Simple Recording Software

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Rob J, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. Rob J

    Rob J Guest

    I'm looking for shareware or freeware that enables me to make an
    unbounded recording, that has a simple user interface that is easy to
    configure and use for less-experienced people, and has few hidden
    options on a different screen.

    I want to be able to produce instructions that show a screenshot of the
    main screen and how for people who are not experienced in this
    particular software package to be able to tell that they have all the
    correct settings i.e. someone hasn't altered the settings.

    There is probably no absolute ideal package. While I have used Goldwave
    in the past, its biggest lack is its complexity, with many unneeded
    features. I do not need a super duper editor, I do need a simple
    recording application, as all the people doing the recordings need to
    know is how to record, someone else can do the editing later.

    At the moment I am evaluating the following software packages available
    from Tucows:

    * Audio Recorder Pro
    * Alive WMA MP3 Recorder
    * ACA Audio Recorder
    * ABS AudioRoom CD Recorder and Editor

    and would like opinions on these, or any alternative software packages
    that fulfill the same sort of functionality.

    We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    input, from a sound desk,
     
    Rob J, Dec 28, 2005
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  2. Rob J

    Dave Taylor Guest

    Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    @news.chc.ihug.co.nz:

    > We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    > input, from a sound desk,
    >


    Audacity
    http://audacity.sourceforge.net/


    --
    Ciao, Dave
     
    Dave Taylor, Dec 28, 2005
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  3. Rob J

    Philip Guest

    Dave Taylor wrote:
    > Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    > @news.chc.ihug.co.nz:
    >
    >> We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    >> input, from a sound desk,
    >>

    >
    > Audacity
    > http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
    >
    >

    I wholly agree. I use this program every day at the studio, and it
    hasn't yet let me down.

    The current stable version is 1.2.4, and a greatly enhanced version 1.3
    is availabe in beta from the website.

    Philip
     
    Philip, Dec 28, 2005
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  4. Rob J

    Bob Guest

    Wavepad
    http://nch.com.au/wavepad/index.html

    "Rob J" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > I'm looking for shareware or freeware that enables me to make an
    > unbounded recording, that has a simple user interface that is easy to
    > configure and use for less-experienced people, and has few hidden
    > options on a different screen.
    >
    > I want to be able to produce instructions that show a screenshot of the
    > main screen and how for people who are not experienced in this
    > particular software package to be able to tell that they have all the
    > correct settings i.e. someone hasn't altered the settings.
    >
    > There is probably no absolute ideal package. While I have used Goldwave
    > in the past, its biggest lack is its complexity, with many unneeded
    > features. I do not need a super duper editor, I do need a simple
    > recording application, as all the people doing the recordings need to
    > know is how to record, someone else can do the editing later.
    >
    > At the moment I am evaluating the following software packages available
    > from Tucows:
    >
    > * Audio Recorder Pro
    > * Alive WMA MP3 Recorder
    > * ACA Audio Recorder
    > * ABS AudioRoom CD Recorder and Editor
    >
    > and would like opinions on these, or any alternative software packages
    > that fulfill the same sort of functionality.
    >
    > We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    > input, from a sound desk,
     
    Bob, Dec 28, 2005
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  5. "Rob J" wrote ...
    > I'm looking for shareware or freeware that enables me
    > to make an unbounded recording, that has a simple user
    > interface that is easy to configure and use for less-
    > experienced people, and has few hidden options on a
    > different screen.


    Can you explain what YOU mean by "unbounded"?

    > I want to be able to produce instructions that show a
    > screenshot of the main screen and how for people who
    > are not experienced in this particular software package
    > to be able to tell that they have all the correct settings i.e.
    > someone hasn't altered the settings.


    Perhaps the simplest is the Windows Sound Recorder.
    It comes with an artificial 30-second time limit because
    it was made for recording short audio "notes". But there
    is a work-around for this time limit.
     
    Richard Crowley, Dec 28, 2005
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  6. Rob J

    E. Scrooge Guest

    "Dave Taylor" <> wrote in message
    news:Xns973A9A27EF1Fdaveytaynospamplshot@203.97.37.6...
    > Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    > @news.chc.ihug.co.nz:
    >
    >> We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    >> input, from a sound desk,
    >>

    >
    > Audacity
    > http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
    >
    >
    > --
    > Ciao, Dave


    That's what I would've suggested as well.

