Transfering tapes to MP3 on a budget. who's done it?

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Found 9th Mar 2010
Hey, I am looking to transfer my old audio books to mp3 so i can listen to them on my ipod. has anyone done this? I would like to be able to name the tracks too if possible so i can keep them rather than have track 1,2,3 etc as i have too many of them already.

I am hoping to do it as cheap as possible and hope i can do it with a couple of wires and an old walkman.

has anyone done this and can they suggest any software,hardware and leads that will make my job easier and cheaper than the stupid quote i was given by a company to do it?

thanks.

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All you need is a lead from your "tape deck" in to your computer. Will depend what you use to play the tapes, on what lead you need, but should be simple enough.

There is probably software that allows you to sort all the names for you, but I just use Cool Edit Pro, or Total Recorder, and name them myself...

An easier and quicker way might be just downloading them. I think if you own the originals it is "legal" to download them. If not... :whistling:

rehydrated;8057822

An easier and quicker way might be just downloading them. I think if you … An easier and quicker way might be just downloading them. I think if you own the originals it is "legal" to download them. If not... :whistling:



Very Grey dodgy area, chances are if you are downloading them (especially) through a torrent you are also sharing (uploading) thats the mega illegal bit.

3.5mm jack lead out from tape player to PC Line in. (not headphone socket) you will need an program to clean up the audio hiss and split the tracks down, but there are plenty of them about I use Roxio media Creator but that aint free so can't think of the best freebie one at the moment.

Vinyl Studio used to be quite good, if you can get a copy of that

rehydrated;8057810

but I just use Cool Edit Pro,



Adobe Audition is a better version of that :thumbsup:

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rehydrated;8057810

All you need is a lead from your "tape deck" in to your computer. Will … All you need is a lead from your "tape deck" in to your computer. Will depend what you use to play the tapes, on what lead you need, but should be simple enough.There is probably software that allows you to sort all the names for you, but I just use Cool Edit Pro, or Total Recorder, and name them myself...


I have nothing at the moment. naming myself is not a problem i can handle that. I will have a look for that software.
rehydrated;8057822

An easier and quicker way might be just downloading them. I think if you … An easier and quicker way might be just downloading them. I think if you own the originals it is "legal" to download them. If not... :whistling:


I cant find the books i have anywhere in anythign other than tape form, i would hae brought them again in CD or MP3 if they were re-produced however i dont think these have been.

Celticsun;8057851

Very Grey dodgy area, chances are if you are downloading them … Very Grey dodgy area, chances are if you are downloading them (especially) through a torrent you are also sharing (uploading) thats the mega illegal bit.3.5mm jack lead out from tape player to PC Line in. (not headphone socket) you will need an program to clean up the audio hiss and split the tracks down, but there are plenty of them about I use Roxio media Creator but that aint free so can't think of the best freebie one at the moment.Vinyl Studio used to be quite good, if you can get a copy of that


I dont use torrents anyway mate, never have been able to get my head round it all plus i dont like the idea of uploading to others.

king261;8057858

Adobe Audition is a better version of that :thumbsup:


Will check it out.

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Audacity is free software to record from your line in to mp3

audacity.sourceforge.net/

buy a cheap walkman and headphone to headphone socket then just use ur pc to record the line in. how quick do you need to do this? you may be able to borrow my walkman if you pay postage.....out of interest how much was the quote for and how much work?

jubbyme;8058302

Audacity is free software to record from your line in to … Audacity is free software to record from your line in to mp3http://audacity.sourceforge.net/




Yep - I'd go with Audacity. Shows the recording as a waveform, so very easy to see where one track ends and another begins - a bit of cutting, pasting and saving, and you're game on.

You definitely can't illegally download tracks just because you own them elsewhere. In fact, even backing up your own copies is against the law (remarkably) although the government are seeking to change this to reflect how much it happens as a result of digital music players becoming so commonplace...
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