You might have often asked to yourself that how to transfer cassette to CD or any other digital media format so that you could hear it on your iPod. Much people have an erroneous belief that this could be tough but the reality is that the process of converting a cassette tape to CD is much easier than you have thought off. The first and most important step to transfer cassette to CD is to have your cassette recorder or player with you. An audio cassette player that has a headphone or a white/red RCA output will work well to get the job done. Make sure that the player delivers good sound quality. It is recommended to have a branded player like Sony or Panasonic so that you can get a clear audio output, which will be used later to record the audio file in digital format. Next, to this, you should have a personal computer that has windows as its operating system. If you previously have a personal computer and an audio cassette recorder at your home, then you have almost everything to convert a cassette tape to CD.
The next thing is to check out for what kind of audio output is supporting. It can be either 3.5 mm headphone or an RCA (an electrical connector). If you have the red/white RCA outputs, then to combine these 2 lines into a single one, you will need a converter. The converter is often called RCA to 3.5 mm converter. You can find these converters so easily at any of the electronic store. If your cassette player is a walkman or any other portable players, then probably you have to go with 3.5 mm headphone. Here, you will need a 3.5 mm audio cable, which looks same as the one used to hook iPod to your car. Now, simply connect one end of the 3.5 mm jack to the cassette player and the other end to the computer. If you are using the new computer model, then the computer slot is of color blue and is located near to the line-in.
Once you are done with the connections, the next step would be to obtain a cassette to CD converter software so as to record the audio from the player. You can find much number of audio recording software in the internet available at free of cost. Do some research online and find the best software for it. Audacity is the fantastic cassette to CD converter software. This is open source software, which is used to edit the audio files. This software is compatible on both Windows based and Mac based personal computers. After you have got the software installed on your computer, make sure that the audio settings are correct. Verify whether the line-in is set as default or not. If you get some problems, then you can check out for the help files. Now press the play button on your recorder and at the same time, also do click on the “record” button on the Audacity software. Now, the software starts to record the analog input to a digital format. After the recording has been completed, click on the stop button and also do press stop on the cassette player. Save the file in .wav or any other format, which is most likely preferred by you. The software also allows you to edit the file. You can remove the “dead air” and unwanted segment from the recorded file so as to improve the quality. Now, the file is ready to burn a CD. Select the audio file which has been recorded and then click on “burn to CD” button on your computer. Now, you can play this CD in your car or your home.