Old 3rd August 2000, 09:52   #1
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I know this question has probably been asked 1,000 times but...
What software do I need in order to convert the audio on a cassette tape or record into .WAV or MP3?

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Old 4th August 2000, 01:39   #2
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Check this thread:

http://forums.winamp.com/showthread.php?threadid=32316

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Old 4th August 2000, 03:35   #3
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I don't think recording via line-in is actually covered in that particular thread!

Anyway, Mr. Dumb dude,
You can do this with Winamp.

Simple instructions

1) Install Jasper's Line plugin (see link below)
2) Select "Line" in Windows Volume Control > Recording,
and set the recording level to taste.
3) Select DiskWriter Output in Winamp (see alternative Output options below)
4) Type line:// in Open URL box.
5) Start playing line input source
6) Winamp > Play


Detailed Instructions

You can use the default CD/Line Input plug-in, but I strongly recommend that you goto the Winamp Input plug-ins site and download the
Line-in plugin v1.0 beta by Jasper Gronde.

* Please note: current version available @ author's site = v1.8 *
--> Direct Download <--
If the site is down, you can get v1.8 at this mirror

Winamp includes an Output to Wave facility by default [NS Disk Writer plug-in].

To record/convert to MP3

Winamp 2.81 and higher:
You can also use the default DiskWriter Output to record to MP3.
Prefs -> Plugins -> Output -> Nullsoft Diskwriter -> config:
Checkmark: Convert to format
Click the little box on the right [...]
and change the Format from the default PCM WAV to:
MPEG Layer-3 (MP3).
Set the required Attributes below, eg.
128kbps, 44,100KHz, stereo
Okay everything, and you are all set to go.

For older versions of Winamp (pre 2.80) you'll need to download the Nullsoft MP3 Output plug-in.
The link to this can be found in the thread that Qaxar mentions.
There are other alternative MP3 Output plugins to choose from, available either in the Output section of the site or here
Peter's out_enc.dll (with the included Lame Encoder) is my personal choice, or Jasper's Filewriter (you'll need to download LameEnc separately for this one).

Full list of MP3 Output plugins:
Steve Lhomme's out_lame
Jasper's Filewriter
Peter's out_enc.dll
Chun-Yu's MP3 Output
John Adcock's MP3 Output
Nullsoft MP3 Output


Once you've installed the 2 plug-ins, follow these directions:

1. Connect your audio source device to your soundcard's line-in input socket.
(or the microphone to your soundcard's mic input)
2. In Winamp, open the prefs [Ctrl + P] and, from the "Plug-ins -> Output" tab, select either the Nullsoft Disk Writer [for WAV output] or MP3 Output Plug-in.
[Tips: *see end - 1*]
3. Hi-lite your choice and click "Configure" to set the output directory and, in the case of the MP3 Output, any extra parameters [bitrate etc.]
4. Okay everything and close the prefs.
5. From the main Winamp File Menu, select "Play -> URL" and type line:// in the URL box [for JG's Line plugin].
Note: The command line for the default LineIn plugin is linein://
[Tips: *see end - 2*]
6. As soon as you click "Okay" the timer starts counting, so start your input source playing.
7. When the input track is finished, click on "Stop" and the new MP3 or WAV will have been created in your specified folder.
8. Open said folder and rename the new file with an appropriate name [currently, it will have been created with a name such as "1.Line-in_srate=22,bitrate=16.mp3" or something ridiculous like that].

Repeat steps 5-8 for each new track.

Please note, to be able to listen back to your new trax in Winamp, you need to change the Output Plug-in back to WaveOut first !
Also, when you've finished all of your recording, remember to change back to WaveOut [or Direct Sound Output if you were using it]


Volume Control

Double click the little yellow speaker in your system tray to open Windows Volume Control.
These are the instructions for using Jasper Gronde's Line Plugin:

Volume Control -> Playback
Turn the Line-in Volume down to a minimum.
Ideally, this should be muted, because the higher this goes the more feedback/echo you'll hear. You can keep it up ever so slightly just so you can hear the music/source playing through the line-in before you enter the line:// command into winamp.

Most importantly, go to:
Volume Control -> Options -> Properties
Checkmark: "Recording" and click Okay
Now checkmark "select" underneath "Line-In"
and adjust the Line-In recording volume slider accordingly.

