- Using the included audio cable, connect the tape player’s headphone socket to the microphone or line-in socket on your computer.
This article explains how to use Audio Digitalizer to copy a cassette tape to audio cd and mp3 tracks from start to finish, including the initial setup of connecting the tape player to your computer.
If your computer has only one audio jack it is a headset jack – the same type found on mobile phones.
This type of jack can’t be used to record tapes because it only records in monaural audio (not stereo) and doesn’t work with the type of audio cable we include.
If your PC only has a headset jack, we recommend purchasing a USB sound card. These devices are easy to use and cost less than $10 on Amazon.com / £7 on Amazon.co.uk.
Follow these instructions if the installer doesn’t open automatically.
You’ll be prompted to set the recording source and volume options the first time you use Audio Digitalizer. These settings are saved so you’ll usually only need to set them once. To make changes later, go to Settings.
Your PC can have several audio recording devices such as a built-in microphone, a webcam with a microphone, the line-in socket, the mic socket on a USB sound card, a USB tape player or turntable, etc. Audio Digitalizer can record from any of these sources.
You should make most of the adjustments using the tape player dial. This is because the tape player has the widest range and if the audio coming into the computer is too low or high, it is impossible to adjust it in software.
The best way to get the right volume is to adjust it until Audio Digitalizer says it is OK, then make a short recording to check the result, then tweak the volume as necessary.
Cassette tapes don’t have tracks like a CD - they are one stream of audio. To make playback more convenient, you can split the recording into multiple segments which become individual MP3 files or audio CD tracks.
You’ll see the tracks shown as rectangles overlaid on the recording. You can move and resize the rectangle to change the track’s position and length. When the project is saved, each rectangle becomes an individual mp3 file or audio cd track.
Mp3 files can have track details saved with the audio. These details include artist, album and track titles along with other details such as release year. A cover art image can also be included. These details are shown when the file is opened in a compatible music player or program.
Audio CDs support a smaller selection of information in a format known as cd-text. Most car players will show these tags when the disc is played.