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BooBooKitty

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Icon 1 posted September 20, 2006 20:02      Profile for BooBooKitty     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Okay, so I've been waxing nostalic by going through some tapes I have. What's the best way to transfer with the best possible quality short of going to some "pro" to transfer the stuff I have on tape to MP3 or something? I've got the power (see posting on Mac Pro). So now what? Suggestions?
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Icon 1 posted September 20, 2006 22:31      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
You need an iMic

I have the older, silver version. It comes with with Final Vinyl recording software. There is a selection of other software out there which you could pay for, but I'd stick with Final Vinyl as it's a doddle to use. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted September 21, 2006 07:38      Profile for RScottV     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have used Final Vinyl to record some records and it went pretty well. I think, however, that you can get by with what you have. The Mac Book Pro has an audio mini-jack input. Just hook it up to your stereo. (You might need the appropriate cable from an electronics store.) For the actual recording, you could use the open source program "Audacity".

You could also record in Garageband: just make a new song with a live track. I have used Garageband to "back up" voicemail.

For music recordings, my two favorite inexpensive programs are Wiretap and Audio Hijack Pro. Wiretap is simple, and quick; I use it for recording internet radio streams. Audio Hijack is more complicated but has some nifty controls and filters that can improve the quality of your recording. It is my usual go-to program for recording music off vinyl via the stereo.

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Icon 1 posted September 21, 2006 08:05      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by RScottV:
The Mac Book Pro has an audio mini-jack input. Just hook it up to your stereo. (You might need the appropriate cable from an electronics store.) For the actual recording, you could use the open source program "Audacity".

Yeah, I've used a simple 3.5mm male to male jack plug before, and it was fine for my needs. It takes a bit of messing around with levels, but once it's set up, it's fine. I'm pretty sure that no matter how cheap the cable, that's not going to be the limiting factor in the setup.

Oh, and Boo has a Mac Pro rather than a MBP, but I checked the specs and it has stereo analogue input as well. (I guess you;d expect it to, really).

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quote:
Originally posted by RScottV:
For the actual recording, you could use the open source program "Audacity".

Or possibly an even better choice might be gramofile as it does the track splitting automatically. Think it also can handle noise reduction too. Worth a try...

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Icon 1 posted September 24, 2006 11:50      Profile for BooBooKitty     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks for all the suggestions! Now to find the time to try it...
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this one is suitably silly..

http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/drives/7a8d/

I'm guessing it's just an internal audio connection lead though, so it's probably Mac compatible too with a bit of McGuyver 101.

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