    E. Scrooge
     
    E. Scrooge, Dec 28, 2005
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  7. Rob J

    Rob J Guest

    In article <>,
    says...
    > "Rob J" wrote ...
    > > I'm looking for shareware or freeware that enables me
    > > to make an unbounded recording, that has a simple user
    > > interface that is easy to configure and use for less-
    > > experienced people, and has few hidden options on a
    > > different screen.

    >
    > Can you explain what YOU mean by "unbounded"?


    Goldwave uses this term. Older versions of Goldwave would only record to
    files of predefined length. The later versions still require you to
    create a file of a specified length, but if the unbounded setting is
    used they will record continuously until the disk is full, regardless of
    the length specified.

    Better still is not to have to create a file at all - one is
    automatically created when you click Record and has no length limit.

    > > I want to be able to produce instructions that show a
    > > screenshot of the main screen and how for people who
    > > are not experienced in this particular software package
    > > to be able to tell that they have all the correct settings i.e.
    > > someone hasn't altered the settings.

    >
    > Perhaps the simplest is the Windows Sound Recorder.
    > It comes with an artificial 30-second time limit because
    > it was made for recording short audio "notes". But there
    > is a work-around for this time limit.


    I want software that doesn't require you to create a file as the first
    step of making a recording. Recording should be as simple as pressing
    the Record button.
     
    Rob J, Dec 28, 2005
    #7
  8. Rob J

    Take Vos Guest

    Hello,

    Have you looked at Boom Recorder?
    http://www.vosgames.nl/products/BoomRecorder/

    You may record for up to three tracks for free, otherwise you can buy a
    license for 115 Euro.

    I think it has the functionality you requested, except it is software
    for Mac OS X 10.4.

    Regards,
    Take Vos
     
    Take Vos, Dec 28, 2005
    #8
  9. Rob J

    E. Scrooge Guest

    "Rob J" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In article <>,
    > says...
    >> "Rob J" wrote ...
    >> > I'm looking for shareware or freeware that enables me
    >> > to make an unbounded recording, that has a simple user
    >> > interface that is easy to configure and use for less-
    >> > experienced people, and has few hidden options on a
    >> > different screen.

    >>
    >> Can you explain what YOU mean by "unbounded"?

    >
    > Goldwave uses this term. Older versions of Goldwave would only record to
    > files of predefined length. The later versions still require you to
    > create a file of a specified length, but if the unbounded setting is
    > used they will record continuously until the disk is full, regardless of
    > the length specified.
    >
    > Better still is not to have to create a file at all - one is
    > automatically created when you click Record and has no length limit.
    >
    >> > I want to be able to produce instructions that show a
    >> > screenshot of the main screen and how for people who
    >> > are not experienced in this particular software package
    >> > to be able to tell that they have all the correct settings i.e.
    >> > someone hasn't altered the settings.

    >>
    >> Perhaps the simplest is the Windows Sound Recorder.
    >> It comes with an artificial 30-second time limit because
    >> it was made for recording short audio "notes". But there
    >> is a work-around for this time limit.

    >
    > I want software that doesn't require you to create a file as the first
    > step of making a recording. Recording should be as simple as pressing
    > the Record button.


    That's what audacity, though it does suffer from having a set limit...
    Once it's fulled up your hard drive the recording stops unless you decide to
    stop it before it reaches that point.

    And don't do any multi tasking while it's recording as any clicks or window
    associated sounds will be recording along with whatever else you're
    recording. What you hear is what it records.

    E. Scrooge
     
    E. Scrooge, Dec 28, 2005
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  10. E. Scrooge (*sling) wrote:

    > And don't do any multi tasking while it's recording as any clicks or window
    > associated sounds will be recording along with whatever else you're
    > recording. What you hear is what it records.
    >


    This should not happen if recording mixer is set up properly. Line in
    should be chosen instead of what you hear or wave out mix or somethink
    like that.

    The other thing is that in certain circumstances a system sound being
    played while an audio program is operating may change sampling rate or
    bit depth of the audio program operation. It is recommended therefore
    to disable all windows sounds before working with audio.

