audacity ands cassette tapes

hi im using windows 64 bit on a dell inseprion computer…a friend made me some cassette tapes years ago and I wondering if I can put the songs onto cds using audacity.i have a cassette tape deck(which Im not sure works)…is this a conceivable idea?im nbot sure its worth it…


Yes, Audacity can digitize (digitally record) the tapes. You’ll need to use a different application to burn CDs.

If you have a desktop/tower computer with a regular soundcard, connect the line-out (or headphone-out) from the cassette player to line-in (blue) on your soundcard. Then select line-in as your Audacity recording device and you can record.

If you have a laptop with only mic-in and headphone-out you’ll need a USB audio interface with line inputs. The Behringer UCA202 is popular and inexpensive (I don’t own one). Don’t get a “regular” USB soundcard because they are like laptops with only mic-in and headphone-out.

[u]Tutorial - Copying tapes, LPs or MiniDiscs to CD[/u].

im nbot sure its worth it…

Only you can decide that. It’s easy once you’re set-up, but it can be tricky if you’re new to Audacity. And, it depends on the tapes and how important they are to you.

If they are recordings of music that’s available digitally you won’t get anywhere near “digital quality” so if sound quality is important, buy the CD or MP3 (or iTunes AAC). But if they are irreplaceable and important, then yes it’s worth it to preserve it digitally.