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Audio Capture

Getting Started

  • Before starting, you will need to check out a pair of audio headphones and an audio jack from the Service Center Desk on the main floor of the library.
    • 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.

  • This guide is for those extracting their audio files from a microcassette or mini disk. You will need the appropriate player to extract your files. These will be located on the shelves with the other equipment.

  • Create yourself a folder in the D: Drive Storage folder and label it with your network ID.

  • Plug the audio jack labeled AUX into the microcassette/mini disk player. This will be hanging on the side of the equipment stack.


  • 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 2 (AUX).


  • Open the Sound Forge Audio Studio, located in the AUDIO folder on the desktop.

  • For microcassettes
    • Load the microcassette so that the tape is visible to you. The arrow on the player shows which way the tape will play -it's the opposite of regular cassettes.
    • If the speed sounds off, check the tape speed switch on the back of the microcassette player and adjust if need be.
  • To test the audio quality, press the play button on the player.
  • Once satisfied with the quality of the audio, stop the player 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 .

Saving and Additional Steps

  • The next step is to Normalize the audio. To do this, go to "Process" and select "Normalize." A pop up window will appear. Press "OK.

  • Save the file in your CaseID folder in D: Drive Storage.
    • For microcassettes: Go to "save as" and choose Format Settings and choose 44100 Hz: 16 bit: Mono. Click OK.