Music Management: MAGIX Rescue Your Vinyl & Tapes!4 review

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MAGIX Rescue Your Vinyl Tapes 4Introduction:

For those of you that still haven't managed to build (or rebuild) your auido library in a digital format the task can be daunting, and potentially costly if you consider the money required to purchase all of your music collection in a digital format. There are a number of software and hardware options to consider when backing up vinyl and tapes, but one that we have reviewed in the past and performed very well was MAGIX Rescue Your Vinyl & Tapes (despite the length of the package name!). Three iterations on and the software has reached version 4, so lets see what has changed....

Specifications:

Supported operating systems

Microsoft® Windows® 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® Vista® (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft® Windows® XP (32-bit)

Minimum system requirements

All MAGIX programs are developed with user-friendliness in mind so that all the basic functions run smoothly and can be fully controlled, even on low-performance computers. Please refer to your operating system’s control panel for technical information on your computer.
Processor: 1 GHz or higher
RAM: 512 MB
Graphics card: Onboard graphics card with a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
Sound card: Internal sound card
Hard disk memory: 500 MB free disk space for program installation
Optical drive: CD/DVD drive (only for installation of the box version)
Optional:
Burning: CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW or DVD-RAM burner
Note: The program's internal online services and the online update require an Internet connection.

Supported file formats
Supported import formats:
Audio: WAV, MP3, WMA, AIFF, OGG Vorbis, M3U, CUE, CD-A, FLAC, AAC
Video sound: AVI, WMV, MXV, MOV, DV-AVI, MPEG-22)
Supported export formats:
Audio: WAV, MP31), MP3 Surround1), WMA, AIFF, OGG Vorbis, CD-A, FLAC, MP3 DVD, AAC2), Audio DVD, Data DVD
Video sound: AVI

Review:

Clearly re-purchasing an entire music collection in a digital format (via iTunes or elsewhere) is not an option for most due to costs. Recording and "ripping" music from existing formats (vinyl and tapes) provides a much more economical, although more time consuming, way of building your digital music library and as such it pays to have a piece of software that does a good job.MAGIX Rescue Your Vinyl & Tapes! 4 ticks all of the boxes with a simple to use software for recording and restoring your music and still includes a good quality pre-amp that allows you to connect your tape deck or record player directly to your PC without the need for a dedicated amplifier which doesn't appear to have changed a great deal between the versions.

The included software (MAGIX Audio Cleaning lab) has changed significantly over the versions to include a much more streamlined, wizard-based system with a multitude of presets for audio optimisation to remove any unwanted noise. The process can now be essentially automated (although there is still room to tweak for those who want to take more of an active part in the optimisation process). In the latest version, in order to further speed up the transfer process with support for high-speed dubbing from tape decks, automatic noise reduction and more presets to apply to recordings to remove specific background. As an MX version of the software, integration with other MAGIX packages is simple, with music files can be easily exported to other MAGIX MX software (for example MAGIX MP3 Deluxe).

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In our tests the softwrae was very simple to use, with the wizards making easy work of recording music from either tape or vinyl and subsequent processing (audio cleaning and backing up to optical disk) and should be suitable for users of any level. Tutorials and an in depth manual (in PDF format) provide more than enough information to allow you to use all of the features. Helpfully the system requirements aren't too high allowing it to be used on older as well as more modern computers, so there is no need to buy a new PC just to back up your collection (although having a newer PC will make it a bit faster!).

Price:

~£50 from Amazon: Rescue Your Vinyl 4 (PC)

Verdict:

4/5 - The updated version of MAGIX Rescue Your Vinyl & Tapes! 4 provides improvements on an already good software and pre-amp combination, making the process simpler and faster for any level of user to backup their music collection in a digital format.