Next, test the waters with Winamp.
Don't switch to DiskWriter or MP3 Output just yet,
keep the output on DirectSound or WaveOut for normal playback.
This is so you can adjust the volume levels to taste.
When you're happy that the line-in recording level is at a happy medium (ie. loud enough, but with no distortion), now you can switch the Output plugin and continue with the above steps.

Note:
For normal linein playback purposes, you can use the Nullsoft linein:// command instead of Jasper's Line plugin (eg. say you want to just use Winamp's vis plugins with an external audio source).
This method requires the Linein playback level to be turned up.
More info here

_____________________________________________

[*Tips*]

1. I strongly recommend using the MP3 Output instead of the Disk Writer, because the WAV files will end up being pretty huge, whereas the MP3's will end up being less than a 10th of the size.
Note: For 2.81 and higher, you CAN use the DiskWriter to write to MP3
(see above for more details).
However, this requires that you have an MP3 codec installed on your system.
Windows should come complete with the Fraunhofer MP3 Codec (advanced),
but there is a limit to the bitrate quality output of this codec.
To produce higher quality MP3's, you will need to install the Professional version of this codec, available here or here

2. Extra parameters can be found by reading the readme.txt file that comes with JG's line-in plug-in, eg. sample rate (default = 44, but you can specify a different rate, eg. "srate=22"); mono or stereo; bitrate; etc.

3. Another reason why you might need JG's Line plugin is if you've replaced the default LineIn/CD Input plugin with the CDReader plugin (no longer required in Winamp 5)
_____________________________________________

Voila !

Hope this helps !?!?


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Old 4th August 2000, 03:56   #4
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Thanx 2 the Egg-man!

I appreciate the help

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Old 28th April 2001, 12:16   #5
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hey dude, can u link that line in plugin, i can't find it
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ok, great plug in! but one major problem

how the fuck to i change the volume down!!! its way to loud listening from head phones, i have turned it down all i can but it doesn't make a differnce...fuck its sore on the airs
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The CD/Line Input plug-in, comes with Winamp, you don't need to download it.

Jasper Gronde's Line/Mic Input Plugin can be downloaded here:
http://www.winamp.com/plugins/detail...omponentFlag=P


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Cheers ethan (again)
btw, you were one of my nominees backstage for member of the month

scorch:
The line-in volume is controlled via Windows Volume Control
(little yellow speaker in systray)
You should be able to work out what to do from thereon, yes?

You'll need to set both the Playback and Recording levels to taste.
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Use Lamer to record directly to MP3 from a line in source quality is good, you will need lame and lame dll files.
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Tape to MP3

Hello DJ,
I was hoping to find info on converting from Audio Cassette Lectures (not music) to MP3 using winamp/winamp pro.

Should I buy something like INport, or can I do everything needed directly with winamp? If winamp is all I need, are these posts from 2004 the most current updates?


Quote:
Originally posted by DJ Egg
I don't think recording via line-in is actually covered in that particular thread!

Anyway, Mr. Dumb dude,
You can do this with Winamp.

Simple instructions

1) Install Jasper's Line plugin (see link below)
2) Select "Line" in Windows Volume Control > Recording,
and set the recording level to taste.
3) Select DiskWriter Output in Winamp (see alternative Output options below)
4) Type line:// in Open URL box.
5) Start playing line input source
6) Winamp > Play


Detailed Instructions

You can use the default CD/Line Input plug-in, but I strongly recommend that you goto the Winamp Input plug-ins site and download the
Line-in plugin v1.0 beta by Jasper Gronde.

* Please note: current version available @ author's site = v1.8 *
--> Direct Download <--
If the site is down, you can get v1.8 at this mirror

Winamp includes an Output to Wave facility by default [NS Disk Writer plug-in].

To record/convert to MP3

Winamp 2.81 and higher:
You can also use the default DiskWriter Output to record to MP3.
Prefs -> Plugins -> Output -> Nullsoft Diskwriter -> config:
Checkmark: Convert to format
Click the little box on the right [...]
and change the Format from the default PCM WAV to:
MPEG Layer-3 (MP3).
Set the required Attributes below, eg.
128kbps, 44,100KHz, stereo
Okay everything, and you are all set to go.

