Restore LPs and tapes

Interested in easily converting your old LPs or cassettes to CDs or MP3s? In the box you’ll find the install CD as well as a lead with stereo phono plugs on one end and a headphone mini-jack on the other for connecting your hi-fi to your PC.

Getting your audio into Cleaning Lab is a straightforward process. Click on Import at the bottom of the main window and you’re presented with three large buttons. One of these is for importing WAV, WMA and MP3 files, one is for recording your own audio via your sound card, and the third is for ripping audio from CD. If you can’t figure out this lot, turn to Magix’s excellent video guide (included). Once you’ve transferred the audio to your PC, the waveforms for the tracks are displayed on a timeline. You can shift different songs around on this timeline and add track markers for the start points of each tune for editing your CD burning at a later stage. There are also editing tools for topping and tailing your tunes, creating fade-ins or -outs, and changing the overall volume of the music (see here for a screenshot).

Although the Declicker, Denoiser and Decrackler cleaning tools all do good jobs, be wary of overdoing it. If your vinyl or tape recordings are in a bad condition, no amount of messing about can make them sound like pristine tracks ripped from CD. Cleaner Lab is easy to use but it lacks more sophisticated tools offered in software such as Pinnacle’s Clean.

Magix Audio Cleaning Lab Deluxe 2004
Price: £29.99 (approx. $70)
Vendor: FastTrak
URL: www.fasttrak.co.uk

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