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I need to record a sound file, Wav or MP3, from my computer as it plays through my soundcard. The recording will be quite long and I will have to break it up into CD sized chunks for burning later. I need some recommendations. Thanks,

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by:Will Szymkowski
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Hello there,

You might find this software helpful.

http://www.nch.com.au/vrs/index.html

Hope this helps
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by:jdietrich
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If you happen to be a student or have one, Sound Forge is as good as it gets.  I use it in a somewhat professional basis (on the side) and it is fantastic.  Here's a link to the basic version, which academically runs under $50.

http://www.campustech.com/c/campust/ASFAS8000.html?id=9xJwpCd6

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What burner software are you using?  Nero and Easy Media Creator come with decent audio goods in the package.
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by:rdperkins
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I should give a bit more detail. I need to record an approximately 10 hour audiobook onto CDs so I can listen to them in the car. My FM transmitter doesn't give very good sound in my car, and CDs are the only option. Preferably, the software should do the following:

1. Record in the background a WMA file playing in Windows Media Player
2. Easily break this file into approximately 1 hour files for recording onto CD, and optionally (I have Nero Smartstart)
3. Record each on CD.

What would be nice on the last is for a program that would start recording, get near the end of the time allotment, stop at a blank spot, ask for another CD, then start recording the next CD with a leadin of 10-15 seconds from the last. As long as I'm wishing...

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By saying that you want to "record in the background a wma file playing in Windows Media Player" do you mean that you want to add this audio file (as in music) to the recording? Because the way to do this is to record your original audio first and then add the file in a 'multitrack' software programme -- there's a freebee here if this is what you want to do: http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/index.php?section=download

You can't similtaneously capture audio and record 'background' from another source -- if that's what you mean.

Can you explain why you mentioned your FM transmitter in your car? --  What are you transmitting from?

What media is the audio book on now?

There are a lot of options to consider: you can have much smaller files if you car cd player can read Mp3 or wma files.
                                                        you can store the whole book on an iPod and get the Belkin transmitter to transmit  it to your car radio -- most new car radios have an aux input so if you have an iPod you can just plug the sucker in -- instead of transmitting it.  

Also since you mentioned WMA, some car CD players will playback WMA files -- so you can capture your audiobook in wma format with Windows Media Encoder -- free download at Microsoft.

If you want to record in MP3 format you can use a programme like MP3 splitter to easily chop it up.

 
                                                       
 
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Reading back over things here, I'm still not sure what the source will be.  Is it cassette tapes being fed into the Line In on the sound card through a cassette player?  Or, is it a precaptured audio file that you're wanting to split up?

If it's a cassette being played through the Line In and recorded, then just about any audio program will work, including the basic ones included with most sound cards.  The Creative recorder works very well.  Capture a tape at a time, open your burner software, and burn the resulting file.

If it's precaptured audio file, you need to split and compile, then burn.  For that you'll need something a bit more sophisticated to edit (split) and recompile the file, like Sound Forge.

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Dear fredshovel and knoxzoo,

To answer your questions:
The source/media is an audio download from my library of a book on tape which comes in as a protected wma file which will only play through Windows Media Player. The license expires in 3 weeks for each book. My only chance to listen is in the car, and I can' t possibly get through a book in that time so I have to burn it on a CD to play, then I re-write with the next book. My car is a rental and doesn't have an input for MP3 players or IPod. I do have a Belkin transmitter and that is the FM transmitter I mention that doesn't do a good job. So basically I'm left with a large wma file which when played could run from 5-15 hours depending on the book.

I play the book in Media Player then record it with the other software into a wav or mp3 format. This then has to be edited to break it into pieces small enough to burn on CDs (an hour or less). What I'm looking for is the best software to record and then edit/split the recording for burning. It could be two different packages. By the way my car player won't recognize mp3 so I have to create a standard audio CD.

I am not familiar with the Windows Media Encoder. Would it allow recording to another format since there are digital rights management locks on the file? I will try MP3 Splitter. It says it will split a file based on time so I'll investigate that. The sound forge program you mention - from Sony? Is this the full version or the 'home' version called sound forge audio studio?

Robert
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by:fredshovel
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You lost me. You say it will only play through WMP and it's protected. So how do you get it into the car? -- is this with a laptop or a PDA -- and you've been transmitting from the laptop/PDA via the Belin.

Having said that you say, "I play the book in Media Player then record it with the other software into a wav or mp3 format."
Are you saying you're doing this now or you want to do it?

To answer you digital rights question: Would Uncle Bill allow you to decode his own DRM in WM Encoder? -- I don't think so.

Since you're talking about taking the analogue audio out of your soundcard you could drop it down onto minidisc and recapture it as a CD file -- they hold about the same amount of media then you wouldn't have to edit it.


 


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I am able to play the wma file in Media Player and capture the output from the sound card in another recording program without going the hardware route. Of course the quality may diminish slightly but not noticably to me in the car.

All I need is the best software to do this recording and/or split it out into CD sized chunks for burning.
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<I am able to play the wma file in Media Player and capture the output from the sound card in another recording program>
Probably better to tell us how your doing this to gain the best advice.
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I open the software I am going to record with and set the input source to what you can hear and the sound card. I then open Windows Media player and the wma file I want to record. I start playing the file in Media Player and switch over to my recording software, setting the record levels there. Then I stop Media Player, start the recording software and restart Media Player. I allow the Media Player to continue till it finishes then I stop the recording software. Next is splitting out the file into smaller pieces that will fit on CDs after which I burn the CDs.
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This explains your former reticence on the software. I read a PR on this that said that Microsoft were encoding noise on their WMAs to try to prevent this DRM workaround.

At a DRM music forum I recently asked were they worried about analogue back-ups -- as in my minidisc suggestion (even though minidisc is a digital format it takes the analogue signal from the soundcard) -- and they said that they weren't, as people have been doing this since AM radio was the fashion.
But they're going after your software.

Cheers.
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