questionshas anyone successfully converted cassette tapes…

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I use a program called Audacity on Windows to do audio capture from various sources. Your Dell desktop may have a line in connector that you could use to get the audio from the headphone jack of a cassette player into the PC.

Audacity is a very serious audio editor - it can look very intimidating to the novice (which I was when I started using it) but after 10 minutes of experimentation I was able to do a live audio capture and chop it up into separate tracks for burning to a CD. There are tutorials available online.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

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All of out cassettes are now MP3s. Just make sure that your heads are cleaned before you start the recording session.

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I'll second @durkzilla on using Audacity & you can't beat the price (free). I used to use Audacity before switching to Adobe Audition. Basically all you are trying to do is convert an analog signal into digital form. Connect your cassette player to the line-in on your soundcard using a 3.5mm (1/8-inch) male-male stereo audio cable(do not use your mic jack for this as it is a mono signal). Start your recording software then start your cassette. I can't remember if audacity exports @320kbps, its been a while. If it doesn't, I would recommend recording as a wav file & convert that to 320kbps mp3's using something like "Lame mp3 Encoder". Look up tutorials on Noise Reduction/Removal tool for Audacity, you'll need it to get rid of tape hiss.

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No, it has never been done before. Stop with your hare-brained schemes.