Hi, my name is XXXXX XXXXX are you available?
Let me know when you're available and I'll give you some help with recording your tapes
I am online now are you?
shoot me a time when we can chat online...on am on EST.
I am available
are you still online?
Log back in at 4PM EST.
Ok...just happens to be 4:00 PM when I checked for any messages from you
You online I hope????
Where do you want to start?
Sorry for the delay in matching up -- that happens sometimes
The problem is I do not get any notifications other than your originl responce
Okay -- but you're seeing these messages from me now, correct?
anyhow -- let's address your initial question...
First, you're probably not going to be able to get rid of that hissing without a software filter in place to filter out those particular frequencies. This can be challenging to do without also removing some of the desired frequencies that might be encountered. That said, if one of your important goals is to eliminate that hissing noise, then I'll spare you the time and hassle and suggest taking the tapes to a specialist...
When you record these, you are going to have to record the analog audio and convert (your computer will do this using an A2D, analog to digital, converter) it to a digital stream that you can store on your Mac
Well it is worth the effort to transfer to my computer so at a minimum I can get the recordings in proper order, they are scambled now
Sure -- a specialist might have a preference for working with the original recordings or digitals versions, so it may be useful to go ahead and put them on your Mac for now...
I have a cassette player and the proper cable with plugs on both end that I hope put it on my computer or is the jack on the mac only for output?
Nope -- there should be two jacks, one for input and one for output (headphones)
Is gargeband the program to use
Yes -- do you have it installed?
I have a Mackbook Pro...there is only one female jack?
Yes...but read my last question
How do I get the input to work?
You should have something that looks like this...
Confirm that for me...
do I ned to somehow hook it to a USB?
Not on my computer?
Hmmm -- how old is your MBP?
I can take a phot...but if you go online to the apple site you will see the number of USB etc.
Less than a year
okay, just checked, looks like apple integrated the line in/out port on the 13" MBP -- use the only jack that you have -- it's the correct one
Plug your cable into this jack and hook up the other side to the tape player...
I just launched Garage band and have a cable running between devices....
also, open up System Preferences (icon is on the dock)
ensure input is set to line-in and not microphone
I am looking at systems preferences.....do not see that option
Which version of Mac OS X are you running?
Latest...just am now looking at "Sound"
Snow Leopard, good. In that case, click the "Input" tab at the top and just ensure the input volume is set near the middle of the slider
Everything seems OK...when I turned on the tape player I saw the input level indicators light up
but I do not hear anything?
Perfect, you're all set to start recording...it's okay if you don't hear anything, the computer is "hearing" it if the indicator lights up in the input tab...
Dumb question...just because the computer is hearing it how do i record it?
What settings do I use on Garage band????
Well -- the more I think about it, GarageBand may not be the best choice. Let's download Audacity instead
Where is that on the internet?
Did you see that last message?
It's a very powerful, free recording program
Click the Audacity 1.2.5 for Intel Macs link
Go ahead and install it...let me know when you get that far
Got it open
k, good. First, click Audacity->Preferences
then Audio I/O
under recording, the device needs to be set to Built-In Input
next, click file formats
funny just did that
under uncompressed export formats, set it to WAV (32-bit)
I assume you want quality here and don't so much care how much hard drive space the files occupy?
there is an Apple AIFF option also...
That's up to you, WAV is going to be considered a more universal format that almost any audio software will recognize
AIFF is a bit more Apple-specific and might not have as much compadibility
will i be abble to plat it on itunes?
I go with your suggestion
Yes, iTunes will play WAV files -- but if the only thing you are going to use these recordings for is playing in iTunes, then AIFF will be fine. I'll leave the choice to you
32 vs 16? The tape is probably one hour long....how much space would you guess?
I have no problem trying samples of each
hmm, I'll guess around 700MB
Audacity will tell you how long your disc space will last once you start
With all that set, click okay to close the preferences window
then click the red record button in audacity and immediately after press play on your tape recorder
do you see the blue waveforms in audacity?
It seems to be only catching Left channel...any mono setting
You should see two separate blue waves...ensure the jacks are plugged in all the way (sometimes you need to push pretty hard)
I wish you could see my computer...do you have the program open in front of you?
I do now...
only the upper left track is going red
very low DB readings
turn up the volume a bit, not too much though, ensure that the waves are not clipped at the top and bottom of the recording window. There should be plenty of room above and below them
Are the monaural recordings?
yes remeber that was the 50's
Okay, there will only be one channel then when recording them. There should be a single blue bar with the wave forms on it
I got a sence of how this works but how do I play back...I stopped the recording...but the rewind button doies not work
you can go to File->Save Project As, give it a name and then play it back in iTunes
or you can click on the wave with the mouse, that will make audacity seek to that position. Then you can push play to play it back
Under a *.aup file format
That is the extension of the Project in Audacity
go to File->Export as Wav to create the Wav file itself
a bit lost sorry to tell you that..
Do you see the "File" menu at the top of the screen?
let me play with it a bit...it is asking for another program to convert to MP3 Lame????
no, you don't want MP3 -- it's compressed and will lose some quality
Click File at the top of the screen
then click Export as WAV
got it to work...I will read up on program and play with settings....
You got me to the red zone
You're having success then I take it?
Need to play with the settings etc....very low volume...but i will try samples..thanks for your time