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Connecting tape player to IBM t-60 for recording

I would like to connect my cassette deck to my IBM for recording using Audacity program. Can I use the microphone jack to do so? Or is there a microphone port that can be toggled to "line in"?

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Mic port is fine .. adjust your levels with the microsoft volume control

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How do i record cassettes


If you mean on to a computer you just have to get the deck connected by a lead into your computer. Then you need some audio recording software, such as the free Audacity and play back the tape and the software will record it.

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The short answer is yes. There is a program out there that will record cassette tapes or vinyl records to CD. Today, I will show you how. If you have the right software and the right cords, getting your cassettes and Vinyl onto your computer, then onto CDs, is a pretty easy task. Just follow the steps below and you will be on your way to bringing your audio into the 21st century! What you need: To make the conversion, you will need a (free) audio recording program, a tape or record player and a cord to connect the device to your computer. Here's a breakdown:
1. Audacity. This is the program that will record your audio to your computer.
2. LAME-encoder. This is a file that will convert your audio to MP3.
3. A record player or cassette player. Hopefully you already have one of these.
4. A cord to connect the player to your computer.


The first step is to install Audacity and LAME,
Now that we have the software installed, we can look at connecting your tape player, or record player, to your computer.
Your player will have one of two types of outputs. You will either have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, or RCA audio output jacks.
If your device has RCA outputs (left image)to connect to your computer.
If your device has a 3.5mm jack (right image) to connect to your computer.
The other end of the cable will connect to the line in jack on your computer

Now that we have the software installed and the cassette/record player connected to the computer, let's record something!
Put a cassette or LP into your player. Get the player to the place where you want to start recording and pause or stop the player.
Now, let's stop messing with all this hardware and get the computer set up. First, go to your control panel and open your audio settings.
In XP, go to the audio tab and click "volume" under sound recording. Place a check next to "line in". If you don't see a "line in" option go to options and click advanced. Place a check next to "line in" there.
In Vista/7 go to the recording tab. find your line in, select it then choose "set default". Click on "properties", go to the levels tab and turn up the level to 80 or 100. (This varies depending on what you are recording so you may need to adjust this to get it right).
As you can see, Audacity is pretty much a more advanced sound recorder. To begin recording, press the play button on your record/cassette player then click the red "record" circle on audacity. You are now recording to your computer! When you are done, click stop on audacity and press stop on your player.
After recording, you can now export your audio as an MP3. Go to the file menu and click "Export as MP3". You can now choose the name of the file and save to wherever you want. You are done recording!

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You need a program to interface between the tape deck and your computer. Try Audacity. It's free.

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On the other hand, if what you're asking is how to transfer cassette tapes to CD using a computer, there are a couple of ways. One is to connect a cassette player (boom box, component system cassette deck, etc.) to the line-in jack of your computer's sound card. Download and install Audacity, which is free software for recording and editing sound. Then you can record the sound from your cassettes as you play them into the computer.

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Hello Trevor,

Easiest way I can think of is as follows:
1. Connect the "phones" of your cassette player to the "Line in" of your PC. Line In is coloured blue, you will need a a 3.5" to 3.5" male audio cable.
2. Next, install some sound capturing program on your computer. I can recommend Audacity: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
3. Start the cassette player, check the volume levels, do some short test records. Once you are satisfied with the result, rewind and record side A of the cassette, then side B. Using again Audacity, you can cut the desired parts of the record and save them in the format and quality you like, I guess *.mp3.
4. Burn the files to a CD. You can use CD Burner XP Pro: http://cdburnerxp.se/

I hope that I have been very helpful. :) 

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How to record from Casset tape to CD disk? Thank you !


You can do this with your PC. Download a program called Audacity. It's free. With it, you can record audio from your Line IN connector. You'll need to connect your cassette player to the Line in on your PC. Start Audacity, set it to record and play your tape.

If you want to save the files as a .mp3, you'll also need to download the LAME mp3 encoder. In any case, when you have the file recorded, export it as a .mp3 or .wav and then use your CD burning program to create the CD.

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Hi Vincent.

Just use the play out connections on the back ot the deck, and connect them straight to the line in socket on the lappy. Use a RCA stereo to 3.5mm stereo jack connection, levels will be fine. Try audacity as a decent freeware recording program. Woks well, and you can use half decent plugins to tweak the audio. :)

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robotek

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