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Great tools for getting your old vinyl and tapes onto PC
on 5 January 2004
To be honest I didn't think this would be any good, after all, if getting good quality transfers from old records and tapes was easy then surely we would all know about it by now. But what a pleasant surprise to find that the Magix tools are very good at the job, and are nowhere near as complicated to use as I thought they might be.
When you first get started you are treated to a really easy guide to getting your record player/amplifier connected to your PC, and then it is all go!
The tools included allow you to record from your old vinyl and then by using the appropriate 'wizard' split up the recording into separate tracks. The 'wizards' also allow you to perform a variety of tasks to improve the sound quality. You can de-hiss and de-click, and also select a sample of background noise (e.g. from the beginning or end of the record) and have that noise removed from the whole track. You can also 'compress' the audio to get rid of any sudden loud bits, and there is also an equaliser to shape the sound.
After you have been using it for a while you can start fiddling with the settings, and it is possible to get better results than the automatic settings on the 'wizards'. However, the 'wizards' do a really good job anyway, so you don't need to be a sound engineer to get it to work!
I'm really pleased with the Audio Cleaning Lab and I think you will be too. It is great value and has all the features you need to get a really good copy of your old music onto your PC so you can turn it into mp3 or burn it to CD.