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How to record 15 minute audio interview onto laptop

My son has to record a 15 minute audio interview for a broadcast communications course he's taking in college. He has a current Dell Latitude laptop with XP pro. (It's not here to check the soundcard). He has no clue how best to do this and the interview is in 2 days. I have a copy of Roxio Media Creator Platinum, current release which he can load.

I sent him to google to search, but it's difficult to find a solution by cold searching.

Can anyone point to or post step by step directions on how he might best capture this interview, which he then will need to burn to a disk?

thanks!
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erinch
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MerijnBSr. Software EngineerCommented:
first of all you'll need a microphone.
You'll have to decide how good the quality of the recording has to be.

If the notebook has an internal microphone you can use it, but the quality is probably not so good. A cheap microphone which you can plug directly into your notebook will probably do the trick. You'll just have to give it a try and decide whether it's good enough or not.

At what distance has the audio to be recorded?

For the recording itself there are dozens of (free) apps to do so. I searched for one a long time ago, and finally used Audio Recorder Pro (http://www.ezaudiorecorder.com/).

But there are probably much more you could use.

These apps will record a .wav or a .mp3 file, which you can burn to an audio CD easily (probably with Roxio as well).


please let me know if you need more info.
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erinchAuthor Commented:
thanks for the quick response! I will hand this over to him and have him try it out, and then report back with any issues. This won't be broadcast anywhere, so I assume it only has to be good enough not to irritate the professor.
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fredshovelCommented:
That's an interesting course -- a professor sending a student on a recording assignment without any recording equipment. Journalists don't go out with laptops (even if you son is not going to be a journalist, this is a journalistic assignment). Today journos use digital notetakers. I recommend the Sony
-- Models and storage capacity depend on your budget. This might be a good time for the advance birthday or Christmas present: http://www2.shopping.com/xPO-Sony-Sony-ICD-B510F-Digital-Voice-Recorder
Ring your local electrical store -- they will have a bunch of them.
These recorders will record in wav file format (some even mp3). Just plug the recorder in via its USB after the recording and drag the file into Roxio and BURN.
The Roxio software will burn the disc for him. Burn as an AUDIO CD -- NOT mp3.

The rationale:
Unless the good professor has specified using the laptop, it can be problematic for someone on their first assignment... and you have to buy the microphone -- and you might get the wrong one.
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MerijnBSr. Software EngineerCommented:
interesting option, I didn't think of that at all.
If the professor didn't mention anything on what to use, you can choose. On the other hand, if you have a working laptop a simple microphone is probably a lot cheaper then a voicerecorder.
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erinchAuthor Commented:
oh, this is way off topic, and I apologize. He just finished his freshman year. He screwed up this assignment the first time, when he had the digital recorder at his disposal, and delayed redoing it. The professor very kindly gave him an incomplete with the chance to complete it over the summer, and it only has to be good enough to demonstrate that he can and will do what was assigned. Hence my motherly question, because it's my tuition money at stake if he flunks the incomplete and thus loses a scholarship. :-)  He didn't have to be in this situation, but I guess, what is being 18 for?
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fredshovelCommented:
Ok, let's get it right. To be foolproof I would highly recommend a USB microphone. This is so he doesn't have to mess around with soundcards and getting the right input etc.
Here's one but there are several more owing to the 'podcasting' phenomenon of today (everyone is a broadcaster now).
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/486037-REG/Alesis_USBPODCASTINGMICKIT_USB_Microphone_Podcasting_Kit.html
Then get a free copy of Audacity (1.2.6)  and I stress -- have a couple of practices at home with this equipment.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
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MerijnBSr. Software EngineerCommented:
>  and I stress -- have a couple of practices at home with this equipment.

I sincerely agree on that
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MereteCommented:
when he had the digital recorder << does he have a web cam or digital recorder still? once he has done his recording plug the camera into his pc and upload the video complete with audio.
Then burn to disc using your Roxio.
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fredshovelCommented:
Ya know Merete, I just realised that you're so far into the tropical north that what you call grass up there is probably bamboo -- and I'd need to get the machette out if erinch can't get this sorted.
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MereteCommented:
woa bro where you get dat info from

ahahaha you need to use google earth its a beautiful  place rainforests waterfalls grass mate its the dairy capital.
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fredshovelCommented:
Yeah and I put this in the wrong post, and all. Sorry erinch -- we were in that one with the guy trying to burn CDs onto CD-RW, and me saying it'll work with CD-R or I'll cut Merete's lawn (bamboo) wiith a pair of scissors.
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MereteCommented:
Where's that rubber
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erinchAuthor Commented:
The USB microphone, along with an audio capture program from applian technologies (similar to any of the others posted here) worked. The auido was adequate for instructional purposes, although would not have sufficed for broadcast. Thanks for your help!
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MerijnBSr. Software EngineerCommented:
good to hear!
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erinchAuthor Commented:
sorry to take so long to close this out! Life set in.
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fredshovelCommented:
<The auido was adequate for instructional purposes, although would not have sufficed for broadcast.>
Ouch that hurts! I was confronted for my entire career with that horrible phrase, "Good enough for rock 'n' roll."  Whilst I always strived for much, much better -- ending up in broadcast.
"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon, Beautiful Boy.
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erinchAuthor Commented:
in this particular case it was good enough for the procastinating freshman to pass the incomplete class, which, as the mom, was my only goal. Although I now know a great deal more about audio capture than I did previously. Again, thanks for the help!
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MereteCommented:
Hey your welcome we do try.
Cheers
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