How to Convert Cassettes to a CD Recorder

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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CDs may have replaced cassette tapes but there are still plenty of recordings that are languishing on cassettes tapes. Cassettes can't be listened to on computers or in a car unless their audio content has been transferred to a CD. A stand-alone CD recorder that which can be purchased from an electronics store can be used to record the cassette tape from portable cassette player onto a CD. No computer is needed and the CD recorder takes care of the recording using a built-in program.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Portable cassette player
  • Two 'AA' batteries
  • CD recorder
  • Blank recordable CD
  • Mini-jack to RCA stereo audio cable

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the portable cassette player next to the CD recorder. Open the battery compartment and replace the batteries inside the portable cassette player with new ones.

  2. 2

    Plug the power cord of the CD player into the wall socket. Open the portable cassette player's lid and insert the cassette tape so that side one is ready to play. Plug the mini-jack of the mini-jack to RCA stereo audio cable into the headphone port on the portable cassette player.

  3. 3

    Plug the red RCA plug at the other end of the mini-jack to RCA stereo audio cable into the Auxiliary inputs red audio connector. Plug the white RCA plug at the other end of the mini-jack to RCA stereo audio cable into the Auxiliary inputs white audio connector.

  4. 4

    Turn on the CD recorder. Press the "Disc eject" button on the control panel to eject the disc tray. Put a blank recordable CD onto the disc tray. Press the "Disc eject" button again to close the disc tray.

  5. 5

    Press the "Auxiliary input" button on the front of the CD recorder's control panel. Press the "Play" button on the portable CD player. Press the "Record" button on the CD recorder's control panel.

  6. 6

    Press the "Pause" button on the CD recorder's control panel when side one of the cassette tape has finished playing. Press the "Stop" button on the portable CD player. Open the lid of the portable cassette player and turn the cassette tape over so that side two will now play. Put the cassette tape into the portable cassette player and close the lid.

  7. 7

    Press the "Play" button on the portable cassette payer. Press the "Pause" button again on the CD recorder's control panel.

  8. 8

    Press the "Stop" button on the CD recorder's control panel when the second side of the cassette tape has finished playing.

  9. 9

    Remove the tape from the portable cassette player and put it away. Disconnect the mini-jack to RCA stereo audio cable from the portable cassette player and from the CD recorder. Press the "Disc eject" button on the CD recorder's control panel to eject the CD that was made from the cassette tape.

Tips and warnings

  • A cassette deck will give you more control over the audio that is coming from the cassette tape. They can be purchased used from electronic stores or found on auction websites and in street fairs and yard sales.
  • A cheaply made audio cable will add noise and distortion to the audio signal going into the CD recorder. It is better to buy the audio cable from a well-established cable manufacturer.

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