How to Transfer Tapes and Vinyl on to CD

November 28, 2008
Many of us still rooms full of vinyl and box’s filled with broken tapes featuring dust broken cases. many of us still consider this our prime music collection, yet we never listen to any of them due the inconvenience of of setting up old sytems. Hell, I dont even have a record player anymore but my home features same said room filled with records I never listen to …
The answer??? ……Digitize them!!!
The basics you will need are:
  • A turntable or cassette player
  • A Computer
  • A computer sound card
  • A CD burner or other storage medium
  • Any Recording Software

Here is the basic process:

  1. Connect the outputs of your turntable to a phono preamp
  2. Connect the outputs of your phono preamp to the inputs of your computer\’s sound card
  3. Put on a record or tape and record the audio to your computer using some recording software.
  4. Once the record is on the Computer;s hard drive you can then re-arrange the tracks or create your compilation from other recorded sources using your audio recording/CD creation software
  5. Burn the CD

Suggested Sound Cards

M-Audio Fast Track

If you make music with GarageBand or other software recording programs, Fast Track USB is the easiest way to record your guitar with professional results. Just connect Fast Track USB to the USB port of your computer and you’re ready to rock. Fast Track USB has an input for instruments like guitar, bass and keyboards, plus a microphone input…

Behringer U-CONTROL UCA202

With this ultra-compact, bus-powered interface, you can link your Windows® and Mac® computer with any audio gear. There is no setup or special drivers needed—simply plug the interface in a free USB port on your computer and get into the groove. The UCA202 provides 2 analog inputs and outputs, as well as an additional S/PDIF optical output for direct…

Alesis iO2

Designed as the ideal Audio/MIDI companion to notebook computer-based recording environments, the iO|2 USB has a compact form factor that can easily fit in a laptop case or small backpack. The iO|2 USB features durable aluminum casing, USB power (eliminating cumbersome external power supplies) and is optimized for minimal laptop battery drain. The iO|2 provides 2-channels of pristine…

Suggested Software

Steinberg Sequel 2

Sequel turns you into a producer, and gives you your own fully-loaded music studio. You need HipHop beats for your latest track? Or want to surprise your friends at your next party with your own electro live-set? Sequel gives you everything you need to produce pro-quality tracks at home, on a plane, in the rehearsal room or even live…

Ableton LIVE 7

Ableton Live 7 is your companion during every stage of the musical process, from creation to production to performance. The Live Concept Live offers two main views—the Session View and the Arrangement View—that interact in a powerful and unique way, allowing you to create, produce and perform your music all in a single application. Here…

Bias Deck LE 3.5

BIAS Deck 3.5 LE turns your Mac into a full-fledged recording studio. Easily record up to 12 tracks, with full CD quality. Edit your work instantly (while always being able to revert to your original recordings). Process your tracks, using EQ and other built-in digital signal processing. You can even play back MIDI files…

Restoration Software

If you would like to clean the audio this also possible with the help of a little piece of restoration software. There are many to choose from, just finds what works for you….

Bias SoundSoap Pro – Educational

SoundSoap Pro is an advanced noise reduction and audio restoration plug-in powerful enough for demanding audio professionals, yet easy enough for anyone to use. SoundSoap Pro’s unique and comprehensive approach combines hum, rumble, click, crackle, and broadband noise reduction tools with a sophisticated noise gate, in a single intuitive user interface. Unlike other audio restoration tools, this streamlined, tab-based…

Waves Restoration Native

With four intuitive state-of-the-art noise reduction tools, Restoration includes everything you need to revive damaged recordings. Whether you are rejuvenating old vinyl and shellac discs, protecting archival and field recordings, or fixing deteriorating film and television soundtracks, Restoration is the solution.  X-Noise – No noise is good noise. With simple, intuitive…


  1. Be warned if you’re gonna seriously consider buying BIAS’ Deck. It’s not properly Universal Binary, it barely runs on any Mac which has OSX 10.4 (Tiger) or later, it’s very buggy and it’s currently not in development. Even BIAS themselves on their forum recently recommended Pro Tools instead…

    From BIAS, Peak LE (or even better, Peak Pro!) is a much better idea – it’s stereo-only but it’s currently at version 6, is in constant development, and does a lot for the money.

  2. Thanks for the information, I liked a lot.

  3. I don’t use it any more, also I throw them away many years ago.

  4. it’s not properly Universal Binary,

  5. Tapes and Vinyl on to CD very good

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