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    SEP2007

    I've just got a microphone for the computer and have been using the sound recorder that comes with XP, but it only records 60 seconds of sound at one time.

    Can anyone recommend a software package I could use to record sound for longer periods of time ?


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    alwaysmc2

    There is a work-around.  In Sound Recorder, record a short audio clip.  Then, move the slider to the beginning of the clip and press Ctrl+C, then Ctrl+V.  If you do that a few times, the length of the clip will grow exponentially, and you can record for much longer.
    (By the way, this problem is fixed in Vista.)

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    littleguru

    This one (Audacity) isn't bad.

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    littleguru

    alwaysmc2 wrote:
    (By the way, this problem is fixed in Vista.)


    Wow (another one)! The Sound Recorder in Vista is COOL!

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    Cannot​Resolve​Symbol

    littleguru wrote:
    This one (Audacity) isn't bad.


    Audacity is wonderful--  used it to record over an hour of audio once and it didn't even hiccup.

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    alwaysmc2

    littleguru wrote:
    
    alwaysmc2 wrote: (By the way, this problem is fixed in Vista.)


    Wow (another one)! The Sound Recorder in Vista is COOL!

    lol

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    littleguru

    alwaysmc2 wrote:
    
    littleguru wrote: 
    alwaysmc2 wrote: (By the way, this problem is fixed in Vista.)


    Wow (another one)! The Sound Recorder in Vista is COOL!

    lol


    Yes that is really cool. Simple, does everything that is expected and works! The UI is also very straight forward. Everybody can use this app!

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    TommyCarlier

    That looks like the best UI I have seen in a while. If only more apps were as simple to use.

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    littleguru

    Rossj wrote:
    
    TommyCarlier wrote: That looks like the best UI I have seen in a while. If only more apps were as simple to use.


    I must be a weirdo because I think it is *still* too complicated. I fully expect some semiotician to arrive and tell me I am crazy, but a quick straw poll - what does the red circle mean? Or the green triangle pointing right? What's with the far too prominent help?


    Well the red dot you should recognize from your old casette recorder (if you still own one) and you are not supposed to click the triangle Tongue Out

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    Rossj

    TommyCarlier wrote:
    That looks like the best UI I have seen in a while. If only more apps were as simple to use.


    I must be a weirdo because I think it is *still* too complicated. I fully expect some semiotician to arrive and tell me I am crazy, but a quick straw poll - what does the red circle mean? Or the green triangle pointing right? What's with the far too prominent help?

    While I think about it - what is the grey box for? Does it show progress or a waveform (so I can see when I am talking too loudly - something I do a lot)?

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    W3bbo

    TommyCarlier wrote:
    That looks like the best UI I have seen in a while. If only more apps were as simple to use.


    Where's the scrubber and editing tools gone?

    So much for the childish delights of speeding one's voice up 100% or reversing it.

    But yeah, for any voice-recording work use Audacity.

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    SEP2007

    Thanks

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    littleguru

    W3bbo wrote:
    Where's the scrubber and editing tools gone?

    So much for the childish delights of speeding one's voice up 100% or reversing it.


    Like you are missing them Tongue Out I don't believe you, W3bbo Big Smile

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    CSMR

    SEP2007 wrote:
    I've just got a microphone for the computer and have been using the sound recorder that comes with XP, but it only records 60 seconds of sound at one time.

    Can anyone recommend a software package I could use to record sound for longer periods of time ?

    I would suggest foobar.

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    W3bbo

    CSMR wrote:
    
    SEP2007 wrote:I've just got a microphone for the computer and have been using the sound recorder that comes with XP, but it only records 60 seconds of sound at one time.

    Can anyone recommend a software package I could use to record sound for longer periods of time ?

    I would suggest foobar.


    Foobar is a jukebox-like program (in the same vein as Winamp 2.x)

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    CSMR

    W3bbo wrote:
    Foobar is a jukebox-like program (in the same vein as Winamp 2.x)

    Oops, the new version of foobar doesn't do recording. Shame, it was quite handy. My mistake.

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    Sven Groot

    Rossj wrote:
    I must be a weirdo because I think it is *still* too complicated. I fully expect some semiotician to arrive and tell me I am crazy, but a quick straw poll - what does the red circle mean? Or the green triangle pointing right? What's with the far too prominent help?

    I must be blind or something but I can't see a green triangle in that screenshot... And the red circle thing, is there anyone who doesn't know what that means? Casette players, VCRs, and even my parents' brand new DVR all use it. Plus if you really don't know, it says "Start recording" right next to it, that ought to be a hint. Smiley

    Rossj wrote:
    While I think about it - what is the grey box for? Does it show progress or a waveform (so I can see when I am talking too loudly - something I do a lot)?

    It shows volume, so you can use it to see when you're talking too loud. No waveform though.

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    Rossj

    Sven Groot wrote:
    
    Rossj wrote:I must be a weirdo because I think it is *still* too complicated. I fully expect some semiotician to arrive and tell me I am crazy, but a quick straw poll - what does the red circle mean? Or the green triangle pointing right? What's with the far too prominent help?

    I must be blind or something but I can't see a green triangle in that screenshot... And the red circle thing, is there anyone who doesn't know what that means? Casette players, VCRs, and even my parents' brand new DVR all use it. Plus if you really don't know, it says "Start recording" right next to it, that ought to be a hint.



    That was *exactly* my point, there isn't a green triangle to re-play what you recorded - but you know what one is, in the same way you know what the red circle is for. I was questioning the need for the "Start recording" text, it seems a little unnecessary.

    But there are bound to be some people who don't know what they mean, which is probably why the text is there - and why I expected someone fully versed in semiotics to tell me that it is necessary.

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