Thanks guys! Somehow I thought I;d get answers like that knowing this a
highly "technical" group. I know I didn't want to transfer my Lps using one of
those cheap combo jobs.
Actually at this point in my life - 62 - I'm spending so much time listening
to new releases of old material (for my monthly column in In The Groove)
that I'm not about to build up a big library. Basically I want music on the go.
And, I don't want to be a "sound archive" as my materials isn't THAT rare!
Look, doesn't everyone have hours of old radio comedy shows? And after those of
us over 50 (60?) go no one will want them anyway.
My problem with cassettes and reels is that I don't have time to figure out
where in the tape there is a song I want to hear. Looking at the demo on Spin
It Again, I fugured I could set up a portable tape player next to my PC, run
the tape through the software to the PC and it would pretty much separate the
tracks between silence. Then I could index it and burn to CDs if I want. My
PC probably has a decent sound card. Heck, I'm happy with the radio shows I
record with Total Recorder - which at less than $20.00 is something I love and
it's easy for a dummy like me to use.
Tom, you pointed out value of time. I agree and that's why I wanted
something that would work quickly and easily and I'm not planning on doing it for
anyone's ears but mine. I have mid range speakers on my stereo and my MP3
player. I'm into the content not whether the frequency is high or low. Spin it
again offers declickers in the software. It's low end I realize.
I tried to use Audacity to cut up a long program once and got, not only
stumped, but it took time. It's way too technical for me. And my Dell PC cost
less than $500. without a monitor so I'm not looking to even put $75.00 more
into a sound card. I just thought this might serve my purpose.
If you guys want, maybe someone can go to their site and look at demo and
give me thoughts on the downside of using it ASSUMING you want dubbing for
dummies of mostly speech, voices and some live concert recordings - that will
eventually be discarded.. and not spend over $50.
Though it's somewhat different, I've been reading a lot of articles lately
to transfer slides (Photo slides) to digital. I was one of those who only took
slides cause they were cheaper than prints. I have thousands. Well, the
consensus of all is that there is NO INEXPENSIVE way to do it. If you have done
by services it comes to about 50 cents per slide scanned. If you do it yourself
it will take at least 3 minutes per slide to scan and save PLUS the cost of
a $100. scanner. Multiply this by time value and a few thousand slides and
you can see it won't work. I have no heirs who will care anyway. But these
technological changes have really moved fast in our lifetime.
So thanks for the replies. I won't do anything right away but I might use
their free trial (which lets you record indefinitely but only burn three CDs or
or save 3 digital files.
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