    If multitasking is required, then I may again suggest foobar2000. In
    general, using this program is rather difficult, but initiating
    recording is quite easy with proper and simple instructions. I
    mentioned multitasking because foobar takes little resources. And, if
    properly configured, foobar will minimize to tray and will not take
    space on the taskbar.

    Anyone who wishes to record long files (limited by HDD space only)
    should take into consideration that wave file size limit is 4GB (or 2GB
    for poorly designed programs). Good program would close the file on
    that limit and start recording to another one automatically without
    loosing a single sample. A not so good program would stop recording at
    the limit. A bad program may crash, destroy the already recorded file,
    or I do not know what else. So if you expect to do long recordings,
    test how your program handles the limit.
     
    Pawel Kusmierek, Dec 28, 2005
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  11. Rob J

    -=rjh=- Guest

    Rob J wrote:
    > I'm looking for shareware or freeware that enables me to make an
    > unbounded recording, that has a simple user interface that is easy to
    > configure and use for less-experienced people, and has few hidden
    > options on a different screen.


    My earlier reply seems to have gone awol (TBird does it again) so this
    might be a dupe.

    Look at StepVoice Recorder, it has a very simple interface, and will
    record files direct to mp3, as large as you like, at a bitrate you preset.

    An alternative that nobody else has mentioned is to just use scripts and
    utilities. For years I was recording unattended at scheduled times,
    using sox, lame and aumix. You just check to see if the apps (or
    anything relevant) is running, set the levels in aumix, pipe the input
    through sox to lame, and out to a file with an automatically generated
    name. You could also use this technique with desktop icons to start and
    stop recording, which makes the interface very simple.
     
    -=rjh=-, Dec 28, 2005
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  12. Rob J

    Rob J Guest

    In article <Xns973A9A27EF1Fdaveytaynospamplshot@203.97.37.6>,
    says...
    > Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    > @news.chc.ihug.co.nz:
    >
    > > We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    > > input, from a sound desk,
    > >

    >
    > Audacity
    > http://audacity.sourceforge.net/


    Not such a bad piece of software, but it doesn't create a temp file,
    instead holding the data in memory.

    Creating a file ensures you have something to keep if the software or PC
    crashes.
     
    Rob J, Dec 28, 2005
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  13. Rob J

    E. Scrooge Guest

    "Rob J" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In article <Xns973A9A27EF1Fdaveytaynospamplshot@203.97.37.6>,
    > says...
    >> Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    >> @news.chc.ihug.co.nz:
    >>
    >> > We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    >> > input, from a sound desk,
    >> >

    >>
    >> Audacity
    >> http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    >
    > Not such a bad piece of software, but it doesn't create a temp file,
    > instead holding the data in memory.
    >
    > Creating a file ensures you have something to keep if the software or PC
    > crashes.


    I wouldn't worry about running any software or even using your PC at all if
    it has a bad habbit of crashing all the time.
    If it's that unreliable why keep using it?

    E. Scrooge
     
    E. Scrooge, Dec 29, 2005
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  14. Rob J

    Murray Symon Guest

    On Thu, 29 Dec 2005 09:59:24 +1300, Rob J wrote:

    > In article <Xns973A9A27EF1Fdaveytaynospamplshot@203.97.37.6>,
    > says...
    >> Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    >> @news.chc.ihug.co.nz:
    >>
    >> > We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    >> > input, from a sound desk,
    >> >
    >> >

    >> Audacity
    >> http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    >
    > Not such a bad piece of software, but it doesn't create a temp file,
    > instead holding the data in memory.
    >
    > Creating a file ensures you have something to keep if the software or PC
    > crashes.


    I have just checked on my machine - Audacity (1.2.4) does create a series
    of temp files in the designated temp directory (set in Preferences menu).

    --
    Murray.
     
