Recording voice files on CD ROM

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  1. TomVols

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    I do a week's radio devotionals every month or two. I'd like to start putting these on CD rom as audio files. Any way I can do this with my computer, burn them onto a CD, without having to spend a fortune?
     
  2. matt wade

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    Do you already have them as files on your computer? If so, what format?
     
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    Not yet. That's step one. HOw do I do that? What's the best way and can it be done with simple, resident software?
     
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    Best software for sound editing is Audacity. Works on Mac, Windows & Linux. And guess what? It's a free download at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

    If your files are on tape, run them into your PC soundcard. You'll need a patch cable with likely a mini 3.5" plug on both ends. If they are on flash memory, like an SD or CF card, just pop 'em into a card reader and copy the files to your PC.
     
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    Where do you do the recording for broadcast? I don't think there are any radio stations recording analog these days... Ask the engineer for a CD. They should be able to burn you one in minutes. Once you have the audio in a digital format the rest is easy.

    :thumbsup: :thumbsup: on Audacity.. Handy basic audio tool. I used Audition when I was doing a lot of audio a few years ago.
     
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    Yuppers. We have a cheap digital recorder for the sermons in out little church. Download them to the to computer, export them as mp3 files and voila!
     
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    Let me rephrase and clarify:
    While I won't mind putting my cassette devotionals onto a CD (transfer), I'm wanting to actually RECORD my devotionals onto the computer, THEN transfer them to a CD
     
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    I would suggest getting an inexpensive digital recorder. It will come with the transfer software then Audacity will let you convert to mp3 to burn to your CD.

    But, thats me and I am no computer expert.
     
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    You can use audicity and just plug a microphone into your computer.
     
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    Well, why didn't you say that in the first place? Just get yourself one of these...

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    ...and you'll be ready to go. :thumbsup:

    As Matt said, if your soundcard has a mic input, you can use Audacity as your recording software. I'm not a great fan of PC mics. I've been spoiled over the years with some great quality studio mics.

    Another alternative is to build yourself a mini-studio. You should be able to put together some mics, a small mixer and a soundcard with RCA inputs for under $200.

    Roger mentioned a digital recorder. I haven't looked at them in years. The last one I bought was over $900...

    You can do all sorts of amazing things with the track once it's recorded. Maybe you coughed or belched? You can snip it right out. Want background music or sound effects? You can add multiple tracks and mix them down into a mono or stereo track.

    Just a word of warning. It can be addictive. You will find yourself manipulating waveforms in the wee hours....
     
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    We don't get recording studio quality, but our little mini recorder cost less than 50 euro.
     
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    I have the Olympus LS-10. Beats just about everything I have ever used for field recording.
     
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    Looks like a nice piece. I used to lug a Gator Box filled with a mixer (Behringer 1608) mics, cables, various stands and a TASCAM CD recorder. Try putting that into your pocket!

    C4K said, "We don't get recording studio quality, but our little mini recorder cost less than 50 euro." What do you use?
     
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    An older model Olympus VN 480 I think, but I was wrong - it was 79 euro. But Aldi had them for 49 euro not tool long ago.
     
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    LOL - Well, we have one in our house that once sold for $60,000. :D Of course we didn't pay for that because DH MADE it (he was in the audio industry years ago and made the first 64 track digital recorder - for significantly less than anyone else could do it at that time - but this was around 1990 - LOL).

    I'm going to send DH this thread and see what he says.
     
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    Yep - DH confirms what everyone said here. Plug a mic into your sound card and use Audacity to edit (it's what he uses for our sermon editing). Then you can use iTunes to burn the CD or whatever else you have.
     
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    Anyone know anything about AVS software? Looks like it's similar to Audacity
     
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    Never heard of it but I like their icon...

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    I've used Audacity for 7-8 years now and remain comfortable with it. My preference was Adobe Audition but the cost is prohibitive.

    Here's a link to AVS if you want more info on their Audio Editor
     
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    I meant to ask the sound guys at church what they use, as they record to CDs. I may try to give one of them a call tomorrow and find out. ;)
     
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    Okay, just for the fun of it, let's say I want to try to put my tapes onto cds. Is there any way to use the PC to do that and not spend thousands?
     

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