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Old 05-11-04, 01:06 AM
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How can I record sound from a digital memo recorder to my PC?

I have a Digital memo recorder and have it hooked up to my PC through the "line in" port.

I can hear the sound through the speakers, but how can I record it to a WAV/MP3 file?


I am using WinXP HOME
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You can use the built-in software:
Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Entertainment -> Sound Recorder
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You can use the Windows Sound Recorder. Here's a tutorial:

http://www.innerlab.com/arts/music/t...ound_recorder/
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Is the recording software set to the "line-in" option? Programs aren't clever enough to know what your recording source is (CD, DVD, mic, etc.).
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OK-


Got it to record with Windows Sound Recorder

I have both PLAYBACK and RECORD options set to:

PCM

44.100 kHz, 16bit, Stereo, 172 kB/sec


Here are my TWO NEW PROBLEMS:


1. The sound quality is awful! When I play it back, it sounds awful, hissy, screechy, and just "noisy"


2. It won't record for more then 60 seconds! It starts recording, green line is moving aqnd registering sound, but then the counter starts at 1 and goes to 60 and stops there
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Got it working in Cool Edit, so that solved my "Windows 60 second limitation recording..." issue.


BUT... The quality is awful!!!


It sounds just fine coming out of the Digital Voice Recorder.



When I play/record it with Windows Sound Recorder OR Cool Edit Pro 2.0 it sounds BAD! Lots of hissy, schreechy voices,etc,etc. Any way I can fix this during the recording phase?


OR can I clean it up at all and get the background noise and other "debris" out of there?
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Give Total Recorder a try?
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How about adjusting the recording level? Does that do anything? Sometimes distortion can be attributed to that or if the output volume from the source is too high.
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Originally posted by Eplicon
How about adjusting the recording level? Does that do anything? Sometimes distortion can be attributed to that or if the output volume from the source is too high.
Excellent!

That did the trick

The recording is MUCH clearer now

Now, when I tried saving this file the first time in Cool Edit, it was 1 GB in size. And this was when I saved it as an MP3!

It's a conversation with some background noises, and it lasts over an hour.

How can I get that file size down?
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First, does your recorder record stereo? If not, there is no point recording in stereo. That will cut it in half.

Second, for voice, you certainly don't need to sample at 44.1 KHz either. I would try the 8, 12 or 16 KHz settings and see the lowest that sounds OK. Hint: Do you know the sampling rate of your digital recorder? Not much point in going higher. 8KHz is generally accepted as roughly "telephone" quality for human voice (unsuited for music).

I'm surprised your file was so large as mp3 though. That is about the size I would expect for "over an hour" of .wav file at 44.1 KHz, stereo.
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