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    Sound Recorder-doesn't work?

    We recently tried to use the Sound Recorder (in Win 98 and ME) to record someone talking (with the ultimate goal of having the file playable from a ppt button). Had our mike and earphones plugged into the correct ports on the sound card. We had 2 different people doing this independently on 2 different systems. In neither case could we get anything recorded. Checked some of the options and things seem to be set correctly. When we play back the attempted recording, the sound recorder plays out nothing (the wave form for the sound is completely flat) for what appears to be the correct amount of time we thought we were recording. Asking around, people have told us that the Windows sound recorder has been "broken" for some time.

    What, if anything, do we need to do to record sound with the Windows sound recorder?

    Are there substitutes (other than programs that come with a sound card) for the sound recorder?

    TIA

    Fred

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    Re: Sound Recorder-doesn't work?

    Open the Volume Control (by double clicking the loud speaker in the task bar) and choose Options > Properties, then check the Recording check box.

    Does the Microphone have a check mark to show that it is enabled for recording?

    StuartR

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    Re: Sound Recorder-doesn't work?

    Hi Stuart,

    On the 1 computer (Win ME), we don't even have SoundRecorder in the Tray. I added it to the StartUp group but it doesn't run in the tray (separate problem).

    When I finally got to the SR, there is File | Properties and Edit | Audio Properties. 2 different things. Using the latter, there is a piece of the dialog for Audio Recording and a dropdown for preferred device. The first 2 items in the drop down don't allow setting the volume (the volume button is grayed out). Choosing the 3rd device ("Avance AC97 Audio") does activate the Volume button. Clicking it brings up the Audio Control window (your starting point after double clicking the SR in the tray). On its menu bar, is an Options menu item. Opening that shows a submenu with a Properties item. Clicking that allows me to select the "Adjust Volume For..." recording radio button and now, finally, I get to the mike which wasn't checked <img src=/S/headthrob.gif border=0 alt=headthrob width=15 height=15> . Now it is and it works (sound seems very scratchy - could be mike or fact that our motherboard processes the sound).

    It couldn't be any easier! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> Back to other question - is there anything else out there that does what SR does (short of buying a sound card)?

    Thanks for providing the pointer. Now to try it on the other computer.

    Fred

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    Re: Sound Recorder-doesn't work?

    I've used Cool Edit for several years and wouldn't be without it. Of course, it's not free ($69 USD) so there may be freeware products around if you search. There's also a Cool Edit Pro version, but it's priced at $249 USD, a little much for a part-time recordist!

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    Re: Sound Recorder-doesn't work?

    The scratchyness is due to a low sampling rate. You have probably selected telephone quality, which is 8-bit or so. Bump that up to CD quality and you will notice a drastic change. You will also notice that the file size is drastically larger.

    As for other programs, I've been using Total Recorder from High Criteria. It's also good for recording audio streams from the web, or any other sound your computer can play. Very nice.

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    Re: Sound Recorder-doesn't work?

    Dean,

    Thanks much for the sampling hint.

    Clicking on all those buttons to get where I needed to be - there has to be a better way. I'll also take a look Total Recorder.

    Fred

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    Re: Sound Recorder-doesn't work?

    Big Al,

    Maybe I'll Cool Edit a try but definitely will stay away from ...Pro. Thanks.

    Fred

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