To transfer cassette tapes to CD

By | April 4, 2021


Insert the red and white ends of the ‘Y’ cable into the matching slots on the socket on the cassette player.


Plug the 1/8 inch end of the ‘Y’ cable into the computer’s line in ‘or’ mic ‘socket. Make sure the computer is turned off, as it may cause a loud ‘pop’ sound if it is on when the cable is plugged in.


Turn on the cassette player and PC.


Click the Windows logo at the bottom left of the computer screen. This will open a small popup window on the left side of the computer screen.


Type ‘Audio Recorder’ in the ‘Search’ line at the bottom of the pop-up window and click ‘enter’.


Click the ‘Record’ button on the audio recorder. When the recorder has started, press ‘play’ on the cassette player to start the tape.


Press ‘Stop recording’ when the song or the entire cassette is finished playing.


Select the file as needed, ‘Dad’s cassette’ and click ‘Save’ to make sure the new file is saved on the computer’s. ‘Send to’.

Select the CD-RW drive, which is usually labeled ‘F’ or ‘G’ in newer PCs, ‘C’ or ‘D’ in older computers. This starts the burning process, saving the audio file to the blank CD.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep cassette tapes in a safe place after transferring them to a CD. effort later if the CD is lost or if the digital audio file is damaged in some way. A new audio file that has been transferred from a cassette to a computer can be opened and played with any audio player iTunes or Windows Media Player. Free audio software such as Audacity can be used to edit and ‘clean up’ an audio file.
  • With the invention of the CD in the 1990s, the cassette is quickly put to the benefit of this new recording medium. Even though most of us buy all our new recordings on CD, we still own countless audio cassettes full of our favorite music. Instead of throwing out the outdated cassettes, with a PC and blank CDs, it is possible to transfer all our favorite music from cassette to CD, without having to repurchase each album.