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Old 06-27-02, 07:26 PM
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Need help-audio cassette transfer to computer

Hi. I have a bunch of great prank calls and weird songs on audio cassette. I don't see those 10 years old+ tapes lasting and want to transfer them to my computer and burn them to cd. I don't know where to begin. Please help. Thanks.
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Old 06-27-02, 07:36 PM
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The best way is to use a program that does recording and editing.

I use Cool Edit Pro and it is one of the best. Basically you are going to hook up your tape deck to the line in on your computers sound card. You run the program and record as a wav file to your hard drive. The nice thing about a program like Cool Edit is it has filters to reduce noise and to enhance the audio. You can also cut stuff up into smaller files.
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Old 06-27-02, 07:43 PM
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How do I hook up my cassette player to my computer? What kind of cord do I use?
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Old 06-27-02, 08:20 PM
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Depends on your sound card. You should have a line in or mic in on your sound card that uses a 1/8th inch jack. You can get a stereo RCA to 1/8th inch plug from radio shack. You connect the stereo RCA plugs to your deck and the 1/8th inch plug into your sound card.
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I do have a line in and a mic on my sound card. I was just going to use my walkman because it's the only cassette player I have left. My sterio only has cd. What would I use to connect them (part# or link if you can) and how would I play my walkman through my computer?
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Old 06-27-02, 10:04 PM
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Cable http://www.radioshack.com/product.as...5Fid=42%2D2497

Use the line in on the soundcard.

Use your recording program...and just play the tape on your walkman.
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Old 06-28-02, 11:54 PM
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Well, I got the Cool Edit Pro and the 1/8th inch plug but I don't know about any recording device. I am able to play the audio cassette tape on my computer but I don't know how to record it. The only thing on Windows XP I can find to record only records for 60 seconds. What do I do next?

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Old 06-29-02, 03:01 AM
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Originally posted by glitch
Well, I got the Cool Edit Pro and the 1/8th inch plug but I don't know about any recording device. I am able to play the audio cassette tape on my computer but I don't know how to record it. The only thing on Windows XP I can find to record only records for 60 seconds. What do I do next?
Cool Edit Pro IS the program you use to record.

Run Cool Edit.
Press play on your walkman.
Press record in Cool Edit.
When finished recording hit stop in Cool Edit.
Press stop on walkman.
There should be a waveform in the Cool Edit window.
Save it to your hard drive as you would a word processor document.
Cool Edit is like a word processor for audio.
Read the manual and the help files for more in depth information.
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Old 07-01-02, 09:13 AM
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i've used GoldenWave (i think that was the name of the program, it's been a couple of years) to do this before, and it was fairly simple. I just read some of the instructions online, and I was good to go.
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