Audio recorder with recording level meters

Roxio Audio Recorder has the precision vertical recording-level meters like the original Voyetra AudioStation had. I need them for stereo recording.  Roxio Recorder works but often dies in windows XP without warning.

Am looking for a replacement program.  Anyone know of a good sound recorder, hopefully free, remember, it MUST have accurate recording level meters, like the above 2 programs mentioned, and it is for XP.  Thanks.
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scrathcyboyAsked:
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sound2manCommented:
I also, am not quite sure what you mean by "accurate" are you reffering to decibles below clipping?  Personally, i use an RME digi9652 card that has, IMHO, the best level metering system available.  This software only works with RME hardware, and, although reasonably priced ~$400, not free.

If you are looking for really good software, Adobe Audacity is really great - perhaps the best 2-track editor.  Not free either though ~$300.  Magix Music Studio is pretty good, costing about $60.  Following is morte software you may want to look into.  If you give a bit of a explanation of what you are trying to do, I might be able to help you better.

Best:
Audition ~$300
This is what I am using, and I really like it.

Good:
Goldwave ~$50  http://www.goldwave.com/
Magix Music Studio ~$60  http://site.magix.net/english-us/home/music/music-studio-10-deluxe/

Free:
If you are looking for somthing really simple to record stereo to, most sound cards come with software that will do the job in a pinch.  You can also check out the following.

Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
A lot of people use this with great sucess, but I don't care for it much.  Not as intuitive as Audition.

Pro Tools Free http://www.digidesign.com/ptfree/
I found this to be a bit complex, and clunky

Hi-Q http://www.roemersoftware.com/free-sound-recorder.html
Looks promising if you record and don't want to edit.  I have not tried this software yet.

Kristal  http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/index.php?section=details
geared toward multi-track recordings, but would work for stereo as well.  Haven't tried yet.
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noam_dzCommented:
I don't know what "precision vertical recording-level meters like " means but I suggest to check this top sofwares:

nonfree:
http://www.highcriteria.com/productfr_trPRO.htm
http://www.highcriteria.com/productfr_dic.htm

free:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
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scrathcyboyAuthor Commented:
Ok, well I tried AUDACITY - and it is definitely crippled.  The recording controls are nowhere near precise enough to get the volume balance vs. distortion and feedback correct for *accurate* volume recording input, so it is out, I am afraid.  I will try another program I downloaded, not mentioned here, will let you know.

Soundman, I appreciate the help, but am not interested in anything that costs that much, after all, this is just to record music, it should not cost hardly anything.  Sure I could try audition, but I would never pay the fee, so why even bother?  I will try this other free program and let you know.  So far, Roxio is looking better than I thought!!
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scrathcyboyAuthor Commented:
Well guys, I tried everything you suggested here, as well as a slew of others, gool Edit Pro, Total Recorder, I probably tried a dozen or move -- and gave up on all of them and went BACK to Roxio Sound Recorder.

Despite all of these other programs complexity, NONE allow precision levels and ease of visually correct recording for perfect volume input and balance like Roxio Sound Editor does.  All the others do is make a simple process more complicated than it need be, what is crucial in recording is accurate input levels.

I am splitting points because you guys tried to help.  Thanks for the ideas.
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noam_dzCommented:
Thanks,
Can you post a link to "like Roxio Sound Editor"?
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scrathcyboyAuthor Commented:
I would be happy to post a screen shot of the volume level meters, but cant find a way to post a JPG on expert exchange.   I dont know if ROXIO 6 is still available, but an installl of that program includes the Roxio sound editor, and you can see how much clearer and superior it is to the other products, which use tiny useless volume controls, and they have no way to visualize whether the WAV recording is maxing out on volume distorition or not.  If you are really intersted, see my profile, and I can email you a JPG file.
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sound2manCommented:
You can also post on photobucket and drop a link.  I would be interested to see this as well.
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noam_dzCommented:
What is the full name of the product (ROXIO 6) ?
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scrathcyboyAuthor Commented:
Roxio Easy CD creator 6 -- only install the CD burning and the Sound/audio options.  Roxio is a great DVD burning program, far better than Nero for DVDs.  If you've ever seen the original Voyetra Audiostation for windows 3.11, you've seen the Roxio recorder.  Voyetra dumped it for Cd ripping to MP3, what a waste!!
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noam_dzCommented:
The latest version is Easy Media Creator 8 why do you use 6?
it sound like RecordNow might intrest you as well.

http://www.roxio.com/en/products/recordnow/index.jhtml
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scrathcyboyAuthor Commented:
Nope, Roxio 7 and 8 dropped the original sound recorder, and the new program, record now, is as worthless as all the rest of the programs that were recommended to me -- none of them are any good, believe me, I tried them all, and they are stupidly designed, and have no logic or common sense to them.
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