The basics of 'writing' your favourite books to tape cassettes, CD and MP3.
If you're physically no longer able to read for any length of time, or very busy, what better way to relax than listen to your favourite books, around the house or while out driving?
Backing up VINYL and other RECORDS TO COMPUTER
Some general advice on this subject
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This article came about thanks to the need to record the Elsie Oxenham books for a member of the Abbey Club of Australia. The member concerned is no longer able to physically read a book, but enjoys listening to her favourite stories.
LEARN FROM THE PROFESSIONALS
IF USING CASSETTE TAPES
You can add your name after the title, if you wish - read by on the first cassette.
Read all the Chapter numbers and headings. When you come to the end, speak the words: "The end." It makes the final edit easier!
Finish each tape at the end of a paragraph. If you get to the end without realising just go back and erase to the end of the previous paragraph. Then start again on the next tape.
Label each side of every cassette with the name of the book and the side number; e.g. 6 cassettes should be labeled sides 1-12.
Set the volume level for recording on about half, but record several minutes and play it back. This may vary for different voices or machines.
Place the tape recorder as far away as possible when recording . If you have it close, the microphone picks up the sound of the motor. If you have an inbuilt microphone as well as a plug-in one, it will be necessary to put adhesive tape over the inbuilt one to stop it picking up the whirring of the motor. The whirring is magnified when copies are made of the tapes.
If you stumble badly, or make a mistake over a word, just rewind to the beginning of the sentence and tape it again.
If you have a clip-on microphone/headphones, clip it to your collar or neckline, but make sure nothing is rubbing or knocking against it like jewelry or your hair. If you leave the headphones on after checking the last bit, have the wire coming down you back, otherwise each time you move your head, the wire creates interference by knocking on the microphone.
If you have a hand-held microphone, experiment with various microphone positions to get the best recording.
A pronunciation tip: If you're recording a book with local variations in place names, etc., check first with locals as to the correct pronunciation.
If you want to transfer your tapes to CD, read on.
RECORDING ONTO CD via your COMPUTER which must
have a CD or DVD burner!
YOU'LL NEED A RECORDING PROGRAM.
IF YOU WANT TO SAVE SPACE, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
BURNING as MP3.
Keep records of each stage of your task. The following is Barbara's version.
REMEMBER, this is a very basic introduction to recording your favourite books to audio. If you have questions, ask via the CB&M Yahoo list, or via any other lists with which CB&M is involved.
COPYRIGHT: We recommend you limit such recordings for personal use only and only if commercial recordings aren't available.
VINYL and other RECORDS TO
I can offer some hints re the audio capture of records to computer....first stage here is to physically wash the records..using a mild hand detergent (diluted with tap water) and spread it over the record gently with a soft / fine fibred paint brush....gently run the paint brush over and into the grooves..all this has to be done quickly as the records need to be rinsed promptly again using the paint brush - a very fine one...to thoroughly rid the grooves of the detergent.
Dry off in a clean area...and after an hour or so, wipe the record with a fine clean, white cotton cloth. All this gets rid of built up dust and dirt in the grooves...takes out lots of crackle and even some clicks and pops.
Wait for a few more hours before recording to computer....