Monday, May 18, 2015

Converting Audio From a Cassette to MP3 - Tutorial.

Converting Audio From a Cassette to MP3 - Tutorial.

Back in the 80s, the preferred form for playback and recording Music was the Cassette Audio Tape, a magnetic tape that reproduces analog audio. Nowadays, it is a whole different ball game. Many of us, uses the MP3 Audio compressed digital audio format which ensures a decent sound quality, while occupaing the minimum storage data of your favourite sound player.

My name is Nicola Scanni.
With a degree in Multimedia and a passion for Technology,
I have a tendency to pass along my knowledge in a very simple way.

In this step-by-step tutorial for retro music lovers, I will teach you first, which kind of components you need to gather
in order to convert the audio from your cassette to MP3 and, then the best way I know to create the digital audio you need.

Ready ? Let's go!

You need three Componenets: A Cassette Player - An RCA Cable - A Computer.

First you need a Cassette Player that can playback your type of audio tape. No matter which kind it is, it needs to have an audio Exit. The speakers by Example are an audio exit however, if you decide to record with a microphone from your speakers, You will also record the background noise of your room and the sound quality will be compromised therefore, I strongly advice you against it. The plug you use for your headphone is a decent audio exit and can be used for the purpose of this tutorial with the appropriate cable. However, is best if your cassette player has an RCA audio exit just like the one you see in this video.

In order to grab the audio from the cassette player I am using an RCA shielded cable using at the other end a Phone Connector Adaptor,
in order to connect it to my computer. The shield prevents any kind of electromagnetic interference providing the best sound quality. In any case, use the type of cable you want however, if you hear a buzz in the recording, now you know why.

Now insert the cable into the microphone plug of your computer.
Then go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, Sound Recorder.
Play the tape and hit the Start Recording button.
At the end click on Stop and Save your file.
Now you can listen to your tape in digital WMA format.
If you need the MP3 format download any of the free Audio Converters and make it happen.

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Thank You for Listening and Enjoy your new Digital Audio Sound.


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