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Laptop Willie Sep 04, 2012, 10:59am EDT Report Abuse
I'm trying to convert audio tape books to CDs and not having much luck. Should these be recorded in Wave? The way my system is going about it is to record the audio to the HDD and then I'm suppose to be able to burn it to CD. Haven't produced a good recording yet.

With out investing a large amount of money into equipment, how does one go about this?
Thanks for any help.

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Dr. Peaceful Sep 04, 2012, 11:46am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Audio tape books to CD
Are you talking about cassette tapes? Here's device from few years ago that you put inside your PC to convert cassettes to MP3. They still sell it in some places: It uses the serial port for transferring the cassette data, so you need to have one of those ports. I think the software may be little dated, though would be fine if you still run older Windows like WinXP.

There are also other devices, like ones connect through USB, which may be an easier approach for you. You can check those out as well.

As for recording the sound directly, unless you have very expensive recording equipment and a quiet room, you can never reproduce the exact sound quality as direct data copy.

Laptop Willie Sep 04, 2012, 11:57am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Audio tape books to CD

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john albrich Sep 07, 2012, 08:40pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Audio tape books to CD
A decent site for audio-video manipulation is

Here's the result of a search on the topic:

Some "CD" players are capable of playing more than the old CD format files (extension= .cda), including .mp3 files. Some CD players are dumb as rocks.

In addition, for maximum compatibility between different CD players, you may have to burn the CD using a compatibility enhancement mode in the burner software that I think is called "ROM" or "BOOK".

Some burners (like Nero?) will let you drag/drop files into a window and automatically set them up with a built-in template for burning as a "music CD". The "pro" versions may or may not automatically convert the files if needed, to the proper format.

For general audio file format conversion, you can use tools like freeware Xmedia Recode, Audacity Audio Editor, etc. has a good selection of such programs.
Multimedia conversion etc.

edit to add:
To address your question re: money/equipment, as long as you've got your recorded audio files on the HDD and you have a CD burning capable optical drive, you should be able to do everything needed with freeware or donateware.

By the way, once you have that basic process under your belt, you may want to look at using an audio processing program like Audacity to handle audio compression (not the same as digital data size compression), hiss, etc. problems you may find on old audio tapes. Depends how much effort you want to put into it to obtain the best possible quality.

Laptop Willie Sep 07, 2012, 08:50pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Audio tape books to CD
John, as always good advise. Thanks. I'll pass along what I find when and if I am able to convert the tapes over.

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