    Murray Symon, Dec 29, 2005
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  15. Rob J

    E. Scrooge Guest

    "Murray Symon" <> wrote in message
    news:p...
    > On Thu, 29 Dec 2005 09:59:24 +1300, Rob J wrote:
    >
    >> In article <Xns973A9A27EF1Fdaveytaynospamplshot@203.97.37.6>,
    >> says...
    >>> Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    >>> @news.chc.ihug.co.nz:
    >>>
    >>> > We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    >>> > input, from a sound desk,
    >>> >
    >>> >
    >>> Audacity
    >>> http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    >>
    >> Not such a bad piece of software, but it doesn't create a temp file,
    >> instead holding the data in memory.
    >>
    >> Creating a file ensures you have something to keep if the software or PC
    >> crashes.

    >
    > I have just checked on my machine - Audacity (1.2.4) does create a series
    > of temp files in the designated temp directory (set in Preferences menu).
    >
    > --
    > Murray.


    Shhh! Shhh! He knows better, let him believe what he wants to. ;-)

    I'm quite happy using it. As for someone else going on about using the line
    in, it's a bit hard when recording live streaming off the Net. Which
    Audacity is ideal for.

    E. Scrooge
     
    E. Scrooge, Dec 29, 2005
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  16. E. Scrooge wrote:
    > "Murray Symon" <> wrote in message
    >>On Thu, 29 Dec 2005 09:59:24 +1300, Rob J wrote:
    >>>In article <Xns973A9A27EF1Fdaveytaynospamplshot@203.97.37.6>,
    >>> says...
    >>>>Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    >>>>@news.chc.ihug.co.nz:
    >>>>>We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    >>>>>input, from a sound desk,
    >>>>Audacity
    >>>>http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
    >>>Not such a bad piece of software, but it doesn't create a temp file,
    >>>instead holding the data in memory.
    >>>Creating a file ensures you have something to keep if the software or PC
    >>>crashes.

    >>I have just checked on my machine - Audacity (1.2.4) does create a series
    >>of temp files in the designated temp directory (set in Preferences menu).

    >
    > Shhh! Shhh! He knows better, let him believe what he wants to. ;-)
    >
    > I'm quite happy using it. As for someone else going on about using the line
    > in, it's a bit hard when recording live streaming off the Net. Which
    > Audacity is ideal for.


    Audacity is less than ideal for recording a live stream as it'll recode the
    sound even if it doesn't go through the analogue domain.

    There are winamp plugins for you windows and other specific applications to
    write streams direct to files.

    Audacity does however provide a great solution where DRM stops you capturing a
    stream.
     
    Mark Robinson, Dec 29, 2005
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  17. Rob J

    Rob J Guest

    In article <>,
    d says...
    > On Thu, 29 Dec 2005 09:59:24 +1300, Rob J wrote:
    >
    > > In article <Xns973A9A27EF1Fdaveytaynospamplshot@203.97.37.6>,
    > > says...
    > >> Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    > >> @news.chc.ihug.co.nz:
    > >>
    > >> > We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    > >> > input, from a sound desk,
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> Audacity
    > >> http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    > >
    > > Not such a bad piece of software, but it doesn't create a temp file,
    > > instead holding the data in memory.
    > >
    > > Creating a file ensures you have something to keep if the software or PC
    > > crashes.

    >
    > I have just checked on my machine - Audacity (1.2.4) does create a series
    > of temp files in the designated temp directory (set in Preferences menu).


    Temp files that are removed as soon as the app quits.

    So, very easy to lose your work if you accidentally quit without saving.

    I have used Audacity and it has some nice features, but the difference
    with a final file is that it's there no matter what.
     
    Rob J, Dec 29, 2005
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  18. Rob J

    shannon Guest

    Rob J wrote:
    > In article <Xns973A9A27EF1Fdaveytaynospamplshot@203.97.37.6>,
    > says...
    >> Rob J <> wrote in news:MPG.1e1cb2ec59a96bd5989aa4
    >> @news.chc.ihug.co.nz:
    >>
    >>> We just record each week from the same sound source, which is a line
    >>> input, from a sound desk,
    >>>

    >> Audacity
    >> http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    >
    > Not such a bad piece of software, but it doesn't create a temp file,
    > instead holding the data in memory.
    >
    > Creating a file ensures you have something to keep if the software or PC
    > crashes.


    You might be interested in using the program that the MOJ uses for
    courtrooms in NZ.

    http://www.ftrgold.com.au/intro.asp
     
    shannon, Dec 30, 2005
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