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How to Create Podcast Media from Audio Tape

The digital revolution has left many people confused about how to handle older analog audio technologies. Some of us still use the trusty old tape deck to record audio but struggle when it comes to transferring that audio into a digital format. This guide aims to help those who need assistance with this process. While it’s not the most efficient way to create podcast media, people should use what they’re comfortable with.

Equipment/Hardware Needed:

  1. Standard Audio Cassette Player: A quality Walkman is highly recommended, as it has the most suitable output port integrated. It’s not advisable to use your home stereo cassette deck, as it might have incompatible RCA outs or a 1/4″ jack if you’re lucky.
  2. A 1/8″ to 1/8″ Mini Plug connector: This cable has two small plug connectors, one on each end. You can purchase these cables at most electronics stores. If you must use your home stereo deck with a 1/4″ jack, you can likely find a 1/4″ to 1/8″ adapter along with the cable.
  3. A good sound card for your computer with a “line in” jack (similar to the audio out jack). If you’ve purchased a computer in the last few years, it probably already has a suitable sound card.

Software Needed:

  1. Audio Recording Tracking Studio - What do we mean for "tracking studio"? Individuals interested in the music industry may eventually want to create their own recordings, either vocal or instrumental. These recordings can be the starting point for many people's careers. To achieve an exceptional recording, you need a high-quality recording studio or tracking studio that captures all nuances of… Software with noise-reduction filters: Audacity is recommended, as it’s free and user-friendly.

Transferring Audio from Tape to Computer:

Step 1: Connect the tape deck to the computer by plugging one end of the connector cable into the Walkman’s headphone jack and the other end into the computer sound card’s “line in” jack.

Step 2: Install your audio processing software (Audacity).

Step 3: Launch Audacity and locate the input pulldown menu at the top right of the screen. Click the tab and select “Line In”.

Step 4: Set the Walkman volume to medium/low, rewind the tape, and press play.

Step 5: Press “Record” in Audacity’s interface and check the audio levels being produced. If levels are too high, your audio will be distorted. Adjust the Walkman volume or the audio input levels in the software accordingly.

Step 6: After finding the ideal recording level, rewind the tape, press “record” in Audacity, and hit “play” on the Walkman.

Step 7: Review your audio, and if you’re satisfied, save it and start tweaking it with noise reduction software.

Step 8: Save your audio file in .mp3 format.

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