Forums Music Sound Engineering Whats the best way to convert Tape to MP3 ????

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    Mezz
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    Just been looking at a few, they vary in price from £10-£70, £10 gets just software that takes input from the 3.5′ mic socket on your PC so you need a cassette player with a headphones socket to use it, others look like walkman’s but have micro USB ports, software & cable to plug directly into your PCs USB2, but these vary a lot in price and probably in quality too

    Has anyone done this ?

    Does anyone know which method / machine / software is best ?

    Does anyone know of shareware or freeware software that does this well ?

    Thanks

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    know_hope
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    whats tape?

    #1273115
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    pyross.
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    [ATTACH=CONFIG]85353[/ATTACH]

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    know_hope
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    #1273107
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    DaftFader
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    For windows get this program …
    http://audacity.googlecode.com/files/audacity-win-2.0.3.exe

    After it’s been installed download and run this …
    http://lame1.buanzo.com.ar/libmp3lame-win-3.98.2.zip

    Don’t change the default pathways on either as the mp3 encoder (the second link) might not get put in the right place if you do.

    Now you can record from you input to .wav and then export as mp3.

    It’s all legally free to use.

    Enjoy. 😀

    PS. Wire wise you should only need a 3.5mm to phono (assuming the tape has a phono out like the oldskool full side stack system tape decks would). Can get these for less then a fiver, normally a pound or two for a short length of cheap and cheerful (that sounds like a euphemism lmao).

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    MC G-Tek
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    I’ve got the Walkman-looking thing with the micro-usb port on it, works pretty well man. Converted an old Carl Cox hardcore set recently, been enjoying listening to that since!

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    Chrispydelic
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    @daftfader 545587 wrote:

    For windows get this program …
    http://audacity.googlecode.com/files/audacity-win-2.0.3.exe

    After it’s been installed download and run this …
    http://lame1.buanzo.com.ar/libmp3lame-win-3.98.2.zip

    Don’t change the default pathways on either as the mp3 encoder (the second link) might not get put in the right place if you do.

    Now you can record from you input to .wav and then export as mp3.

    It’s all legally free to use.

    Enjoy. 😀

    PS. Wire wise you should only need a 3.5mm to phono (assuming the tape has a phono out like the oldskool full side stack system tape decks would). Can get these for less then a fiver, normally a pound or two for a short length of cheap and cheerful (that sounds like a euphemism lmao).

    You beat me to it.

    This is also how I get all of my samples from movies etc.

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    season.
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    @chrispydelic 545609 wrote:

    You beat me to it.

    This is also how I get all of my samples from movies etc.

    Thats actually a seriously good idea! I was thinking about how i could go about sampling a TV show the other day.

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    Mezz
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    Cheers guys, Audacity was the prominent one of most my searches last night, and now you’ve confirmed it works I will download and give it a go, and I’ll share any golden oldies I convert…………. but not right now, fried today and cant do anything but sit lol

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    Pat McDonald
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    Be aware – some PC sound cards put snap, crackle and pop onto input sound.

    Also, some are limited in that you can have Surround Sound OR an input, but not both at the same time.

    2nd hand sound cards are dirt cheap though. They’re not that pricey new either, although it’s ALWAYS a lot of money if you don’t have the money.

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    leveret
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    cat /dev/rmt0 | lame – tape.mp3 :weee: :alien_abd

    #1273105
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    General Lighting
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    Proper old skool analogue tape deck, heads cleaned, and aligned properly for azimuth feeding a good quality sound card (needn’t be really pricey, even a £20 Behringer USB ASIO card does the job).

    Stick a £5 cheeseweasel special (ground loop transformer) between the tape deck and the soundcard if you get PSU interference from the computer (though this is more likely from digital sources with SMPSU and most analogue tape decks have linear PSUs)

    Remember that tapes came in a variety of forms, Ferric and CRO2 and metal and some have dolby NR and some did not

    Audacity is really good freeware, though there are ways of getting hold of a older version of Adobe Audition free if you put in some research…

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    Anonymous

    fire and a tick tack

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