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How to convert audio cassettes to mp3
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Bruce B


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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 19:13    Post subject:  How to convert audio cassettes to mp3  

I have some audio cassettes (mostly voice, but some music) I'd like to convert to .mp3 files with Puppy. I've never actually done this, but it seems feasible enough.

The basic idea I have is to use a jack and plug the cassette player's output to the sound card input jack.

Could anyone explain by what procedure and soffware I'd need to capture and edit the sound files?

I think by the time this thread is finished we will have the material to make a good How-To.
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 19:24    Post subject:  

I'd have thought that something like XS sound editor would be capable of something like this. You'd have to capture the incoming signal and save it as a file.

Converting it to MP3 may need a bit more work though.
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PostPosted: Fri 01 Jul 2005, 20:40    Post subject:  

I's never done it under puppy but it's easy to do with a program called Audacity. you could try and run it in puppy. It allows you to catpure the audio and save the file (or portions of it) as MP3s
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 00:23    Post subject:  

Here's a post I made about ripping CDs and converting them to mp3. It probably won't do you much good, but who knows?

Don't forget to activate the appropriate channel in xtmix and turn up the volume. Smile (Double click on the speaker icon in the lower right of your screen to open xtmix.)
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 00:37    Post subject: Sound Audacity  

I have found the XS sound editor to be very good. Audacity is a great program and we should have that as a dot pup - not sure how big it is. Once you are recording (getting an input, you can "save as" MP3)

Strangely enough the most difficult thing (when I did it with Audacity on Windows) was getting the right cable from the cassette player to the sound card - I would start there. Then try XS.

Good luck and keep us informed



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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 00:46    Post subject: Re: Sound Audacity  

Lobster wrote:
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Strangely enough the most difficult thing (when I did it with Audacity on Windows) was getting the right cable from the cassette player to the sound card - I would start there. Then try XS.
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Use the line out/line in, if available, rather than the mic input. Line out is the output of the preamplifier and should generally work better for you.
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 00:57    Post subject:  

Audacity is quite large (by puppy standards), over 1M, and may require some libraries that are not included in puppy, which would add even more space.
It's not large enough to maek it an impossibility though,s it's something to add to the "to look at" list Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 21:45    Post subject:  

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Audacity is quite large (by puppy standards), over 1M, and may require some libraries that are not included in puppy, which would add even more space.

14.9 MB by my measurements. But it looks like Audacity is the way to go. I didn't install it inside Puppy, rather in a directory on a partition with a link to it.

Thanks for the tips, I'll let you know.

BTW Puppy has a commandline utility called recwav which looks like it should be able to capture /dev/dsp input.
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 22:14    Post subject:  

Bruce B wrote:
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BTW Puppy has a commandline utility called recwav which looks like it should be able to capture /dev/dsp input.

It does? When I type 'recwav help' in rxvt (Puppy 1.0.3 CD) it says:
"recwav: No such file or directory" What am I doing wrong?
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 22:56    Post subject:  

try recwav --help
or recwav -help
or recwav -h
or man recwav

(i'm not running Puppy right now)
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Jul 2005, 23:46    Post subject:  

'man recwav' is the only one that did anything. It gave a bunch of meaningless lines and popped up the Puppy 'Help' window, but 'recwav' was nowhere mentioned. Thanks for trying though.

Where do you suppose Bruce B found out about recwav?
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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul 2005, 00:03    Post subject:  

Did I actually write recwav?

I am soo sorry, it is wavrec
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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul 2005, 01:28    Post subject:  

Yesss, thanks. Wavrec brings something up in rxvt, but not much to go on. There is nothing about it in the Puppy Help files. How did you know it was there? What other undocumented programs are in Puppy?
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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul 2005, 04:43    Post subject: wavrec from script  

Tux has his own Google search engine stored under a pile of fish here:
http://www.google.com/linux

Using that found this about wavrev
http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/l18/lesson18b.htm

now I can get both these commands running from the command line but not from a script

not sure why . . .
. . . probably something obvious - it usually is - has anyone else tried running this from a script
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PostPosted: Sun 03 Jul 2005, 14:41    Post subject:  

Flash wrote:
Yesss, thanks. Wavrec brings something up in rxvt, but not much to go on. There is nothing about it in the Puppy Help files. How did you know it was there? What other undocumented programs are in Puppy?


I read something about wavrec and thought I'd check and see if it was installed, before I downloaded and installed it.

Maybe wavrec and others small utilities get installed as support files with other packages like Xripper, Gcombust, or XS sound editor or ??.

wavrec --help tells you pretty much out to use it.
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