Converting Cassette Music To CD

by on May 12, 2006

Q: What is the cheapest, easiest way to import cassette music into my computer so I can put it on a CD?

A: The only real solution to converting your cassette music (analog) to CD is to use your output from your cassette player. Your output might be your headphone jacks (probably the easiest) or another output depending on your player. You would then connect that to your line in on your computer’s sound card or possibly microphone jack if you don’t have a line in.

The connector should not cost more than a few dollars and is the simplest way to make the connection between your player and your computer. Your next step is to record the music coming from the line in. You can use the built in sound recorder on windows by going to Start -> Programs -> Entertainment -> Sound Recorder (you will need to be connected to the microphone in for this piece of software). Then it is as simple as saving the music to a wave file and then converting it to an MP3 or just burning it as is to a CD.

You can find other free or shareware software at tucows.com that will allow you to record the music via line in or the microphone jack and some that will even let you edit the music to remove some of the silence before or after you have started to record so you can have great sound on your new CD.

UPDATE: 06/03/2006

While being our normal geeky selves we were browsing around where we found a product called PlusDeck 2c, which is a cassette player for your computer. You will be able to convert your cassettes to digital music in no time making your conversion from cassette to CD a breeze!