I don’t know how many times over the years I have been approached and asked if I knew of a low cost software solution to copy (or convert) cassette tapes and Vinyl LP’s (records) to CD (or the computer). To be honest, and being as software savvy as I think I am, I often was not able to provide a good solution and left scratching my head.
Well today, I can give you a software solution that is as low cost as it gets (FREE), is well known, and most recently was updated (after several years without any updates). That solution is called Audacity…
- Record live audio.
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
- Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
- Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
- Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
- And more! See the complete list of features.
Now that I have provided you with the software solution (Audacity); next comes the instruction on “How To” copy (or convert) tapes or LP’s into a digital format. This is where the Audacity website excels. Not only do the developers provide an excellent software solution, they also provide an excellent online manual [ CLICK HERE ] that specifically addresses what we are looking for in this article:
- Editing an Audio File– Import the file, edit and export it
- Your First Recording– Connect and record microphone or guitar
- Mixing Voice with Background Music– For podcasts
- Recording Multi-track Overdubs– more complex recording
- Copying tapes, LPs and other media to CD or computer
- Recording streaming audio playing on the computer
- Example Workflows – Some sample workflows
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