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    Recording A Song (Windows XP)

    Is it possible to use Windows XP to record someone singing a song and playing a guitar directly into the microphone of my computer. I would like to create a CD containing their music or does this procedure require a separate software or hardware purchase. If this can be done, can anyone refer me to a book or source for the instructions. I am using a Pentium 4 computer (2.4 GHz) with a rewritable CD drive.
    Judy Jones, Computer Training Specialist
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    Re: Recording A Song (Windows XP)

    Judy, you could ostensibly just record into XP using the built in Sound Recorder tool, but it has a limit of 60 seconds worth of audio record time. To record effectively you're going to need additional software. Cakewalk's offerings are very popular, as is CoolEdit (which I am currently using the Pro version of). I would highly recommend getting a decent microphone and NOT using the standard junk microphones that come with sound cards and some other hardware. The software I've noted isn't free but CoolEdit (the non-pro edition) may do the job for you as shareware.

    To master the recordings to CD, you would be best using a commercial CD burning application that can create music CDs - my personal preference being Nero. Thus, you will have the recording phase, which will generate WAV files containing the recorded sound, and then the burning process, done after you have recorded and/or mixed the tracks down.

    Hope that helps,
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    Re: Recording A Song (Windows XP)

    Another program to consider is Sonic Foundry's ACID. You can record WAV files directly into this. You can arrange the WAV files and cut and paste to create your own mix. Later versions allow you to burn tracks to CD though this can only be done one 'song' at a time so using something like Nero for your finished songs is easier. I find Acid very easy to use. Having said this Acid 4 which came out recently was not well received - they added midi functions that didn't work very well. Moreover Sonic Foundry is in Financial difficulties and will be selling off parts of their business. This might mean some 'bargains' with Acid being on special offer. But it might also mean that support dries up. As a long time Acid user I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    Chris (Hunt)

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    Re: Recording A Song (Windows XP)

    Thanks to both of you for taking the time to respond to my question. I will look into getting the software that has been suggested.
    Judy Jones, Computer Training Specialist
    Manassas, Virginia

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