Recording Tape On PC
Category: Computers > Software
Asked by: nrduncan-ga
List Price: $5.00
07 Oct 2004 13:14 PDT
Expires: 06 Nov 2004 12:14 PST
Question ID: 411663
I want to record tapes on my pc. I have the following already: 1) A Sound Blaster Live (forget which version - however I'm 90% sure it's the Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum) with the breakout box in the front of the PC with RCA Audio Inputs. 2) A tape player for a typical home audio setup (very similar to the Sony TC-WE475) 3) Obviously I Have RCA Cables I know how to hook it all up. That's not the issue. I want to know what software to use to record the sound coming in. There are limitations though: 1) The software must cost no more than $50 (I don't have to have a cd mailed to me, downloading it is just fine) 2) I must end up with a wav file as my result. (I can then burn cds or make MP3s at my choice). 3) The software must be fairly easy to use. I don't need a pro version with 10 million imputs and dials. 4) It must NOT be supported through ad programs. If I have to install GAIN or something similar, I will NOT be happy. Tip money will be provided if any of the following conditions are met (all don't have to be met to qualify for a tip, but the more you meet, the better the tip): 1) The Software costs less than $30.00 2) The Software is knowlingly compatible with Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum sound cards 3) The Software has some sort of noise reduction built in (I am recording from tapes after all). 4) The software was designed around someone doing what I'm going (i.e. recording tapes to the computer for burning/mp3s etc)
Re: Recording Tape On PC
Answered By: wengland-ga on 07 Oct 2004 14:36 PDT
Greetings! This sounds like a fun project. I would suggest using the software GoldWave. (http://www.goldwave.com) I have been using it for years, and it will meet your requirements. Let's address them in order: 1) Free evaluation download - if you like the software, you can register it for $CAD55, or about $USD43. The evaluation does not have any adware or spyware. http://www.goldwave.com/release.php#download 2) You can record direct to uncompressed WAV, or to MP3 or other compressed file formats. Supported file formats are: (wav, mp3, ogg, aiff, au, vox, mat, snd, voc, raw binary data, text data, and more). Goldwave also supports file format plug-ins for the next generation of audio compression, such as WMA, Ogg Vorbis, and FLAC. http://www.goldwave.com/features.php 3) To record live sound you choose "File, New". Enter the duration of the recording (or a bit longer) in the dialog box. Set the volume level. Then, click the big red button, or hit "F9". Wait till it's done. Hit "File Save". You have your recording. http://www.goldwave.com/faq.php#recsrc 4) The software is supported by shareware fees; if you like the program, please register it. From the help file included with the application: "This shareware version is limited to 150 commands each session and 3000 commands total. When the session limit is reached, a reminder message will appear whenever you use a control in the Control window. Exiting and restarting GoldWave will let you use another 150 commands without interruption. The program will stop working when the total command count is reached. By registering, you will receive a license that removes this counter completely." (Editors note: 150 commands is a heck of a lot - you can easily make a new recording, edit it, clean up the sound and export it without hitting the limits) Tip Requirements: 1) Free for demo. $43 to register. Ok, not quite under $30. 2) Goldwave uses the Windows sound drivers (Direct X). If you can use your soundcard in Windows, you can use it with Goldwave. 3) Noise reduction, with presets to remove, say, tape hiss. http://www.goldwave.com/features.php#NoiseReduction 4) Goldwave was designed to capture, edit, convert, and compress audio. That covers it all. I hope this answers your question; I have found that Goldwave is the 'gold standard' of audio editors. If you need clarification, please ask before rating this question. Further Reading: Goldwave FAQ http://www.goldwave.com/faq.phq Goldwave Features: http://www.goldwave.com/features.php
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Re: Recording Tape On PC
From: athena4-ga on 07 Oct 2004 14:07 PDT
nrduncan-ga: A quick search (recording tapes on to CDs) shows that RipEditBurn will do what you are looking for, for about US$40. There is a plug in to remove some of the 'noise' from the recordings, called Record Cleaner, but that costs an additional amount that puts is out of the range you have specified. You may want to check out their package-purchases if you have use for Sound Effects also. See http://www.blazeaudio.com/products/recordtocd.html and you may want to read their tutorials if you are interested. - This is a free comment, so you may use the additional $5 for your purchase if it meets your needs. -- I am not an official GA researcher.
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