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How do you transfer from cassette to CD?


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September 12, 2011 10:42PM

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It is entirely possible to take audio content on cassette tape, and transfer that content into audio CD's. A good example is a Sunday church sermon recorded onto cassette. Music CD's are broken into tracks, much like an LP record has songs divided. The best way to transfer audio data is to first copy portions of audio to your computer's hard drive (this is easily done with a wire that has 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack at each end). Plug one end into the headphone port on the tape player, and the other end into the line in port on your computer's sound card. Window's default Sound Recorder is limited to 60 second recordings, but Creative sells higher quality sound cards, and their packaged Sound Recorder will record durations in excess of 10 minutes! The reason for copying audio segments to the computer is so that 1) you can name them and manage/edit them, and 2) you can segment long portions of audio (such as a sermon) into time segments that are easier to navigate to on a CD Player. When the tape is in the player and rewinded to the beginning, you press play ... and record on the sound recording utility on your computer at the same time. A stopwatch is helpful to time 5/10/15 minute segments. Pause the player after the first segment, then rename the audio file in the Recording software to Sermon 1, and the next segment Sermon 2... and so on. Each audio CD will have a limit of approximately 70 minutes of audio, but you can have 3 or 4 CD's to a program if needed. Once you have completed recording the entire program into your computer (there isn't an option for superfast dubbing here), you can use your CD burning software such as Nero or Roxio to create *AUDIO* CD's. Audio CD's will play in a home stereo or newer car stereo CD players.