Cassette to MP3

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    Jun 11, 2010 5:21 AM GMT
    Yeah, I know, pretty ancient. My neighbor and I were discussing that we may be the only two people on the planet that still have cassettes, rarer than 45's and vinyl. So anyway the problem.

    I am 'recording' the cassettes to my computer as WAV files, which I know are huge, via Audiograbber. The lame_enc.dll MP3 coding file will not download correctly to compress the WAV files into MP3 files.

    So my question is: Is there a program I can download to compress the files via freeware someplace. And I didn't want to go to itunes to search for the songs as some are pretty old and I see no reason to pay for songs I already have. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • Midas426

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    Jun 11, 2010 5:39 AM GMT
    Hi Erik. I actually have some old cassettes that I would love to turn into MP3s myself. Most notably I have Christopher Williams first album on cassette and that one is no longer in print. I was contemplating sending it to a company to convert.
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    Jun 11, 2010 3:14 PM GMT
    If I am not wrong, you can convert the WAV to mp3 in iTunes.
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    Jun 11, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    I sometimes go to thrift stores and buy LPs and tapes and them rip them to mp3 like you are doing because its cheaper and you can sometimes find things there that just aren't around anymore. But anyways I use Audacity to do my ripping to mp3. Its free and does any format you want.
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    Jun 11, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
    Thanks. I am using Audacity, but when I export to MP3, I get an error about the MP3 library. Export to WAV works without any problem. The issue with exporting to MP3 is lame_enc.dll. I tried to download the library from Audacity but it isn't working. Not sure what else to try since the WAV files are generally 10x the size of MP3 files.
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jun 11, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    It sounds like a problem with your Audacity install. I've used the program before to convert between formats...I recommend you uninstall/reinstall and try again. If not, try iTunes.
  • masculumpedes

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    Jun 11, 2010 7:29 PM GMT
    http://media-convert.com/
  • Midas426

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    Jun 11, 2010 7:56 PM GMT
    A slightly pricier option I just found out about:

    http://www.ionaudio.com/tapeexpress


    ETA....Gotta love those google ads that customize to the text that's written on a page. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 11, 2010 9:28 PM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidYeah, I know, pretty ancient. My neighbor and I were discussing that we may be the only two people on the planet that still have cassettes, rarer than 45's and vinyl. So anyway the problem.

    I am 'recording' the cassettes to my computer as WAV files, which I know are huge, via Audiograbber. The lame_enc.dll MP3 coding file will not download correctly to compress the WAV files into MP3 files.

    So my question is: Is there a program I can download to compress the files via freeware someplace. And I didn't want to go to itunes to search for the songs as some are pretty old and I see no reason to pay for songs I already have. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


    Audacity with the LAME plugin will gobble them up. ffmpeg is a good choice, too. Even winamp will do the job, but, you have to understand how to change the output in the settings. Real Player, Windows Media and Quicktime will do it, too. Don't forget to tell audicity where LAME is. Audcity works beautifully, and is the choice I recommend for you.

    We use BOTH. We use ffmpeg on our VOIP switches (Asterisk) to re-encode from wav to mp3 in batch jobs that run every minute.

    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    http://www.ffmpeg.org/
  • njnick

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    Jun 11, 2010 9:32 PM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidThanks. I am using Audacity, but when I export to MP3, I get an error about the MP3 library. Export to WAV works without any problem. The issue with exporting to MP3 is lame_enc.dll. I tried to download the library from Audacity but it isn't working. Not sure what else to try since the WAV files are generally 10x the size of MP3 files.
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    Hey Eric - I have a lot of experience with Audacity - if you send me the exact error you're getting I may be able to help you out.....
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    Jun 11, 2010 9:41 PM GMT
    Thanks for the suggestions fellas. This is what I wound up doing:

    Audicity works fine with bringing the cassettes to WAV format. The MP3 coder wasn't working for me at all no matter what I did. The instructions said it had to be downloaded separately which I did a couple of times, then when they wouldn't work, I deleted them. I then tried the links Audacity had for the lame_enc.dll coding. Every single link brought up a page that said 404 Access Forbidden. So, I just typed that code in the search field for yahoo and found a free program called NCH MP3 Converter Software-http://www.nch.com.au/switch/mp3.html. And you know what?

    It worked!!! All the cassette wav files were converted seemlessly into MP3 files!!!

    I found some songs that I have going back to the being of the '80's and wanted to save them. Thanks again for the help...
  • kew1

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    Jun 11, 2010 11:09 PM GMT
    I recorded them on my MP3 player using it's line in socket.
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    Jun 12, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    Music from the era of cassettes? The world really doesn't need Winger or Night Ranger MP3s.
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    Jun 12, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    heartrobb saidMusic from the era of cassettes? The world really doesn't need Winger or Night Ranger MP3s.


    I didnt own any of their cassettes as I was not a fan of glam rock overall. But the ones I have---yep, the world of dance would absolutely love them.