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How to Record From Vinyl & Cassette to a CD

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Recording from vinyl and cassette to CD isn't difficult, but it does take patience and general knowledge of recording software and home audio equipment. You'll be routing your cassette or vinyl player to a computer, which will record the selected aud

How to Record From Vinyl & Cassette to a CD

Recording from vinyl and cassette to CD isn't difficult, but it does take patience and general knowledge of recording software and home audio equipment. You'll be routing your cassette or vinyl player to a computer, which will record the selected audio content into a free program called Audacity. Once the content is transferred, it will be moved to Apple's iTunes, where it can be burnt to CD. This process can be performed with many other programs other than Audacity and iTunes; this is simply the easiest and cheapest method.

Skill level:Moderately Challenging

Things you need

Macintosh or Windows-based computerAudacity recording programRCA-to-1/8" stereo cableApple iTunes music programCassette deck or record playerStereo receiver (optional)Cassette or vinyl recordBlank CD

Instructions

Set-up

1 Attach the red plug of your RCA-to-1/8" cable to the red output of your cassette deck, and the black plug to the black output of your cassette deck. Connect the 1/8" side of the cable to the input jack on your computer's soundcard. If you're transferring music from a record player, it's important to note that some record players won't accept standard RCA plugs. If this is the case for your player, the RCA plugs can be affixed to the "rec out" jacks of a stereo receiver that your record player is connected to.

2 Turn your computer on and open Audacity. Once the program is running, open Audacity's preferences dialogue box and select "devices" from the sidebar menu. Set the recording device to "built-in input" and make sure the channels box below it says "2 (stereo)." In the main Audacity screen, locate the small microphone icon in the top right-hand corner. Make sure the icon's corresponding slider is set to "0."

3 To begin recording, press the "record" button in the top left-hand corner of the main Audacity screen. Now press "play" on your cassette deck or record player. Sound waves should start moving across the main screen. Stop the recording, then press "play" in Audacity to listen for unwanted distortion. If there is any present, lower the volume on your cassette deck or record player. Now that you've got your system set-up and the volume levels correct, you're ready to transfer all of your audio content to the computer. After each song or audio sample is recorded, you'll need to press "stop" in Audacity unless all of your selected content is intended for a single track.

4 To move your new audio files out of Audacity, highlight a single track using the cursor. Open the file menu and click "export selection." A dialogue box will open, prompting you for the save location and the format. Save the files to your desktop in the format "WAV signed 16 bit PCM." Ignore the following dialogue box asking for metadata; the information won't transfer to iTunes later. Repeat this process for each track you wish to transfer to CD.

5 Open Apple iTunes. Locate the audio files on your desktop and highlight them. Use your computer's mouse to drag the files into your iTunes library. Each track will be imported to the bottom of your library with only its saved title. Once you've located each track, make a new playlist and drag the tracks into it. Insert the blank CD into your computer's CD drive. Now open your new playlist in iTunes and click the "Burn Disc" button at the bottom of the screen. When the burning process is complete, check the disc by playing it on your computer or a stereo CD player.

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