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Step 1: Open Audacity

Step 1 Open Audacity

Log into the PC laptop. Make sure that the cable labeled "tape deck" is plugged into the mic input  on the laptop.

Double click on the Audacity icon        on the desktop.



Step 2: Select Blackmagic Input and Output

Step 2 Preview Audio

Plug in headphones to tape deck and press play.

Select the 'Click to Start Monitoring' text at the top of the Audacity window.

You should see activity in the window like that in the screenshot below.


Step 4: Capture Audio

Step 3 Capture Audio

When you are ready to record, select the Recording button. Select the Stop button when finished. Remember to stop the tape player.


You do not have to listen to the audiocassette to monitor its recording progress. Sound will display in the track window. 


Step 5: Save Your File

Step 4 Save Your File

Make sure your USB is connected to the computer.

Go to File -> Export Audio in the Audacity menu.


Save your file in the WAV format. Make sure the file name ends in .wav  .


Give it a name that is consistent and obvious.


When you save the file, a window will appear for you to enter metadata (description info) about the file. Be sure to include how the file was digitized and who owns the rights to the recording.


Want to Save Another Way?

Want to Save Another Way?

See the Saving and sharing tab at the top of this page for more information.

If you want to burn your audio recording(s) to a CD, plug in the Memorex external drive and instert a blank CD-R.

A pop up window will appear. Select "Burn an audio CD" if you want to play the CD in a CD player.

Make sure that the Blank Disc (D:) is selected in your library. Drag the audio files you want to burn into the Burn list on the right-hand side of the window. When you are ready, select "Start Burn". You will be notified when it's complete.


Step 7: You're done!

Step 5 You're Done!

Safely eject your cd from the Memorex drive from the laptop.
Eject your tape from the tape deck.
Notify a staff member that you are finished using the lab.


Audio Cassette

Read about the audio cassette on Wikipedia.

"Tdkc60cassette". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -


How much time will this take?

1 hour of audio = 1.25 hours to fully digitize.

Capture happens in real time, and then the file must be encoded, described, and saved to ensure it will last.

We recommend digitizing no more than 2 hours of audio in a lab session.


How much storage space will I need?

1 hour of audio = 620 MB when saved with our instructions.



What if I don't have an external hard drive or USB?

Go to the Saving Options tab at the top of this page for other ways to save.


What equipment will I use today?

TEAC W-890R MKII Double Auto Reverse Cassette Deck

Blackmagic UltraStudio Express converter

PC laptop


What software will I use today?




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