Hooking a Reel to Reel to a computer?...

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  1. todd s

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    My father has a bunch of recordings on tape. He has a relatively new reel to reel player. I want to transfer his recordings from reel to cd. Without spending a fortune. What hardware & software do I need? I have a cd burner in my computer.

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    I'm intertested in doing the same type thing. I assume that hooking it up to the line-in on your sound card is all that's needed, although I have no idea where to buy a reel to reel tape player or what they'd cost (I guess ebay would be a start).
     
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    I'm guessing it has RCA-type outputs? If so, you'll either need a soundcard that can accept RCA inputs (for stereo sound) or an adapter that accepts two RCA inputs and has a 1/8" (or is it 1/16"?) output that plugs into the microphone inputer on your computer.
     
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    Anyone know cheap and easy software to record it onto cd?
     
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    Yeah, use the wave recorder and the media player that comes with windows xp to record and create the audio cds. It's all free and straight forward; However there's no bells or whistles to clean up the audio, but it'll let you do some simple chopping.

    If your looking to buy a reel to reel, be careful of the speed. There's a few different standards and I've been busted a once or twice by trying to convert some studio quality reels that were recorded at a faster speed than the reel to reel I have access to supports.
     
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    There's a free audio editing program called Audacity that you might want to try.
     

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