Baktrack's cassette to mp3 conversion process involves just three easy steps.
- Connect your stereo or audio playing device to your computer with a standard audio cable.
- Click test record and set the volume on your stereo and computer's mic or line in
- Cue up your tape or record and click the start button
Easy to follow videos showing how to use baktrack can be found here. If you prefer more detailed written instructions follow the steps below.
You will need a 3.55 mm audio cable, sometimes referred to as an eighth inch cable to connect your stereo and computer. If you don't have an audio cable you can buy one here.
In some instances stereo headphone jacks are quarter inch. In this case an eighth inch to quarter inch adapter is needed as well. You can buy an adapter here. Most electronic stores will sell both of these items though we can just about guarantee our price is lower.
- Connect to your stereo:
- Click the Apple Menu and choose System Preferences
- Click “Sound”
- Click the “Input” tab and Select “Line In”
- Press play on your stereo if its not already playing and
make sure you see a sound level(Make sure the level is not too high or too low)
- Set Levels:
Connect one end of the cable to your stereo's head phone jack and the other end to your computer's mic input or line input. For newer mac laptops connect to your head phone input
stereo headphone out
line in on mac
Mac users, follow the steps below to set your Sound Preferences. Windows users can skip ahead to step 2. A video covering Mac Sound Preferences can be found here.
Once the cable is connected, make sure your stereo/audio playing device is playing and click “Test Record”.
When the “Adobe Flash Player Settings” prompt appears click “Allow” to allow backtrack to gain access to your mic or line in.
You should see a prompt window showing you your sound level. An MP3 file of your test recording will automatically be sent to your computer once the test record time limit is reached.
Once the test mp3 has downloaded to your computer, open it in Itunes or in the mp3 playing software of your choice and check the sound quality. If you hear distortion or other sound quality issues you most likely have your stereo volume, line In volume or mic in vloume set too high. Click here to view sound issues video help.
If the test recording sounded good you are ready to begin. Cue up your tape and click the “record” button. Baktrack is set to separate your tracks automatically when it encounters silence. If you want to separate your tracks manually, uncheck the “Separate tracks automatically” check box. Check back again to learn more about other backtrack features. More is on the way.