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Converting tapes to digital

I'm helping a coworker convert his collection of tapes to digital. I'm assuming that I should be able to connect a tape player to the line in on his computer's motherboard, use a program to encode it to wav or mp3...right?
What I'd like to know is (besides whether or not you can do it that way)

1- will the regular integrated sound on a motherboard do a decent job of encoding?
2- what type of cable should I use to connect the two devices? Something to plug into the tape player's headphone jack and then the input?
3- whats the best program for encoding... is there a free program that is close or better than the best retail program?

Thanks for your time on any responses.

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Here are my thoughts.

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1. That's impossible to say. You will have to try it and see.

2. Most computers today use a 1/8 inch miniplug adaptor. Every one I've ever seem is stereo. It's probably miniplug (earphone) to miniplug (line in).

3. I don't know about free programs. Someone else may have that answer. You do want one that will write to disk during the capture process. Windows has a capture program, but it keeps the data in memory until the capture is complete.

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(NT) (NT) Any program suggestions?

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I use "audio cleaningLab" by Magix. Very good; about $40.

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encoding tapes to digital

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Well...You could connect your music system to the computers' line in with the help of a simple audio jack. My computer has Soundmax as it's sound card. Use a freeware programme like Audacity which will help you capture the sound(of your music system) to your computer. THere you go. you just recorded or rather "captured the sound"!! Of course, there are a lot of factors to watch out for. The sound levels have to be monitored otherwise you will get clipping or harsh distorted sounds.

Even if you keep the volume at minimal levels, you could enhance the sound later. Bear in mind, that this is not a simple process. It will take some time of practice. And remember...if you're concerned about your musical colleciton, always encode in a lossless format(ex: wav) and then enhance or improve the sound. Once you're done, then you can convert to mp3. Good luck!

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tape to CD

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I have tried a few things. I compared a song from an LP that ran through the standard RIAA equilizer to the same song recorded on cassette. I digitized the tape and noticed that I needed about 3 or 4 db boost starting gradually at about 11 khz. I found hiss at about 16 khz so I cut it way down.

Can't say too much about cassettes. I can get a decent digital image but feel much better with vinyl. the advantage is obvious since the manufacturers use a common standard.

In general you have to boost the upper end starting at about 9 khz and then cut it down at 16 khz or you get tape hiss. the lower end usually has to be reduced about 2 db or so.

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