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    anyone know of any free easy audio recorders?

    I used to have a great audio recorder on my old computer that would record what is heard through the speakers and save it as either mp3 or WAV files, but I sadly no longer have the program. Does anyone know of any free or very cheap programs that can do this and are easy to use? Any help is appreciated, thanks.

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    Audacity is easy and free and, from what I can tell, is what a lot of us on this board use.

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    I downloaded it, maybe I am dumb but I cant figure out how to use this thing to record what is playing over the speaker. HELP!

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    Go into your audio properties menu and click on the properties for your microphone. Then check the box that says stereo mix and this will then record whatever sounds play in ur speakers including clicking noises and other sounds such as IMs. If u cant find it lemme know.

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    I tried the drop down menu that lists: microphone, line in, cd audio, stereo mix and put it on stereo mix and then played over the speaker what I wanted to record and pushed "record" but nothing happened, the music wave bar thing didnt register anything playing, and when I tried to play it back I got nothing. Do I have to do something before I try to record? Not sure what I am doing wrong?

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    Can you define "Very Cheap"? I may have a viable option if Audacity doesn't work out for you.

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    "very cheap"=around $10 possibly a bit higher if its super easy and works well.

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    I was about to suggest Super MP3 Recorder, but its apparently gone up in price since I last checked (its about 30 bucks now D= ).

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    Not sure if it's what you are looking for, but goldwave is very good, and free too (well it was when I downloaded it a long while ago)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigertail777 View Post
    I tried the drop down menu that lists: microphone, line in, cd audio, stereo mix and put it on stereo mix and then played over the speaker what I wanted to record and pushed "record" but nothing happened, the music wave bar thing didnt register anything playing, and when I tried to play it back I got nothing. Do I have to do something before I try to record? Not sure what I am doing wrong?
    I'm not sure what you're trying to do because playing something through your speakers could mean you're playing a file off a CD, off your computer, off Youtube, etc. I can't tell what you're doing wrong because I don't know where the source file is coming from. I have a lot of faith that Audacity can do whatever it is you're trying to do. Give us some more information.

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    Hi I am trying to record what I think is streaming audio (I am trying to record some of the music off the site: shukilevy.com, it has samples you can listen to in like a quicktime thing, but you can't keep it) so I am playing the music through my speakers off that site and trying to record. I used to have something on my old computer called (I think) creative X and it had a "record what you hear" option that was awesome I could record anything that was played on the speakers and save it as a WAV, which I would then use another program to convert to mp3. I loved that program, but my new computer didn't come with it and I no longer have the disc. I am totally new to Audacity so am not sure what its capable of, the help menu isn't a lot of help on it when it comes to what I want to do. Is that enough information, or do you need me to be more detailed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigertail777 View Post
    Hi I am trying to record what I think is streaming audio (I am trying to record some of the music off the site: shukilevy.com, it has samples you can listen to in like a quicktime thing, but you can't keep it) so I am playing the music through my speakers off that site and trying to record. I used to have something on my old computer called (I think) creative X and it had a "record what you hear" option that was awesome I could record anything that was played on the speakers and save it as a WAV, which I would then use another program to convert to mp3. I loved that program, but my new computer didn't come with it and I no longer have the disc. I am totally new to Audacity so am not sure what its capable of, the help menu isn't a lot of help on it when it comes to what I want to do. Is that enough information, or do you need me to be more detailed?
    Umm did u check in audacity to make sure it says stereo mix near record? Should be a drop down menu where u can select stereo mix. Also to correctly change to stereo mix right click on the microphone/sound thingy on ur start bar and go to adjust audio properties. Then click the Audio tab and under sound recording click on the volume btn. In this screen select stereo mix and adjust the volume so that when u record it would be too loud and sound staticy. If this doesn't work then I dunno whats wrong lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigertail777 View Post
    Hi I am trying to record what I think is streaming audio (I am trying to record some of the music off the site: shukilevy.com, it has samples you can listen to in like a quicktime thing, but you can't keep it) so I am playing the music through my speakers off that site and trying to record. I used to have something on my old computer called (I think) creative X and it had a "record what you hear" option that was awesome I could record anything that was played on the speakers and save it as a WAV, which I would then use another program to convert to mp3. I loved that program, but my new computer didn't come with it and I no longer have the disc. I am totally new to Audacity so am not sure what its capable of, the help menu isn't a lot of help on it when it comes to what I want to do. Is that enough information, or do you need me to be more detailed?
    That's enough information. Audacity is very capable of recording music streamed off a website. Here's all you need to do:

    1) open Audacity
    2) switch the input to "stereo mix" in the drop-down menu near the top middle of the screen
    3) click "project" at the top (next to "file," "edit," etc.)
    4) select "new audio track"
    5) click the red "record" button
    6) begin playing the song you want to record

    As a test I went to shukilevy.com and recorded a sample, doing nothing more than what's listed in the steps above. Try again in case you're forgetting something and let us know if it works.

