I'm back. I went rock climbing in the eastern Sierra. I went to Best Buy yesterday to purchase the adaptors to be able to hook my reel to reel to my computer. As d_deweywright pointed out my computer has an "Audio In" 3.5 jack. The output on my reel to reel is 1/4 in plug. The fellow at Best Buy (He seems very knowledgable) told me the best way to do this is by using their audio recorder: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/audio-recorder-2-0-deluxe-windows/3345338.p?id=1218396588553&skuId=3345338He said If I hook my reel to reel directly to my computer sometimes there is too much volume coming out of the reel to reel and this causes problems. Their product has a processor that apparently eliminates this issue and facilitates making the connection from the reel to reel to the computer. It has usb out of their processor and usb into my computer. If you all don't think I need this processor, I'm having trouble finding a cord that will take the output of my tape recorder (two 1/4' mono female ports) to the input on my computer (one mono female 3.5mm jack) can someone suggest where I can get that. They didn't have it at best buy.
As I said earlier, I'm not at all computer literate so want to this very simple. I'm sure it will make no difference if I use a Wave file or a MP-3 file as the reel to reel recordings are not very high quality and mostly voice I recorded with not so good microphones. Probably the only editing I will want to do is (like I said earlier) is create tracks on the final audio CD. The fellow at Best Buy said, unless the hiss is very bad, which it isn't, I shouldn't even edit out the hiss cause I would destroy some of the sound quality.So what would be the easiest way to do what I am describing. d_deweywright: You suggested using CD Wave. I looked that up on Youtube and there were no tutorials for it whereas Audacity has a bunch. Believe me, I need all the tutorials I can get.