im a bit confused i have a couple of tapes to rip i know how to convert them but not sure which program is best to clean them up i cannot really afford sound forge its to expensive is there any others that are ok?
I my opinion it's not really worth cleaning up the sound quality as a lot of noise reduction plugins remove unnecessary data in the music. If you remove the hiss you're likely to also be removing some of the frequencies and data in the tunes
When I encode old mixes I just splice sides A and B together so it's one file, normalise everything to 0db and leave it the fuck alone
I wanna hear it sound like it did in 91 when I first got the tape!