Need help with sound recording

By becky
Aug 3, 2005
  1. I noticed there was a thread with someone trying to convert their audiocassettes to CDs. I'm trying to do the same thing. I have a cable running to my line-in and I can hear the tapes fine on my computer speakers. I can record fine, but when I play back the recorded file, it's distorted sounding. Muffled, scratchy.

    I've downloaded and tried 5 different recorders. Finally one informed me that my "soundcard does not support playback recording." What does this mean? I have a Realtek sound card that came installed on my Gateway. It's a pretty new computer, so I assumed the sound card was good.

    Does this mean I have no choice but to get a new soundcard? And how do I know a good one to get that will play back my recordings correctly?

    thanks for and advice you can give me! :)
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    your problem is caused by the low-quality soundcard in your gateway. i do a fair bit of converting analog media (records, tapes) to digital myself. i have an m-audio audiophile2496 and use sonic foundry's vegas audio 4 and sound forge 5, but my card is a few years old and i don't know if it's still in production. as i understand it, the soundblaster audigy series are fine cards, i'd look into a few of those. may i ask what software you have?
  3. becky

    becky TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks zephead!

    I guess I'll have to invest in a nice soundcard. I bought a video converter to convert vhs to dvd also. Haven't tried it yet, but I imagine I will have the same problem with sound quality. :(

    Actually I downloaded the trials for several recorders:
    Advanced MP3 WMA recorder
    ARWizard 3
    Allsound recorder xp
    i-sound WMA mp3 recorder
    3d mp3 sound recorder 3.8.7
    AIPL Singulator

    They all seem to work ok recording, except for my problem with playback. The one that seemed a little more advanced that spotted my problem and refused to even record, was the 3d mp3 recorder.

    Thanks for your suggestion. Glad to know you have some experience with converting. I may need your help again, once I get going.

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