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charlese8477
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Need help cassette to CD conversion

Hi

I am new to this forum. I have a few casettes that I'd like to put onto CD's. WHat is the easiest way to do this and more importantly is there anyone out there who would do this for me for a fee? I am almost 60 and my stereo skills are from 25 years ago so I would prefer to not have to learn how to burn a CD at this time.

Thanks so much,
Charlie

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Re: Need help cassette to CD conversion

Hi Charlie,

You will need a PC with and audio input connector (which most have these days). You will also need an adapter to connect the audio output connectors on your tape player (most likely RCA/phono connectors) to the PC.

It is then a matter of recording the tapes in real time (i.e., a 90 minute tape takes 90 minutes to record), saving the file in WAV, splitting the file into individual songs and then burning the files to CD. The tools you will need can include Audacity (a free recording tool), CDWav (an excellent WAV file splitter) and CDBurner XP (a free CD burner).

It is really not very hard to create CDs from tapes or vinyl!

Roberta Z


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Hi

I am new to this forum. I have a few casettes that I'd like to put onto CD's. WHat is the easiest way to do this and more importantly is there anyone out there who would do this for me for a fee? I am almost 60 and my stereo skills are from 25 years ago so I would prefer to not have to learn how to burn a CD at this time.

Thanks so much,
Charlie

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Re: Need help cassette to CD conversion

Welcome to the forum, Charlie. In answer to one of your questions, yes, there are people almost everywhere, I think, who will do transfers from vinyl or tape to CD for a fee. My guess is that the fee would be excessive given the other options. If the tapes in question were commercially produced it is likely that the same material might have been released on CD which can be purchased for less than the transfer fee. If you're interested in transferring material which wasn't recorded commercially in the first place, the task is pretty straightforward - no more difficult, really, than posting to this forum. I'm a bit older than you, Charlie, and with the help of a modest little Mac, I've done a bit of what you want to do without difficulty.

Some specific pieces of software/hardware have already been recommended to you. There are lots more, and, depending on which PC you're using, you may already have some of what you need. Tell us about your computer and I suspect one or more of the regulars here can address your questions more fruitfully.

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Re: Need help cassette to CD conversion

I had the same problem a while ago and even being computer literate, and buying a book, it all left me a bit bemused, so I went and bought a real time Sony CD new audio machine (RCD W100) which cost me around

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