With FRONTX installed into your PC system, reaching your Audio-In /
Line-In port becomes so convenient. Now you can record your own MP3 files
from cassette tapes or external source with ease.
To start, just follow these 6 simple steps :
Plug the output from your tape player into FRONTX Audio-In port... You can
use a Sony Walkman as the external audio source, and then all you need
is a cable with 1/8" stereo miniplugs on each end - plug one end into the
headphone socket of the Walkman, and the other into FRONTX Audio-In port.
Turn the volume on the Walkman all the way down, fire up your system volume
control and choose Options > Properties > Recording and select the the
Press play on the Walkman, and gently turn up the volume until you get a
level which registers well but doesn't clip (shown by the red "lights" in the
volume control level indicator) during the loudest parts.
To record the WAV files you'll need a program capable of recording large
is a good program which will also allow you to edit your WAV files. If you
want "CD Quality" be sure to set the controls in your WAV recording program
to 44.1 kbs, stereo, 16 bit. Be warned that you'll need about 10Mb of hard-disk
space for each minute recorded.
Once you've recorded the file, use the WAV recording/editing program's "cut"
function to trim off any extra stuff before the beginning or after the end
of the song.
If you just want to put it onto an audio CD, you can do that directly from the
WAV file. If you want an MP3 file, you'll have to use an MP3 encoder to
process your WAV file. You can download it from CDex
- it's free and includes the Blade and LAME encoders.
If you want to record the sound directly into MP3 format without going
through WAV file, you may try the free MP3 encorder (limited features) from
It's that simple. Enjoy the wonders of MP3 and turn your PC into a music