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07-12-2003, 17:55:07
Tell me how!

I can get the sound into my PC, but the only recording software I have is Sound Recorder, and even thought it’s mostly spoken word, the sound quality is terrible.

Scabrous Birdseed
07-12-2003, 18:26:45
Recording near a PC is never a good idea. Have you got access to (a) a quiet room and (b) a minidisc or MP3 recorder? If you do transfer it onto that and then onto the PC, that way the device-to-machine transfer will be digital.

07-12-2003, 18:38:11
That's stupid. It's recorded analog (MC) so you have to do a A/D conversion. And a lot of minidisc recorders don't have a digital out, so it's A2D again.
I recommend a preamp. Usually you should have a good quality (almost as good as the MC sound).
My idea is, you connected to the MIC in and not the line in or did no adjustment of the input levels. The effects of the other PC components should be no problems. If you got humming noises, try to turn off the monitor (if it's CRT). Move the sound board to a slot away from other components.

Scabrous Birdseed
07-12-2003, 18:45:37
Yeah you're right, thiought it'd be digital from the MD to the PC but I've always used a preamp so that's probably the explanantion. :o

07-12-2003, 19:26:02
Your soundcard may be on bad settings for recording. Try some different configurations by right clicking your speaker icon then "adjust audio properties" and then on advanced settings.

08-12-2003, 19:26:23
A preamp is Really Really Simple?

protein: I’ll fiddle about and see what happens.

08-12-2003, 20:11:29
Yes, for example connect the tape to the amp and the ampt to the line in of the sound card. Though a "normal" tape record should have a line level output. For REALLY good results I recommend a compressor/expander, an equalizer, and a denoiser., but that's some expensive equipment. You may try software components, they are quite nice, especially for "normalizing" (finding the optimum output/peak level).

08-12-2003, 20:12:39
A software solution would be much better if you could be more specific :).

08-12-2003, 20:20:16
I use Steinberg WaveLab for example
It's pretty expensive, but I got old V2.5 and it was much cheaper. You may try a web search for free editors.

09-12-2003, 12:24:33
Wavelab is brilliant. Possibly not a simple solution unless you are planning on doing this sort of thing alot.

09-12-2003, 21:11:34
I agree. So what do we do now?

09-12-2003, 21:15:34
You and Protein dance! :D

09-12-2003, 23:02:37
the Fandango?

09-12-2003, 23:18:06

10-12-2003, 07:18:18
Put your stereo next to your computer. Plug the line out of your stereo in to the line in of the PC. Illegally download Wavelab and record your tape on ti your computer song by song. Trim off the bits at the beginning and end of the waveform and then make sure the volume is about right. Let's say - 3db. Then save your file, uninstall Wavelab, move your stereo back to where it was, kill your family and paint your house pink.


10-12-2003, 17:01:18
while we dance

15-12-2003, 21:20:10
I just connected my walkman to my soundcard and pressed play. Sounded a bit crap, but there you go.