Originally Posted by c-moon
I have lots of cassettes and albums that I want to convert to a digital format. The problem is that my computer only has a 1/8 inch line in plug that yields an awful hum and whine in any recording. What are my options? I would prefer something external, if I can get it, but if that can't be done, I might be willing to open the case and install something.
I built a desktop centered around an MSI RX480 Neo2-F (budget ATX mainboard), and I have used the onboard sound to digitize dozens of analog recordings (cassette, LP and 45-RPM) with excellent results.
I don't get any trouble with noise because I use a shielded Monster miniplug-to-twin-RCA adapter to connect the line in on the PC to the VCR 2 output on the receiver. Note that if you want to digitize turntable signals, either your receiver must have a built-in pre-amp (like mine does) or you will have to use a standalone unit (several hundred dollars).
When digitizing, I first use Nero Play Audio to generate raw PCM files (WAV format), and afterwards use Nero Wave Editor to clean them up (remove crackle and pops) and then split them up into individual tracks suitable for CD burning. Finally, to convert the PCM files to MP3, I use Music Match Jukebox; it allows for such niceties as renaming the files and properly populating the internal track info.
It can be a lot of effort, but it's the only way to get digital versions of many old recordings (like the soundtracks for Sixties B-films like Wild in the Streets and Albert Peckingpaw's Revenge).