My goal is to read books and record them for my grandchildren to listen =
to. I have read your tutorials and am wondering if this is the tool for =
me or not. Seems more geared to music or shorter selections. Do you =
know how well your program would work and/or how easily I could split a =
total recording into tracks?
Or, could you recommend a software package for me that would be fairly =
straight forward and address my needs? I'm not OVERLY interested is =
high quality audio, etc. I would like this to be something they can =
keep over the years and listen to.
Thanks for any advice.
| From "Kathy Bob Leitz" <leitz@...>
| Wed, 9 Aug 2006 14:34:36 -0500
| My goal is to read books and record them for my
| grandchildren to listen to. I have read your tutorials and
| am wondering if this is the tool for me or not. Seems
| more geared to music or shorter selections. Do you know
| how well your program would work and/or how easily I
| could split a total recording into tracks?
Audacity does record in uncompressed format to preserve audio
quality, prior to editing and export of the recording to a computer
audio file which you can play on your computer. An example
of a such a file is the well known compressed MP3 format. You
can also export to an uncompressed format called WAV or AIFF
and burn an audio CD from those type of files.
Audacity does therefore need a lot of disk space to record with
(10 MB per minute at its default settings for a mono recording). For
your purposes you can reduce those settings on the Quality tab of
Audacity Preferences (under its Edit Menu). If you set on that tab the
Default Sample Format to 16 bit and the Default Sample Rate to
22 050 Hz, you only needn 2.5 MB per minute for recording space and
that is reasonably satisfactory for speech, though a sample rate of
44 100 Hz would be better if disc space is not an issue.
Audacity cannot record directly to a compressed audio file like MP3,
as some (mostly paid for) programs can, but this does mean that
you can edit your files after recording them, such as adding effects
or additional tracks, cutting pieces out, or splitting the recording up
into smaller pieces. Audacity has no limit on length of recording
This link explains how you can divide your recording into smaller
pieces and export them in one go as separate audio files :
All these instructions will make more sense if you download our
program and try it. Obviously you will need a half decent
external microphone which would plug into the microphone
port of your computer. Get a dynamic one unless you want
to add extra power for it via a pre-amplifier, which is probably
overkill for your purposes. An inbuilt computer microphone is
not likely to produce better than telephone quality.
| Or, could you recommend a software package for me that
| would be fairly straight forward and address my needs?
If you try Audacity and do not get on with it, and let us know
what operating system you are on e.g .Windows, perhaps we
can recommend something else (though there is not a huge
abundance of free recording programs that record for a long
time in reasonable quality). Some look inviting but only produce
telephone line quality without the ability to change the quality
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