Converting Cassettes To MP3

Rediscover favourite tracks as MP3s with PiciScan

When we transfer audio cassette tapes to mp3 we return a set of mp3 files on disc or memory stick that you can listen to on your phone or dedicated mp3 player. The process we go through is very similare to that used for transferring LPs to mp3 and can be broken up into four stages.

The process involves:

Digitising the whole tape

EZ Cap USB Cassette Capture

Using an EZCap USB Cassette Capture, both sides of the whole audio cassette are transferred to a PC as a single mp3 file. The EZCap works in much the same way as a Walkman, except its output goes through a USB cable rather than headphones. The device captures audio cassettes at a bit rate of 44100Hz, meaning a high quality of reproduction.

Separating into individual tracks

Audacity screen shot

The software we use for recording the audio and for separating it into individual tracks is the same: Audacity. Once a single mp3 file is produced, we use the visual splits shown in the visual representation of the mp3 file to decide to decide where to cut the file into individual segments. Each segment is then saved as an mp3 file.

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Labelling the tracks

Relabelled mp3 files

These individual mp3s are relabelled according to the information on the tape inlay. If available, track and album artist, and/or composer data is entered as well. The mp3 files are all saved into a folder matching the name of the original recording, which is itself saved into a folder named after the artist. In this way an mp3 player will easily be able to give you the information you need about the tracks as you listen to them.

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Copying the tracks to disc

USB stick

Instead of producing a CD that can be played on a CD player or a PC, we copy the mp3 files to a data DVD or memory stick. Your original audio tapes and the DVD or memory sticks are returned to you in the same way as with any other service. All that's left for you to do is to copy the mp3 files from your disc or memory stick to your device of choice, sit back, and enjoy your rediscovered music.

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