Transfer cassette to digital file... best file type?

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  1. FogCityMac macrumors member

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    With some help, ie, going to someone to do the transfer for me, I will be transferring a cassette tape to a digital file. I have a couple of questions:

    1) What is the best file type to use? I want something that can be played on a Mac.

    2) I may need to do some (simple) editing. For example, identifying a segment of the complete tape and saving that portion as another file. Does the typically loaded software on a MBP have something to help with this? If so, what is it? If not, is there an app I should get? This is for one tape and I do not believe I will have an on-going need for this.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    16 bit, 44.1kHz WAV files should be more than ample.

    You can edit that with "Audacity", an excellent, free app.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    To add to what Brian said above, it can be _either_ a "WAV" file or an "aiff" file (also called "aif").

    Both are CD quality "uncompressed" formats, and both can be easily edited with any audio app.

    And again, you want 44.1khz, 16-bits.

    NOTE: these files will be LARGE. Figure on 10mb of disk space per minute of recording.

    If these files will be "listened to" on a regular basis after the transfer/editing (i.e., music), you might want to consider converting the edited files into high-bit mp3 format (192 or 256-bits). They will then consume a lot less space.
     

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