Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Neat Trick

Have you ever wanted to put those old cassette tapes in your iTunes library? Well, here's a neat trick you can do with any Mac: All you need is a cable that connects on one side to your audio input jack and on the other, to a headphone jack on your boombox or portable cassette player. This cable can be found at Radioshack and probably Best Buy and Circuit City.

Then, go to your System Preferences and click on sound. From the input tab, select the audio line in port. Now open up a new Garageband project and record the song as the boombox is playing it, with the cable attached to both the boombox and your computer. Oce your finished recording, send the song to iTunes by clicking "Send to iTunes" in "Share" on the Menu bar.

When your song gets exported to iTunes, iTunes immediately selects it and plays it. You can change any artist/song name info then. What I do then is to convert it to AAC, because it reduces the size of the song by almost a factor of ten. Right click the song, select "Convert to AAC," and you're all good. Just remeber to delete the non-AAC song.

I've just transfered about 150 songs like that to my library, and they're all fine.

Let me warn you that you should use a high quality boombox though, otherwise, you may get some background noise which could be annoying if you're trying to listen to that guitar solo, or that really quiet part of the song.

Hope you find this useful!

1 comment:

Julien said...

Just an extension on the background noise idea:
If you find that there is way to much background noise, you should consider using audacity to remove it. Audacity is a free program which you can get here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

To do this, first select a part of the song that has only background noise. Then select noise removal from the Effects menu. Now go back to the whole song and select all of it. Then go back to Effects, Noise Removal, and select how much background noise you want removed.
I always use a very low setting, otherwise, the song gets very distorted.
Click on Remove Background Noise, and you're done.