Using Microsoft Plus! Analog Recorder

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I just wanted to let someone know that the PDF Tutorial for Plus Analog Recorder was so well done and straight-forward, I was recording my analog cassettes to my hard drive within minutes of reading it. - Michael M.

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For anyone with a large collection of audio on cassette or vinyl, Plus! Analog Recorder is a great tool. The conversion process is straightforward, with some great noise reduction technology included for cleaning up the sound files.

For a more comprehensive guide download Converting Vinyl LPs to CD.

If you don't have Microsoft Plus! Super Pack for Windows XP, you can get a copy from Amazon.

Introduction

Converting audio from LPs and cassettes is a time intensive
process. All audio must be transferred from its original format to digital in
real time (there's no high-speed dubbing like we had in the days of cassette
tapes). Microsoft Plus! Analog Recorder simplifies the process, offering a
straightforward solution for transferring your LPs and cassettes to Windows
Media Audio format. The purpose of this tutorial is to get you started
archiving your records and cassettes in digital format as quickly as possible.
Whether your goal is preservation of rare vinyl records or the conversion of
your favorite books on tape to mp3, I've outlined the process from start to
finish.

Hardware and Cabling Required

The rest of this tutorial assumes steps in this section have
been followed. Making hardware connections is software independent, following
the same steps, regardless of which audio applications are installed on your
PC. Some of these things may seem obvious; I'm covering them to be sure you
don't miss anything.

To transfer audio from your record collection:

RecOut
Your Line Out connectors will look like the top red and white connectors shown here.

You need an amplifier with Line Out connectors and a
turntable. Line Out connectors are usually labeled Rec Out in the Tape section
on the back of your receiver. Newer amplifiers have a pair of one red and one
white RCA jacks representing the right and left sides of the stereo spectrum.

If your turntable has a built-in preamp, you
don't need the amplifier. In this scenario, connect the RCA Line Out jacks from
your pre-amped turntable to the Line In jack on your PC's sound card.

For cassette recording, simply connect the Tape Out
connectors on the back of your cassette player to the Line In jack your PC's
sound card.

Sound cards use 1/8-inch miniplugs for both input and output
connections. When recording LPs or cassettes on your PC, connect the turntable
or cassette deck to the Line In, which is frequently the black colored jack.

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