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henryj earned 450 total points
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Sounds like you may be having some problems with your soundcard if this is so difficult. It should be straight forward. On a soundblaster for example, there are MIC IN and LINE IN sockets and it's possible to use the LINE IN simply by using the mixer control (comes with Soundblaster) to turn on that input rather then the MIC IN.

However, that doesn't sound like the end of your problems. You say that you're using Microsoft Sound Recorder. I suggest you get a better package - there are a few out and about that will do somewhat better then MS Sound Recorder. CoolEdit is my favourite
and has many features along with basic sound recording. You
can find CoolEdit at http://www.syntrillium.com.

Another solution may be to attempt to take the data straight off the CD into a WAV file. There are programs to do this but the only ones I've seen require registration (ie. you must pay before they let you do it). That may be acceptable depending on what sort of budget your on. If so I should search using one the web search engines for this kind of utility (try www.excite.com).

Lastly, you don't REALLY want to be putting WAV's onto the web. Unless you're only going to put short snippets on they're going to be massive and you'll probably run out of space on your web server. Audio MPEG, IWAVE or RealAudio are probably the best solutions (all compression techniques which cut the size of the samples right down).

If all this seems confusing why not try a free music archive on
the net? For example http://www.hsq.co.uk exists to promote music by unknown bands FOR FREE! They'll even encode the stuff for you if you send it to them. Even if you don't use them there is a fair bit of information about the various encoding options on the site. You should probably check it out.

Let me know if you need any more help.

henry

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I have cool edit 96, sound gaget pro, and an aztech sound card.  I havent paid for the programs (shareware) because they haven't worked.  but I don't have sound mixing utility.  There is a line-in plug and a mic in plug.  Should I use an audio chord to connect the cd-rom to the mic or line in plugs somehow?

I will be compressing the size of the audio files.  
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With most sound cards there is an internal connection for audio from CD-ROM to soundcard. However, this relies on a) The soundcard supporting this and b) the person installing it connecting the two. If they are not connected the best thing you can do is to connect the CD-ROM's headphone output to the line in plug. However, you said you were having problems doing this.

If Cool Edit 96 and sound gadget aren't working it would suggest that there is something wrong with your soundcard - either the card hasn't been installed properly or it's malfunctioning. In this case you should probably ring the supplier and get them to fix things up (maybe they will be able to talk you through some tests and sort things out).

henry

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