Hi! I like the product, but have a question I can’t really find an answer to in the manuals. Was basically just using to transfer cassettes to mp3’s, still kind of fine tuning to get optimal sound quality. Main problem I’m having is- after recording an entire cassette, is there a way to split the recording into separate mp3 tracks to burn onto a disk? Have tried a few different ways with no luck. Really do not want to have to record each song individually if not necessary. Thanks for any advice!
It’s been a long-ling time since I digitized a cassette but once in awhile I digitize an LP, or I’ll extract/record the audio from a video concert.
I combine both sides of the record (or cassette) to make one long WAV file. That’s because when I’m doing processing or effects, or just volume normalization, I want to treat the whole album the same.
Then I’ll split the files into individual tracks to make the MP3s, which I “tag” with MP3tag (embedding the artist/title/album and artwork, etc).
is there a way to split the recording into separate mp3 tracks to burn onto a disk?
Don’t use MP3! I recommend WAV files at 16-bits, 44.1kHz, stereo. This is the same underlying PCM format used on audio CDs.
MP3 is a lossy format and audio CDs are not. If you are making an audio CD, it’s “bad practice” to use a lossy format (unless your original is lossy and you can’t avoid it.) Most CD burning applications can decompress the MP3 to the the proper audio CD format if you are stuck with MP3s.
A good quality (high bitrate) MP3 can often sound identical to the original, but it’s best to avoid lossy compression if you don’t need it.
You can configure your burning software to burn MP3 files directly onto a CD as “data”, and they will play on your computer and in some car stereos and most DVD players, but they will not play on a “regular” CD player. The advantage of course, is that you can fit about 5 times as much music on a disc in MP3 format.
There is one other problem. If you have a “120 minute” cassette (60 on a side) or 90 minute (45 on a side), an Audio CD only supports 78 minutes (80 plus housekeeping).