electronics. The length varies as well. Make sure that it is stereo on the 1/8th inch end: there will be 2 black rings at the tip of the cable, not one. That is a mono cable & will not do you any good.

You will then proceed to connect the cable to the Line-In jack on the back of the computer. As i was typing this I found some visuals to give you an idea of this; it invloves using WMP, but youll get the idea.

See here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsme...StepByStep.aspx

By default Audacity is set to record to mono. You will need to change this: open Audacity & choose Edit > Preferances. Under the Audio I/O tab, where it says Recording, click the down-arrow to the right & choose 2 (Stereo) from the drop-down list. Also, in the main area of Audacity, near the top click the down-arrow & choose Line-In .

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Now, to export the files to MP3, you will need the LAME MP3 encoder. Here is where you can find insrtuctions on how to download & install this plug-in. On the Lame download page, just choose any of them. Theyr'e the same. See here:

Lame MP3 Encoder

Hope this helps.

Edited by hillbillygreek, 29 November 2006 - 04:08 PM.





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