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I recently came across some old cassette tapes with segments on them of recordings of my daughter playing while very young. Naturally I'd like to transfer them to computer and burn to CDs.

I also have old home recorded reel to reel tapes which should be preserved. It came from my Army days in the barracks of guys sitting around singing and horsing around, circa 1967. I'd love to send the guys involved a CD of the recordings.

I haven't a clue how to transfer between reel to reel tape recorder to computer, nor stereo to computer.

Can anyone tell me of a web site where I can read about it or at least provide the basics of what is involved. I'm pretty sure my computer has audio software which could be used.

Thanks

PS, just found this information before actually making the post. Do you agree or have other comment? http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080622090053AAaqNyk
 

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If your cassette and reel to reel decks have audio outputs (usually RCA connection types) you can then purchase an RCA to mono/stero to mini plug adaptor (from Radio Shack for a few dollars) This will then connect into your pc sound card and you can record using this method.

As for software, save your money and download Audacity. This a free / open source recording program that has more features then most will ever need. Also due it's popularity, there is plenty of help via Google.

Coincidently searching on google for "[ame="http://www.google.com/search?complete=1&hl=en&safe=off&q=cassette+to++pc&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq="]cassette to pc[/ame]" the first [ame="http://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/transfer-audio-cassette-to-computer/"]web site[/ame] link describes in very good detail, all the steps you need.
 

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Windy, I used this place http://www.reel2reel2cd.com/ It's not cheap, but I didn't have the reel to reel recorders to play the tapes anymore. These were family tapes from the late 50's early 60's and they seemed to come out pretty good.

Jennifer
 

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I notice that the Yahoo answers page that Windy mentioned suggested some "reasonably priced" sound cards but they are in the $140 to $250 price range, not "reasonable" to me. Any suggestions for a sound card, external preferred, that are "cheap" and still work well, better than a standard card in the computer? Any to avoid? How to tell the difference?
Thanks!
 

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I thank each of you for the information you have provided. I am currently out of town and will need to get back home in order to check the back of my computer to see if it has an input jack on the sound card.

I still have my reel to reel tape recorder which I purchased from an Army buddy after he tired of it and didn't want to ship it home so I will do the transferring rather than pay to have it done.

Again, my thanks. Windy in Kansas
 
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