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Solved: Record live to PC and/or CD

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by jtwilburt, Aug 2, 2006.

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  1. jtwilburt

    jtwilburt Thread Starter

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    I currently make live records from a sound board at church to cassette and would like to move to the current century ie: cd recording. Should I rather record to PC then make CD or can I record directly to CD? What software should I use? Does there exist and if so should I use a direct to CD machine and skip the PC altogether? Thanks, I know somebody here can help me out
     
  2. daddyhominum

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    Audacity is a free program that will record to your PC and permit you to do some manipulation but you will need to burn your cd in a separate program.
     
  3. thecoalman

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    How about a portable digital recording device?

    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/MicroTrack2496-main.html

    That's a steep price but this is one of those niche markets and there isn't a lot out there. Even the CD recorders are similarly priced. Seems like certain things are much more than they should be like mini-dv decks... you can buy a cam cheaper than a plain deck.. cam has more stuff, makes no sense.

    As far as hooking it directly to your PC that is simple enough if you have a laptop or the space available near the soundboard. You only have to hook it to the microphone jack just like you do the cassette recorder... Use the aformentioned Audacity to record. Burn it to disc or whatever else you want to do with it.
     
  4. jtwilburt

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    Thanks for the Audacity tip, I'll "bench test" it from home before trying live recording. Should have mentioned, I already have a PC adjacent to the sound board for visual projection. Any thought on what software to use to burn the cd's? They need to be compatible (obviously) with audio cd players not just PC based cd drives.

    PS - The digital recorder looks like a lot of fun too as I love gadgets. Maybe for Christmas, the gadget budget was shot on a pool for the kids this summer.
     
  5. daddyhominum

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    If I recall correctly, you need to record and burn .wav format audio files for complete compatability with all cd players. Most burn programs automagically burn wav as cda.
     
  6. thecoalman

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    You don't have to record as WAV, WAV will create pretty big files. If you have the space or just want to use them as temp files it's preferable. For storage on computer you can use a lossless codec like WMA lossless, FLAC. If space is an issue you can use a slightly compressed WMA or other codec.

    To get them to CD you can use any common burning application, just use the audio CD option. It will convert any audio files to the correct format which can be played in a CD player.
     
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    Thanks for the replies and input. This should keep me busy for a while.
     
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