View Full Version : How to record cassette tape into Vista?

2007-09-01, 07:37
I have a number of cassette tapes that are not available on CD. I would like to record them into my machine running Vista so that I can convert them to digital and play through Slim. However, I cannot for the life of me find anything in Vista that will allow for analog recording. In Windows XP There is the Analog Recorder.

Any suggestions?


2007-09-01, 10:09
Recording an analog source (whether LP, cassette, open reel, etc.) into a computer is fairly simple once you've got the process down.

First, your PC needs an external or internal sound card with a line-level stereo input. Many computers come with this feature already installed. You will probably need a converter cable to switch from the RCA outputs on the tape deck to the 1/8th inch miniplug that is common for soundcards.

Second, you'll need an audio capture and editing program. I used Adobe Audition but there are a number of other programs including free ones available. Some programs include the ability to remove clicks, pops and hiss. You'll need to look around to find what suits you best.

I typically record an entire side of a record or tape into the computer at once. Afterwards I'll cut it up into the individual songs or segments. At this point the files can be saved to WAV, FLAC, MP3 or any other desired format. You will also be able to burn an audio CDR if you have a burner in your computer.

There are plenty of well written guides floating around the internet that discuss the ins and outs of this process, so do a Google search.

2007-09-01, 10:27
Thanks. However, I know how to record an analog device into a computer. I have done it numerous times in the past. One of the easiest ways is with the Windows XP Plus Analog Recorder. However, that is no longer available since Vista has come out (see the Microsoft website). The Microsoft website says all of this functionality is built into Vista. Thus my question. How is this done in Vista. I don't see any tools for this.


2007-09-01, 10:40
Just because MS took away or buried the tool that was bundled with the OS shouldn't cause a problem. Just use one of the many other available tools, as mlsstl suggested. Audacity (audacity.sourceforge.net) is highly recommended, and I've used GoldWave with decent results. Certainly I expect Audacity to be better than anything bundled with Windows.

2007-09-01, 11:05
Perhaps I am not being clear here...

I am asking if anyone knows where the new tools are in Vista? I am not saying there is a problem here or that there are not other tools to accomplish this.


2007-09-01, 11:24
I guess it's "Sound Recording". Type it on "Start Search" and then set your sound card when instructed.

2007-09-01, 19:59
Perhaps... however... no that does not work.

2007-09-03, 02:40
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sound_Recorder_(Windows):

One of the biggest limitations of Sound Recorder in Windows Vista is that it can only record and save files. It cannot open existing WAV or WMA files.[1] Also, Sound Recorder now only allows saving to the lossy WMA format at 96 kbit/s when run directly from the Start Menu (except for Windows Vista N, which only allows saving as WAV). To force Sound Recorder to save as WAV, the user must use the command prompt to enter "soundrecorder /file outputfile.wav".[2]

All the basic audio processing features such as format conversion, sample rate conversion, adding echo, reversing the audio, changing volume and playback speed, splitting, inserting and mixing audio have been entirely removed. Also, the user interface has been overhauled, resulting in the removal of Sound Recorder's ability to graphically display the sound wave spectrum of the audio.

This problem is easily remedied by copying the original .exe file, SndRec32.exe, from any computer running Windows XP or earlier, onto a computer with Windows Vista.