About Sound Recorder
Sound Recorder Setup
How to record and play your own music or other audio on your computer: Many people do not know their PC is also a sound recorder. You can record from a radio, microphone, or other audio source and store the recordings on your hard drive in WAV file format for later playback.
There are other software programs available for recording and playing sound on your PC. Some can even edit your recordings, cutting out unwanted sections or adding sound. You may want to consider these programs because WAV files use more disk space than say MP3 files.
WAVEPAD is a free sound recording / editing / playback program available on the internet for downloading. AUDACITY is another free program and it can convert WAV files to MP3 files, saving disk space and allowing you to transfer the sound to your portable music player.
Sound Recorder is an audio
application that allows the user to record and play WAV
files. Sound recorder is the standard Microsoft program that is supplied with all Windows operating systems for users to record from their sound card with a microphone or line input and play to speakers or headphones using the green line out jack on the soundcard.
Most soundcards use the 1/8 inch (3.5mm) plug so get a microphone with this connector or get an adapter if the microphone has a 1/4 inch plug. The MIC connects to the pink/red jack on the soundcard and the line in jack is used for other audio sources such as a radio and is usually blue.
SOUND CARD JACKS
1) Microphone jack
2) Line Out jack for speakers
3) Line In jack
1/8 inch (3.5mm) connector cable used for soundcard hookup
Windows 98 Sound Recorder
Sound Recorder is run in Windows 95 by
clicking on Start / Programs / Accessories / Multimedia and
clicking on Sound Recorder.
Sound Recorder is run in
Windows 98 and beyond by clicking on Start / Programs /
Accessories / Entertainment and clicking on Sound Recorder.
Windows XP sound recorder
In addition to accessing the file by going
through the Start menu, the user has the option to manually
run sound recorder by clicking Start / Run and typing
Sound Recorder cannot play a CD you load into your computer's optical disc drive because the tracks on a CD are not in WAV file format. To play a CD directly you need to use Windows Media Player which is another supplied program with Windows or an audio application like WINAMP. Windows Media Player version 8.0 and later can also record a CD you play to a WMA file on your PC.
While the Sound Recorder application cannot play a CD, it can record your CD songs if you play them with Windows Media Player. You need to select the correct option within Sound Recorder in order to record from the right source. Select Stereo Mix to record CD tracks.
How to record using the Sound Recorder
||SOUND RECORDER SETUP
The sound recorder in Windows XP for example has several functions to help you control your recordings.
Make sure you set the volume levels correctly before you record. Try a test recording before you do it for real. Always check the box for the source you are using such as LINE IN for connections to the sound card's LINE IN jack or STEREO MIX for other sources or MICROPHONE if recording voice.
What is a WAV file ?
A Wav file is an audio file format, created by Microsoft, that has become a standard PC audio file format for everything from operating system and game sounds to CD-quality audio. A Wave file is identified by a file name extension of WAV (.wav). Used primarily in PCs, the Wave file format has been accepted as a viable interchange medium for other computer platforms, such as Macintosh. This allows content developers to freely move audio files between platforms.
In addition to the uncompressed raw audio data, the Wave file format stores information about the file's number of tracks (mono or stereo), sample rate, and bit depth.
The WAV file is the native digital audio format in Windows. Using the .WAV file extension, 8-bit or 16-bit samples can be taken at rates of 11,025 Hz, 22,050 Hz and 44,100 Hz. The highest quality (16-bit at 44,100 Hz) uses 88KB of storage per second. Windows uses WAV files for general system sounds.
The default content of a WAV file is PCM, which is uncompressed digital samples derived from the analog source. However, WAV files can also be used to store compressed formats including MP3 and others. The headers in the file differentiate the content type because the .WAV file extension is still used.
The WAV format is widely used as the audio medium for professional recording and editing. For creating music CDs, the WAV files are converted to the CDDA audio format. Both CDDA files and WAV files (at their highest sampling rates) take up a similar amount of storage space and are not compressed like MP3 or Windows WMA files.
What is Windows Media Player ?
Windows Media Player is a software program that comes standard with the Microsoft Windows PC operating system such as Windows XP for the purpose of playing audio and other functions. Versions of WMP have been available for years on each successive Windows release and have gone up to version 11 with the release of Windows Vista operating system. WMP has the capability to not only play your music files but 'rip' or copy music from a CD to hard drive and store in compressed WMA format, Microsoft's proprietary audio format. You can use Windows Media Player to play and organize digital media files on your computer and on the Internet. It is like having a radio, video player, CD player, and information database all-in-one. You can use Windows Media Player to listen to radio stations from all over the world, play and copy your CDs, look for videos that are available on the Internet, and create customized lists of all the digital media files on your computer.