All I want to be able to do is to copy some language tapes onto a Windows 10 computer so that I can transfer them to disc. 1. What do I need to download to be able to do this? 2. Would I have to insert some sort of signal after each section of the tape so that if I want to repeat a section when listening I don’t have to go back to the beginning every time?
Download Audacity 2.1.2 from http://audacityteam.org/download/windows.
See this Tutorial: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/burning_music_files_to_a_cd.html. If you follow that Tutorial, each section you label in Audacity will end up as a separate track on the CD. To repeat a CD track you would replay only that track.
Audacity can make a digital recording, and it can be used to break the recording into tracks, or chapters, etc.
You’ll need separate CD burning software if you want to copy the digital audio files to disc.
Would I have to insert some sort of signal after each section of the tape so that if I want to repeat a section when listening I don’t have to go back to the beginning every time?
An audio CD can have up to 99 tracks. Depending on your burning software, you can make one long recording and add track markers or you can burn individual tracks.
You can also burn MP3 files to a disc, although a “normal” CD player won’t play MP3 discs. (All computers, most DVD players, and some car players can play MP3 files from a CD.) With MP3s, you can have as many files as you wish and the files can be identified by file name and can also contain embedded metadata with track names & numbers, etc. In order to make MP3’s with Audacity, you’ll need to download & install the optional LAME MP3 encoder.
onto a Windows 10 computer…
Assuming you have a regular analog cassette player, you’ll need a desktop/tower computer with a regular soundcard and a line input.
If you’re using a laptop with only mic-in and headphone-out, you’ll need an audio interface such as the Behringer [u]UCA202[/u]. (If your cassette player doesn’t have line-outputs, you can connect the cassette player’s headphone-out to line-in on the computer.)
You can also use Windows Media Player that comes with Windows to burn the CD.
Here is a more direct link to the master Tutorial you could follow: http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/tutorial_copying_tapes_lps_or_minidiscs_to_cd.html.
Export as up to 99 WAV files for burning to a regular audio CD.
If you want to have sections for each word or phrase, you would have to burn the large number of MP3 files needed to a “data CD” (look for that option or “MP3 CD” in your burning software).
Here is the link to the LAME MP3 encoder if you need it.