Recording cassette & Vinyl

Hi I am new to Audacity so could anyone guide me through the steps of recording cassettes & vinyl please.
I have Windows 10 & tried recording but can’t find out how to save it to or where on my PC.
Thanks for any replies. Freddie.

What’s your hardware set-up?

Do you have a laptop with only microphone-in and headphone-out, or do you have a desktop/tower computer with a regular soundcard?

What connections do you have for your turntable & cassette player? Do you have a stereo (that can play records) with “tape out” or “recording out”?

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Hi I have a laptop with only microphone in & headphone out, the system is Technics turntable & cassette deck which I connect the lead from my laptop microphone in to headphone out on the Hi Fi system. I cannot find any tape out or recording out.

Thanks Freddie.

You’ll need a USB audio interface with line inputs* The Behringer UCA202 is popular and inexpensive or there are lots of higher-end interfaces with switchable mic/line inputs. And, you’ll need some different adapter cables. The little Behringer has RCA connectors and the more expensive interfaces usually have XLR/1/4-inch TRS jacks. The TRS jack is the same as a full-size headphone jack, maybe like you have on your stereo.

Don’t buy a regular “USB soundcard” because they are like laptops with only mic-in and headphone-out.

…The microphone input can “work” but it’s “wrong”. A line-level or headphone-level signal is about 100 times stronger than a microphone signal and the mic input is usually mono and low-quality. And, if you have a newer laptop with a single mic/headphone combo jack you need a special 4-conductor TRRS plug to make the mic connection.


  • Line-level is about the same voltage as a headphone output but the headphone output is capable of driving a lower impedance load. And, the headphone output always has a volume control.

Hi thanks for all the info much appreciated.

Regards Freddie.