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July 6th, 2008, 12:55 AM
I have Vinyl...and tapes. I am wondering, through forum member's experiences, which program(s) would be best for ripping these onto my computer, and what format is best to rip into (mp3, ogg, wav, etc, etc) with said software.


Sam Lars
July 6th, 2008, 01:18 AM
I've used Audacity for recording, and it has an extensive list of tools to edit the audio you record; remove noise, etc.
You could also try out sound-recorder, it's very basic.
I suggest mp3 or Ogg to save the files. I personally use Ogg at 112kbps, and I find it quite satisfactory.

July 6th, 2008, 01:22 AM
Thanks. I've used Audacity in XP for other stuff and just never thought about it here ](*,)...I'll check the repos and install it. Thanks again.

January 10th, 2010, 09:36 AM
Is there an app that will break the input from a cassette player down into individual tracks?

Digital Magi
January 10th, 2010, 11:43 AM
mp3splt and the GUI for it (http://mp3splt.sourceforge.net/mp3splt_page/home.php) do a reasonably good job. You may have to fiddle a bit with the "silence detection" settings to get it to break properly between songs/chapters/etc but it does work.

January 10th, 2010, 11:47 AM
Or you could use Audacity to split the capture down into its component tracks. Just grab the portions for each track, paste into a new Audacity screen, and then export that to your preferred file format.

January 10th, 2010, 11:52 AM

This is all great advice, but I'm stuck on how to get the comp to pick up the cassette player output??

Cables? Mics? Magic?

Have never used audacity nor anyother audio software, but I'd like to try once I know how to get the cassette player "hooked up" to the comp. :)

January 10th, 2010, 11:59 AM
You could try using one of those RCA to mini plug cables (like this one (http://www.amazon.com/PH62089-Stereo-Mini-Male-RCA-Male-Feet/dp/B0001GAOE0)) and hook the stereo up to the Line In jack of the PC.

January 10th, 2010, 03:03 PM
You could try using one of those RCA to mini plug cables (like this one (http://www.amazon.com/PH62089-Stereo-Mini-Male-RCA-Male-Feet/dp/B0001GAOE0)) and hook the stereo up to the Line In jack of the PC.

Ok... I guess it's simple enough... I'll try and report back...

Thanks for the info!

January 10th, 2010, 03:16 PM
It might pick up a small amount of noise due to EMI and whatnot in the cable, but it's probably going to be better then trying to use a mic to pick up the sound.