For older versions of Winamp (pre 2.80) you'll need to download the Nullsoft MP3 Output plug-in.
The link to this can be found in the thread that Qaxar mentions.
There are other alternative MP3 Output plugins to choose from, available either in the Output section of the site or here
Peter's out_enc.dll (with the included Lame Encoder) is my personal choice, or Jasper's Filewriter (you'll need to download LameEnc separately for this one).

Full list of MP3 Output plugins:
Steve Lhomme's out_lame
Jasper's Filewriter
Peter's out_enc.dll
Chun-Yu's MP3 Output
John Adcock's MP3 Output
Nullsoft MP3 Output


Once you've installed the 2 plug-ins, follow these directions:

1. Connect your audio source device to your soundcard's line-in input socket.
(or the microphone to your soundcard's mic input)
2. In Winamp, open the prefs [Ctrl + P] and, from the "Plug-ins -> Output" tab, select either the Nullsoft Disk Writer [for WAV output] or MP3 Output Plug-in.
[Tips: *see end - 1*]
3. Hi-lite your choice and click "Configure" to set the output directory and, in the case of the MP3 Output, any extra parameters [bitrate etc.]
4. Okay everything and close the prefs.
5. From the main Winamp File Menu, select "Play -> URL" and type line:// in the URL box [for JG's Line plugin].
Note: The command line for the default LineIn plugin is linein://
[Tips: *see end - 2*]
6. As soon as you click "Okay" the timer starts counting, so start your input source playing.
7. When the input track is finished, click on "Stop" and the new MP3 or WAV will have been created in your specified folder.
8. Open said folder and rename the new file with an appropriate name [currently, it will have been created with a name such as "1.Line-in_srate=22,bitrate=16.mp3" or something ridiculous like that].

Repeat steps 5-8 for each new track.

Please note, to be able to listen back to your new trax in Winamp, you need to change the Output Plug-in back to WaveOut first !
Also, when you've finished all of your recording, remember to change back to WaveOut [or Direct Sound Output if you were using it]


Volume Control

Double click the little yellow speaker in your system tray to open Windows Volume Control.
These are the instructions for using Jasper Gronde's Line Plugin:

Volume Control -> Playback
Turn the Line-in Volume down to a minimum.
Ideally, this should be muted, because the higher this goes the more feedback/echo you'll hear. You can keep it up ever so slightly just so you can hear the music/source playing through the line-in before you enter the line:// command into winamp.

Most importantly, go to:
Volume Control -> Options -> Properties
Checkmark: "Recording" and click Okay
Now checkmark "select" underneath "Line-In"
and adjust the Line-In recording volume slider accordingly.

Next, test the waters with Winamp.
Don't switch to DiskWriter or MP3 Output just yet,
keep the output on DirectSound or WaveOut for normal playback.
This is so you can adjust the volume levels to taste.
When you're happy that the line-in recording level is at a happy medium (ie. loud enough, but with no distortion), now you can switch the Output plugin and continue with the above steps.

Note:
For normal linein playback purposes, you can use the Nullsoft linein:// command instead of Jasper's Line plugin (eg. say you want to just use Winamp's vis plugins with an external audio source).
This method requires the Linein playback level to be turned up.
More info here

_____________________________________________

[*Tips*]

1. I strongly recommend using the MP3 Output instead of the Disk Writer, because the WAV files will end up being pretty huge, whereas the MP3's will end up being less than a 10th of the size.
Note: For 2.81 and higher, you CAN use the DiskWriter to write to MP3
(see above for more details).
However, this requires that you have an MP3 codec installed on your system.
Windows should come complete with the Fraunhofer MP3 Codec (advanced),
but there is a limit to the bitrate quality output of this codec.
To produce higher quality MP3's, you will need to install the Professional version of this codec, available here or here

2. Extra parameters can be found by reading the readme.txt file that comes with JG's line-in plug-in, eg. sample rate (default = 44, but you can specify a different rate, eg. "srate=22"); mono or stereo; bitrate; etc.

3. Another reason why you might need JG's Line plugin is if you've replaced the default LineIn/CD Input plugin with the CDReader plugin (no longer required in Winamp 5)
_____________________________________________

Voila !

Hope this helps !?!?


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