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From: "Audacity Help" <audacity-help@...>
To: "ABowie" <abowie@...>
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2007 3:13 AM
Subject: Re: [Audacity-help] Audacity 1.2.6
> | From ABowie
> | Thu, 5 Jul 2007 15:54:19 -0400
> | Subject: [Audacity-help] Audacity 1.2.6
> | I'm using Windows Home XP SP 2 with Audacity 1.2.6 downloaded.
> | I want to record voice sounds on my hard drive using a microphone.
> Can I
> | use Audacity with to do this?
> Yes. Please see the steps underneath this message.
> | If so, will Audacity save the voice sounds as an MP3 file?
> You can export to MP3 with Audacity if you add the LAME MP3 encoder to
> computer and tell Audacity where to find it. Please see:
> Gale Andrews
> RECORDING WITH MICROPHONE
> 1 Go to the Audio I/O tab of Preferences and check that the
> playback and recording devices are explicitly set to your inbuilt
> sound, or if you have multiple sound devices (e.g. built-in sound
> and an external USB soundcard, or a USB microphone) then you
> need to choose the ones you want to use in the Audio I/O tab.
> Do not select Microsoft SoundMapper.
> Typical recording device setups:
> * microphone plugged into microphone port: select built-in sound
> or the soundcard as the recording device
> * microphone plugged into a mixer which connects to line-in: select
> built-in sound or the soundcard as the recording device
> * microphone plugged into a USB or Firewire mixer or input/output
> device: select the USB or Firewire device as the recording device
> * USB microphone plugged into USB port: select the USB
> microphone as the recording device.
> 2 Unless you want to record in stereo (2 channels), make sure the
> recording channels on the same Audio I/O tab is set to "1 (mono)".
> Note that many microphones or microphone ports are mono. If you
> are recording multiple tracks, it is preferable to record them in mono,
> then pan each in the stereo field with the L....R pan sliders on the
> 3 Now you have to set the recording source for the device you
> are recording from. You do this in the Mixer Toolbar dropdown selector
> If your microphone is plugged into the microphone port on the
> computer, choose "microphone" or "mic" or "rear mic" on the
> dropdown selector. If your microphone is plugged into a mixer
> or pre-amplifier connected to line-in on the computer, choose
> "line-in". If you are using a built-in microphone, this may be called
> just "mic" or may be called "built-in mic" or "front mic" to
> it from a microphone that plugs into the microphone port.
> If you are using a USB microphone, or the device your microphone is
> plugged into connects via USB or Firewire, the Audacity dropdown
> selector will normally be greyed out whilst the USB microphone or
> USB/Firewire device is chosen as recording device in the Audio I/O tab
> so step 3 can be skipped. Any configuration necessary can be done on
> the device or in any software that comes with it.
> NOTE: If the Mixer Toolbar selector is greyed out on when recording into
> microphone or line-in port of the computer, please see this page:
> 4 Decide if you want to "monitor" your recording, that is, hear it
> played back as you make it. If you do, open the system sound mixer
> ("Sounds and Audio Devices" in the Windows Control Panel), unmute
> microphone or line-in (as appropriate) as a playback device, and turn
> the volume up. If this does not work, or if the playback and recording
> devices on Audio I/O tab are different, choose "software playthrough"
> on the Audio I/O tab, which always works, but with a delay and extra
> load on the computer.
> If you do monitor your recording, we recommend using headphones
> as this will prevent the playback of the recording seeping into the
> recording itself, which could cause an echo, or the recording to be
> too loud.
> 5 Next, set the volume level of your recording input. Click on
> the downward pointing arrow in the right hand (red) recording
> level meters
> and click "monitor input". While speaking or singing into your
> microphone as
> loud as you would for the loudest part of what you want to record,
> adjust the
> right-hand recording level slider (by the microphone symbol) on the
> Toolbar so the recording meters are almost reaching the far right-hand
> (but not far enough to bring the red hold lights on). If the recording
> meters are not visible, go to the Interface tab of Preferences and
> "Enable Meter Toolbar".
> If you cannot get a high enough volume coming in through the
> microphone, click "Volume" in the "Sound Recording" panel on the
> Audio tab of Sounds and Audio Devices in the Windows Control
> Panel, and check if you have an automatic gain control or volume
> boost available for the microphone. This may be accessible by clicking
> on the "Advanced" button.
> 6 Create a new Project by clicking File > Save Project As. Start your
> recording by pressing the red Record button. You can pause and
> restart the recording with the blue Pause button. When you have
> finished recording, press the red Stop button and save your recording
> into the Project you started (File > Save Project). Now the data is
> safe, you can edit it in Audacity if you want to (e.g. cut pieces out),
> or come back to it later by re-opening the saved Project file (File >
> Open). See here for explanations of basic editing processes
> 7 You can also record a "voiceover" i.e. record your voice while
> to playback of a backing or music track in Audacity. To do this,
> enable "Play other tracks while recording new one" on the
> Audio I/O tab of Preferences. Always use headphones to listen to the
> backing track, but don't change your recording source away from
> microphone or line-in. Note there will almost certainly be a delay
> between singing or speaking into the microphone and that sound
> being laid down in the recording. Audacity will try to correct for
> this by pushing the recorded track backwards slightly after
> recording, but you can always adjust the synchronisation of the
> recorded track and the backing track by using the Time Shift Tool
> <---> top left to drag the recorded track left or right to its correct
> position. Finally you can adjust each track in the stereo field using
> the L....R pan sliders on the Track Panels (below the mute/solo
> 8 When you are happy with the edited recording, you need to export it
> as an audio file (File > Export) that you can play on your computer. If
> you export the recording as a WAV or AIFF file, you can also burn that
> file to an audio CD. See:
> 9 If you want to export your recording to an MP3 file, you need to
> add the LAME MP3 encoder to your computer. See:
> 10 If you've made a long recording which contains multiple sections or
> songs which you'd like to export as individual audio files, you can use
> Project > Add Label at Selection" to place labels in a new Label Track
> at the points where you want to divide your recording. If you then use
> the File > Export Multiple command, this will export multiple files
> different names based on those split points. Note that if you want to
> burn individual CD tracks for each of these songs, you must export
> individual audio files corresponding to your desired CD tracks and then
> burn each of those files to CD. See these instructions about how to
> split long recordings using labels:
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