| From <justman3154-gdi@...>
| Sun, 9 Jul 2006 14:53:20 -0700 (PDT)
| I'm attempting to make an audio book via a mic from text. After
| initiating a recording session, the intake stops after less than a page
| has been read. My operating system is windows 98SE with a 450 mhz
| processor and 256K of RAM and ample free space on a 12 GIG hard
| drive. How do I need to configure the system to get past this problem.
As the computer is relatively slow and on a Windows system which is poor
at multi-tasking, you may have to help it by turning off un-necesssary
programs while recording, trying to enable DMA on the drive, recording
to a lower bit depth and/or updating the sound drivers which is essential
for making recordings.
Please look through the list I have pasted in below of tips which usually
help with these kind of problems.
Here are some general tips on avoiding recording problems.
* Close all other programs while recording. Be aware of background virus
scanners and other system tray programs. Norton, Sophos and other anti-virus
products scan each file as it is opened and closed by default. On a slow computer
this scanning can affect recording as it takes too long.
* Reduce the recording bit depth to 16 bit from 32 bit (the default). This is
set under File > Preferences on the Quality tab. Reducing the bit depth halves
the amount of data stored and the time taken to write it to the disk.
* Don't record stereo unless you have to. Stereo requires your machine to
handle twice as much data. A single instrument or solo vocal track should usually
be recorded mono. You can position it in the stereo mix later.
* Turn off "Auto-scroll while playing". This stops the display re-drawing as the
recording is made. Stopping this reduces the amount of processing the display uses,
freeing power for recording. This is set under File > Preferences on the Interface
* Zoom out to the whole length you will be recording
* Disable the recording level meter in Audacity Preferences > Interface as this
will conserve resources on a slower computer
* Defragment your hard drive (only affects Windows users). This increases the
speed your computer can read and write information at by ensuring that files are
kept close together in a logical manner.
*Windows 2000/XP users can try increasing the priority of Audacity in
Task Manager. On GNU/Linux you can run as root (back up everything
first and not recommended unless you are on a standalone machine)
* Make sure (Windows/Linux) that DMA mode is enabled for your
hard drive - see
*Try to avoid interrupt sharing for your soundcard
* Update your hardware drivers to avoid conflicts and get better hardware
performance. Key targets are:
o Sound Card. This is also a common cause of crashes, especially during
o Video (Display) Card
o Hard Drive controller - This is especially important for RAID and other
high performance controllers.
* If you are making a long recording and you will be away from the computer,
it is advisable to disable any screensaver you have. Simply switch the monitor
* If you have audio equipment such as microphones or amplifier close to the
computer, consider moving them apart, altering the grounding so that the
PC is not grounded together with the audio equipment, and using high quality
shielded audio cable, to prevent extraneous noises from the equipment or
the computer seeping into the recording.
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Tested on: 10/07/2006 16:27:07