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Audio Capture

Getting Started

  • Create a folder in the D: Drive Storage folder and label it with your network ID. This is where you will save all of your files.

  • Check out a pair of analog headphones with an audio jack from the Service Center Desk on the main floor of the library.
  • Insert the analog headset into an audio jack, then into the port on top of the desk at the video station.
    • The silver knob next to the jack port controls the volume.
    • NOTE: You are now able to use the headphones without the adapter at the viewing stations. 
  • Insert the adapter and headphones into the audio jack port that is next to the monitor. The the slider indicated in the red box controls the volume of the corresponding audio port. In this case, it one indicated in the red box corresponds to the two audio ports indicated by red arrows.

  • Ensure that the cassette to be converted is clean.
  • Power on the cassette player.

  • Push the eject button and place the cassette into the cassette player.

  • Turn on the box on the top by pushing the power button, marked with the red box in the image below. The box on the bottom should be powered off.‚Äč
  • Push the toggle button, marked in blue box, and choose setting 1 (Tape).


  • Find the position on the tape where the audio to be recorded is located.
  • Open the Sound Forge Audio Studio, located in the AUDIO folder on the desktop.

  • To test the audio quality, press the play button on the cassette player.
  • Once satisfied with the quality of the audio, stop the cassette and rewind to the starting point.
  • Now we're ready to start the recording process:
    • Click the record button in Sound Forge. This will pop up another window.

  • Make sure Audio Input is set to IN (3-UA-1EX).
  • Press the record button in this window to begin recording the file onto the computer.

  • Press the Play button on the cassette player.
  • Once the tape is finished recording, press the stop button and close the pop up window.

  • Save the file in your CaseID folder in D-User Storage .

Creating an Audio File

If you'd like to separate the audio into tracks:

  • Zoom in on the audio file to easily see the beginning and end of each segment.
  • Click near the beginning of the clip and press M on the keyboard or right click and select Insert Marker to create a marker.
    • This marker can then be dragged as close to the clip as possible.
  • Make a marker at the beginning and the end of each clip.
  • Zoom back out to see all the markers/clips together.
  • Double click on a clip. (This will automatically highlight from one marker to the next).
  • Press Ctrl + C to copy, then Ctrl + E to move a copy to a new file. Press Ctrl + V to paste a second segment into the same newly created file.

  • In this new file, go to Process and select Normalize. (This will make sure your clip is neither too loud nor too soft.)
  • Press OK on the normalize dialog box.

  • Save the new file in your folder by going to File --> Save as.