| From Doloresdoktor@...
| Sun, 10 Sep 2006 18:41:58 EDT
| Subject: [Audacity-help] Cassette tapes to CD's
| I printed your manual several months ago and found the reference
| to cassette tapes to CD. I followed the instructions but it
| didn't seem to work. I attached my stereo from the earphone
| "out" plug to my computer's "in" plug. I started "play" on my
| stereo while clicking "play" on the "Audacity" screen. I could
| hear it play through the speaker but when it finished, nothing
| played back.
I have pasted instructions below which you can follow. It depends what
"in" port on the computer you are connecting your cable into: you need
to connect to line-in on the computer. Also you need to press "record"
(the red button in Audacity) to start recording.
If you have any further questions after going through the instructions
please tell us what operating system you are on (e.g. Windows XP,
OS X 10.4) and what version of Audacity you are using (see Help >
About in the program).
Here are the steps for transferring cassettes to CD using Audacity.
1 The cassette player has to be connected from an "out" port
on the player (usually the headphones port) to the line-in port of
the computer (normally coloured blue, but check your computer
2 Click Edit > Preferences > Audio I/O tab and set both the playback
and recording devices explicitly to your inbuilt sound or the sound
device you want to use. Do not select "Microsoft SoundMapper" on
3 Select line-in as the recording source on Audacity's mixer
toolbar dropdown input selector
NOTE 1: Some MACs or notebook/laptop computers do not have a line-in
port. In that case check if your microphone port can be toggled to line-in
with a switch, or by changing the recording source in the software.
Sometimes this line-level source is called "mix" or "stereo mix", in which
case you could select this source in the system sound preferences
(or on Windows and Linux you can also do so in Audacity's dropdown
input selector as above). If you see a line-in option available, always
choose that as your recording source. If you have neither a line-in port
nor any way to switch the microphone port to line-in, you need to add
a line-in by adding a USB soundcard, or other audio input/output device
that connects to the computer via USB, like a Griffin iMic
NOTE 2: If you are on OS X, the mixer toolbar will be greyed out on
"default source". This is normal, but you need to go to Apple Sound
and Midi Controller and set line-in to be the "default source"
4 If you want to record in stereo, change the recording channels on
the same Audio I/O tab to "2 (stereo)".
5 Next, set the volume level of your recording input. Right-click on
the downward pointing arrow in the right hand (red) recording
and click "monitor input". While playing a loud part of your cassette,
adjust the recording level slider on the mixer toolbar so the
recording meters are almost reaching the far right hand side (but not
far enough to bring the red hold lights on). If the recording level
meters are not visible, click Edit > Preferences > Interface > Enable
6 Decide if you want to "monitor" your recording, that is, hear it
played back as you make it. If you do, and you are on Windows or
Linux, open the system sound mixer e.g. Sounds and Audio devices
in the Windows control panel, and unmute line-in as a playback device,
and turn the volume up. If you are on OS X, simply go back to the
Audacity Audio I/O tab and enable "hardware playthrough". If this
does not work, or if the playback and recording devices on Audio I/O
tab are different, choose "software playthrough" on the same Audio
I/O tab, which works on all operating systems.
7 Create a new Project by clicking File > Save Project As. Start your
recording by pressing the red record button. You can pause and
restart the recording between tracks or sides with the blue pause
button, which keeps your recording on one track within Audacity.
If you want to start new tracks or sides of the cassette on a new
track in Audacity, press the yellow stop button, then the red record
button to restart recording on a new track.
8 When you have finished recording, press the yellow stop button and
save your recording into the Project you started (File > Save Project).
Now the data is safe, you can edit it in Audacity if you want to
(e.g. cut pieces out), or come back to it later by re-opening the saved
Project file (File > Open). See here for explanations of basic editing
9 When you are happy with the recording, you need to export it as an
audio file (File > Export) that you can play on your computer such as
.WAV or AIFF. If you export the recording as a .WAV or .AIFF file, you
can also burn that file to an audio CD. See:
10 If the cassette you have recorded into Audacity contains multiple
tracks or songs which you'd like to export as individual audio files
(note you must export individual audio files if you want to burn
individual CD tracks for each song), you can use File > "Add
Label at Selection" to place labels in a new Label Track at the
points where you want to divide your recording. If you then use
the File > Export Multiple command, this will export multiple files
with different file names based on those split points - see:
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