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    Awesome thanks! I can save as WAV! The mp3 saving feature says I need something called LAME to use, but WAV is fine for now. It said if you save in mp3 that it would be mono though... is that true of all streaming audio?

    Thanks for all your help, this stuff should have probably been obvious but I am new to all of this and appreciate the help.

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    LAME is downloadable from Audacity's site. It just basically converts the format saved into .mp3.

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    Follow the basic instructions and you should be done (:

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurgolden View Post
    That's enough information. Audacity is very capable of recording music streamed off a website. Here's all you need to do:

    1) open Audacity
    2) switch the input to "stereo mix" in the drop-down menu near the top middle of the screen
    3) click "project" at the top (next to "file," "edit," etc.)
    4) select "new audio track"
    5) click the red "record" button
    6) begin playing the song you want to record

    As a test I went to shukilevy.com and recorded a sample, doing nothing more than what's listed in the steps above. Try again in case you're forgetting something and let us know if it works.
    I just downloaded Audacity and am having problems getting it to record what I want. I would like to to record my computer sounds (whatever is coming out through my speakers) without having to place a microphone between two speakers. I have not been able to do this yet. Do you have any suggestions? I am not able to switch the input on the mixer toolbar (I think that's the name for that toolbar that has the drop down menu you refer to. I can't change it because the drop down arrow is ghosted and cannot be selected.

    Any suggestions will be met by more contributions to the site! Thanks in advance.

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    Well i bought a Mp3 and got a CD with it aswell. A program Called Creative MuVo, in my opinion one of the best and easiest program to record anything you like. I think you can try search for it on google or even download it illegaly. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Link006 View Post
    I just downloaded Audacity and am having problems getting it to record what I want. I would like to to record my computer sounds (whatever is coming out through my speakers) without having to place a microphone between two speakers. I have not been able to do this yet. Do you have any suggestions? I am not able to switch the input on the mixer toolbar (I think that's the name for that toolbar that has the drop down menu you refer to. I can't change it because the drop down arrow is ghosted and cannot be selected.

    Any suggestions will be met by more contributions to the site! Thanks in advance.
    Audacity can record any sound coming out of your speakers, including your "computer sounds." I've seen the drop-down menu ghosted before (a minor bug; it's only happened twice since I downloaded it). When this has happened to me, I just closed Audacity and opened it again and the problem was fixed. After that, just follow the steps I listed above. Let us know if that didn't work.

    P.S. Tigertail, did you get the LAME mp3 plugin to work? That should make life easier, so you won't have to use a second program to convert the WAV files.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurgolden View Post
    Audacity can record any sound coming out of your speakers, including your "computer sounds." I've seen the drop-down menu ghosted before (a minor bug; it's only happened twice since I downloaded it). When this has happened to me, I just closed Audacity and opened it again and the problem was fixed. After that, just follow the steps I listed above. Let us know if that didn't work.

    P.S. Tigertail, did you get the LAME mp3 plugin to work? That should make life easier, so you won't have to use a second program to convert the WAV files.
    The drop down menu is still ghosted and has never not been ghosted since I downloaded the program.

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    I don't know what to tell you. You've tried starting a new project once it's open, right? Weird. Did do download the most recent version?

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    SWEET! I got LAME to work and it converts to mp3 like a charm! Thanks soooo much!

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    No prob. I'm glad it worked!

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    Hopefully that works on these forums; that's what my Audacity looks like. It is version 1.2.6.

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    Apparently, this is a common problem:

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    The good news is that it looks like they have a step-by-step guide to fix it.

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    Another audio question since this seems to be the place for them; how do you extract the vocals from audio the way some folks are doing to make custom soundtracks? I tried the invert audio trick on audacity... but it just removed ALL audio (and yes it was a stereo track). Is there different ways to do it? like if its a dvd is there a way to get into some of the folders that make up everything on the dvd and extract the audio, or would you record it with the what you hear function and then try to separate that stereo track?

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