How to use WavePad to generate a new file and to use it for a recording of my voice?

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I use Windows 10 fully updated.

I've successfully used WavePad Audio Editor - NCH Software to delete the first few minutes of a recording.

But I've been unsuccessful in using WavePad to generate a new file and to use it for a recording of my voice.

My microphone is fully functional.

Gordon

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Here is a tutorial on setting up Windows and Wavepad for recording:
http://www.nch.com.au/kb/10010.html

As a note, in Windows 10, do WinKey+R to open a run dialog.

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Thank you Davis

I'll follow the instructions and report back to you.

Gordon

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Davis

I've made some progress but I'm unable to find the 'Settings' window that is shown in Section 3 of the NCH Instructions you pointed me to.

Section 3 presents a Settings window which I cannot find.

But I have been able to locate WavePad Options. This presents a drop down currently set at [Default Sound In]. The drop down offers the choice of the headset with microphone that I currently use.

Please advise me on the use of WavePad Options Window. to enable me to use WavePad to generate a new file and to use it for a recording of my voice.

By way of explanation, I should add that having learned internet radio broadcasting during my six years with VoiceAmerica I now am building my own broadcasting system. Thank you for being  so patient with my technological amateurism.

Gordon
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Are you plugging into the audio jacks or is it a USB headset?
What are the make and model of both the PC and the headset?

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Logitech USB Headset h800.
Hewlett-Packard MXX205045Z
Here is the support page for that headset:  http://support.logitech.com/en_us/product/wireless-headset-h800
What Wavepad wants you to do is to make the Logitech mic be the default recording/input device and you should be able to do that using the sound applet in the control panel or by right-clicking on the speaker icon down by the time in the lower right corner of your desktop.

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Thank you, Davis

I'll follow your advice and report back.

Gordon

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Davis

I've set aside much of tomorrow to follow these instructions --

What Wavepad wants done is to make the Logitech mic be the default recording/input device. It should then be possible to use the sound applet in the control panel or by right-clicking on the speaker icon down by the time in the lower right corner of your desktop.

Gordon

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Davis

I have now established that, when I use Skype, the LogicTech microphone is the default recording/input device.

When I use WavePad, I load a test audio file. This when I press 'Play' at bottom left of the screen, I hear the file playing.

I have downloaded the NCH Document, Microphone and Voice Recording Tutorial. I've established that the LogicTech Headset is or includes an external microphone. And that, for WavePad, I must use Section 3 NCH Recording Settings.

For my next steps, I need to use WavePad to create a new empty file and load it with an audio recording that I can save as a new audio file.

Davis, for my next steps, your advice please.

Gordon
Do WinKey+S and type voice recorder in the search box which ought to let you open the Windows Voice Recorder.  You can use that to record your audio, save it, and then open it with WavePad.

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Will do, thanks. I'll report back ASAP.

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Davis

I located VoiceRecorder and was able to generate a file with audio content. But it is an MPEG-4 Audio.

The work I am doing stipulates MP3 for audio files.

What do you suggest, please?

I've an optimistic feeling that we are close to success.

Best

Gordon
If you choose Save as in Wavepad, you should have the MP3 as an option.

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Thanks. I'll WavePad's Save as and report back

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'Save as' in Wavepad offers the choice of MP3,

And it works, thank you Davis for your excellent support.

I will now close the question.

Gordon

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Excellent package of instructions.  I am truly grateful.

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