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ATPM 6.12
December 2000


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Pat Gates · November 27, 2001 - 19:24 EST #1
Have a bunch of old (but beautiful) 33 speed phono records. What do I buy to record these over to CDs? Must I buy a ton of equipment or is there some way to record that great music (Broadway Shows) onto CDs and have that good music run for hours? Thanks so much.
Lee Bennett (ATPM Staff) · November 27, 2001 - 19:43 EST #2
Pat - assuming you already have a record player and a CD burner, you're already in good shape. You'll need whatever cables will adapt the output of your record player (make sure it's the regular line level out, and not going through an amplifier) to the stereo 3.5mm audio input jack of your computer. If you're using a new iBook, you'll need the adapter sold by Apple. And if you have one of the latest desktop computers that don't have audio input, you'll have to get some sort of card to give your Mac audio in capability. The easiest would probably be a device that plugs into the USB port. I believe I've seen one that even lets you plug in the twin RCA phono plugs instead of a single stereo 3.5mm jack. Then, you'll need recording software. There's all varieties and you'll have to do some consumer research as to which is best for you and your wallet. SoundEdit Pro is a great package, but costly, and includes features you will probably never need. On the opposite end of the spectrum, there's a free program called SoundRecorder. You can usually find this one on the regular shareware archives such as Info-Mac, Mac Download, and Tucows. SoundRecorder won't let you edit the recordings, so you'll have to carefully time when you start the recording with when the music actually starts playing, and vice versa for the end of the song. With an editing package, you can just record a little extra on both ends and snip off the silence afterward. Finally, your CD burner likely has software to burn an audio CD. Just use your newly-created audio files you just recorded and burn away. (FWIW, Toast is the best for this step. If you don't have it, I highly recommend investing in it.) Good luck!
Robbie · June 30, 2002 - 19:59 EST #3
I was looking for a site to get some specifics on CD burners before I went out and bought one. Your site came up in the search. But after reading some of the questions and answers, I'm not sure I want to get a burner now. All that techno talk about creating partitions, G3 towers, SCSI or FireWire connections, none of which I know anything about, has scared the desire for a CD burner right out of me. I don't know what kind of tower I have. I'm sure I couldn't create a partition if my life depended on it and I never heard of a SCSI or FireWire connection. Am I making too much out of all this. Is the process of connecting an external CD burner (which was what I wanted) less complicated than it sounds to me?
Gregory Tetrault (ATPM Staff) · July 1, 2002 - 17:01 EST #4
Robbie: Adding external burners isn't extremely complicated. The article you read covered some exceptional situations, so it included information that probably is not relevant to your situation. If you e-mail me with information about your current Macintosh equipment and on why you need a CD burner, I can advise you about the best way to proceed.
Tref Lessard · October 7, 2006 - 19:45 EST #5
October 7, 2006

Recently when purchasing CD-R and CD-RW, suddenly my Philip recorder will not except them for recording. I was made aware that CDs are now faster then was when I purchased my recorder in year 2000. I learned that CDs at 4X speed works fine but those marked 38X and faster, The recorder will not be except them. However it will play a recorded CD of the faster speed. I am told that I can download from Philips firmware for my recorder, I have Model CDR775. I am having difficulty in finding the place on Philip's site where I can download the firmware to update my recorder. Can you help me?
Tref Lessard

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