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    Sound recorder quality

    I'm using Sound Recorder to record the narration for an on-line training presentation. Some of the recording I've done at work, some at home. This is my first serious effort to record my voice on a computer, and I need the results to be reasonably close to professional. So far, I'm unhappy with the results I've gotten from my sessions at home. The files have a "rustling" sound in the background, and the voice level is much lower than what I'm getting at work. Just today, I discovered the "microphone boost" check box in the advanced something-or-other box, and I suspect I did not have that box checked for my at-home recording sessions. (I didn't know it was available!)

    But I'm wondering about other stuff, such as those settings under Format and Attributes. I have not a clue how to choose between, for example, "PCM" and "Microsoft ADPCM." And what's this stuff under Attributes: "44.100 kHz , 4-bit Stereo 43 db/sec" vs. "8.000 kHz, 16 bit Mono...." Yikes!! <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> What's this all about? Typically, the Help file for Sound Recorder doesn't get into anything more technical than how to play a sound backwards! I couldn't find much on Kaiser Bill's web site either.

    So...anybody got any good references for this kind of information? Any recommendations for hardware and/or software (microphones, sound cards...that kind of stuff)? We do not (and will not) have access to a recording studio--we're stuck with using computer hardware. However, the computers themselves are modern and reasonably sophisticated. We're running WinXP on a Gateway E1400 at work and on a very nice HP equipped with things like a DVD drive. (The DVD drive has nothing to do with this issue, of course, but I just want to show that it's not a Wal-Mart bargain computer.) Sorry, from where I am now I can't say what sound card I have at home.

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    Re: Sound recorder quality

    You want "44.100 kHz , 4-bit Stereo 43 db/sec" if you want the recording qualitiy to be good enough to stick on a Stereo CD.

    I never liked Sound Recorder. I use two other free programs: Audacity and Soliton.

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    Re: Sound recorder quality

    Thanks for the tip! I'll take a look at those other programs.

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