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I wanted to know about any method of recording sound of the user on a webpage. Actually what i want to do is to record sound on the client side, compress it and move it to the web server. I have seen Microsoft's Speech Application SDK, but it only provides sound recording support with Telephony Application Server.
Can anyone suggest me any possible solutions. I'll be obliged
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 The only ways that I can think of would be:

(a) ActiveX - yucky, Microsoft Internet Explorer specific, Microsoft Windows specific, permission problems.

(b) Java Applet - slow, permission problems

(c) Custom browser plugin - needs to be custom written for each browser and for each platform, requires user to install.

You would be better off producing instructions on how to use common sound recording utilities and linking to a few free ones (I suggest at least covering Windows and Mac users here, at the moment the technical competence of the average *nix user is enough for them to figure it out themselves). Make sure that you point out the user requires a sound card and a microphone!

Then use a file upload script to actually get the sounds.

(It is probably possible to record sound with JSP, PHP, etc... however it would record from a microphone that you would have to attach to the server - not a whole lot of use ;)

another answer courtesy cool12399
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 If you mean -- is there something currently that does what you need
(i.e., an existing activex control that records audio from a webpage),
I don't believe so.

Although there are plenty of 'conversion' tools, I don't believe the people
who know the *audio* formats have written that kind of tool. (I've was actually planning of writing an activex control exactly like you are talking about several years ago, because it would be really cool, but wasn't sure about the audio formats so moved onto other projects).

However, nowadays their are plenty of activex controls, so with a bit of tweaking, you should be able to do that. Check out this link for some controls:

http://www.shareup.net/Audio-MP3/Utilities-Plug-Ins/Blade-And-Lame-MP3-Encoder-Active-X-Controls-review-9782.html
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