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Moving Records and Tapes to CD or MP3

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I have a ton of older recordings that are on LP records or cassette tapes. Often I need to convert some of them to digital format for sharing on the web or to make a CD. There are a few ways to do this.

My favorite new way is to use the Edirol Portable Digital Recorder, mentioned in a previous post. It is very simple to hook up the recorder to my stereo's line output. Then I just record on the Edirol. When done, I can easily transfer the file to my computer with a USB cable or by plugging in the recorder's SD card to the SD slot on my laptop computer. Then I can use a free program like Audacity to split a recording of one side of an LP into individual tracks or do other touch-up editing before burning to CD or converting to MP3.

If you don't need to buy a portable recorder, there are cheaper ways to convert the analog stereo signal into a digital signal your computer can accept. I previously used a fine product called INPort, which has a stereo line-out to USB port, and also comes with software to split tracks and edit out LP noise.

Either way, it's a little bit of work, but I'm finding it very gratifying to have my old recordings available on portable devices like the iPod or other MP3 players.

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