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Old 15th January 2004, 04:46 AM   #1
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Default Ripping Analog Tapes?

Any good freeware software out there to make wav files from my sound card's line-in?

I have some multi-track recordings I want to get onto CD.
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Old 15th January 2004, 04:58 AM   #2
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Old 15th January 2004, 05:05 AM   #3
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I have winamp but I don't see a recording option.
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Old 15th January 2004, 05:09 AM   #4
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Excuse me as I just blurted out that reply....I saw quite a few converters at awhile back as well as few other sites
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Old 17th January 2004, 04:10 PM   #5
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Cool Edit is also a winner. I use it for ripping my vinyl and editing loops etc.
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Old 18th January 2004, 03:31 PM   #6
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Isn't there something included in what ever OS you use? If you just want to record to .wav files, whatever standard recording utility you have should work...

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Old 19th January 2004, 07:33 AM   #7
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Try Goldwave
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Old 19th January 2004, 12:47 PM   #8
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If you have Windows, Sound Recorder will do a cheap & cheerful job of recording to a .WAV file. On my Win2K box, it's under Start->Programs->Accessories->Entertainment, or you could search for sndrec32.exe.

On Linux, your very simplest option is probably dd'ing from /dev/audio to a raw file, then using something like SoX (e.g. to convert the result to a WAV.

For simple WAV editing I generally use SoundForge, which came free with my sound card, but other folks I know use CoolEdit to good effect.

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Old 20th January 2004, 08:47 PM   #9
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A little off topic

I had someone approach me a while back for a proposal to convert a warehouse of 1/4" 7 1/2 IPS tapes to MP-3's.

In order to do the work efficiently I proposed capturing the tapes played back at 15 IPS while sampling at 96 KHz. I figured I could get the FHG software jeeped (a little research made this look very likely) to take these non standard samples and convert them to play back at 48 KHz.

I figured I wouldn’t have too much trouble EQ-ing and setting up the tape machine to give me accurate playback at 2x speed.

A lot of the tape was suffering from sticktion and needed to be treated in a convection oven before transfer. I was never comfortable with handling someone elses irreplaceable archives that needed this kind of work, but I figured with good definitions for methods and procedures we would be able to train operators to be vigilalent.

Well, like many a proposal that I’ve worked on, the company I was working for didn’t get the contract and has since gone away.

It was however a fun one to work on.
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Old 23rd January 2004, 03:28 AM   #10
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This one is just great. Freeware.

Use the Auxiliary Input. Really nice.

Site has lots of other good stuff too. But this is real easy. A friend has a lot of cassette tapes which needed to turn into CD's. I showed him this and it worked like a charm.

Oops, looks like the site is down, at least for now. Let me check something and get back to you.
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