In Reply to: Converting reel to reel tapes to CD posted by airtime on January 04, 2003 at 05:13:52:
You're referring to Jean Shepard, the humorist? I bet those are terrific; I've always loved his books, and his movies!
There are two basic ways to do it- via computer, or standalone CD burner. Do you have access to either?
For something as basic as your tapes, a standalone unit would be easier to use; just input your tapedeck and record at 1:1 speed. It's not unlike recording on a casstte deck. The only drawback is if you want to add chapter stops. While you can do this by pausing the units, it requires a lot of hands-on work while recording.
Via computer is more complicated, but makes editing and making multiple copies much easier. You need at the least a CD-R burner, a soundcard of some kind, and software to process your WAV files (which is what your soundfiles will be). Some form of basic software is almost always included with the burner. A footnote: if you're not a computer geek, you'll probably hate doing this on the computer;-)
Let us know if you need more info. Good luck with your project!
Yes it is Gene Shepard the humorist. These were great radio shows in which many were based on is books and well known Christmas movie. I haven't heard them is over 20 years. I tried recording LP's using my Marantz 2230 preamp output plugged into the computers mic input. It worked but the sound quality is not to good. As for software I believe my CD burner came with Adaptic. Your right it was a slow process but I'll give it another try.
Goldwave software would work well for your application and a can be downloaded for free with some minor usage restrictions. www.goldwave.com
Connect your preamp out to the soundcard line in and adjust preamp output level to get the maximum recording level without clipping.
Depending on your soundcard, you may not be able to make very good recordings through your computer. What type of soundcard do you have?
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