OK, I admit it, I’m a newbie.
But, I’m a newbie who read the newbie FAQ and used the search functionality!
I have some old audio cassettes from a band I was in during college, and I’d love to record them to CDs, both for preservation purposes, and also so that I can e-mail them to friends and such.
I found a few old threads where this was discussed in one form or another, particularly this one:
I think that I may have enough information to get started, but much of what I found was centered around LP recording. Also, it seems that some of the products listed are either no longer available or have changed.
Can anyone give me any recommendations for this, circa 2004? I’m a Win XP Pro user, and I have no special software. Right now, on the cassette side I simply have an old Nakamichi component cassette deck. I have ZERO experience with ripping CDs, recording .WAVs or .MP3s other than burning data backups using Roxio.
Some of the specific questions I have include:
- These days, which software products are likely to meet my need, and are any of them shareware or freeware?
- Anyone aware of a web site where some kind soul has documented this very process?
- For a noob to such things, would it be preferable to try to record individual songs as individual WAV files, or record the entire thing as one WAV?
- Is “de-crackling” something that is used exclusively for LPs, or does it pertain to cassettes as well?
Many thanks in advance,