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Aug 8, 2020 - 4:57:10 AM

mander

USA

4346 posts since 10/7/2007

I decided to make my own audio book and I downloaded a free program, audacity 2.4.2 but when I went to use it, my computer flashed all these warnings about only apps from the Store were safe to use. Okay, fine, the app is only two bucks, but is it worth it?

Can anyone recommend software for audio recording?

Thanks!

Aug 8, 2020 - 5:21:05 AM

1362 posts since 4/13/2017

audacity is fine to use. I use it occasionally, but not much because I have an expensive software now.

Aug 8, 2020 - 6:06:59 AM
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1272 posts since 2/4/2013

they wouldn't want you to use something that isn't from the app store. After all using Audacity means "they" won't be able to collect any data or stream any ads to you. Audacity is highly regarded.

Aug 8, 2020 - 6:08:55 AM

2225 posts since 5/2/2012

My guess is that you have the "S" version of the Windows operating system. It came with the computer I am currently on. The selling point was that it is more (s)ecure, the downside is that you can't download apps outside of the Microsoft store. So no Audacity for me, which is a shame. I can't comment on any of the recording apps they offer.
You can opt out of the "S" version (for free), but that move is not reversable.

Aug 8, 2020 - 6:15:35 AM
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pickn5

USA

1505 posts since 8/8/2012

I use Audacity to record music and save as MP3 and never had a problem.

Aug 8, 2020 - 6:51:13 AM

2225 posts since 5/2/2012

Checked, and the operating system on this computer is "Windows 10 in S mode" Check "system info" on your computer (type it in the search box on the bottom left of the screen), to see what the OS is for your particular computer.

Again, you can switch out of S mode, but that is a one time thing and irreversable.

Aug 8, 2020 - 8:14:56 AM

1362 posts since 4/13/2017

You can also right click the start button, then click "system" in the menu that appears

Aug 8, 2020 - 8:26:34 AM

10861 posts since 2/12/2011

Check out Transcribe by Seventh String. Not free but excellent. And more tools than Audacity. I like the slowdown feature with no change in pitch.

Aug 8, 2020 - 9:25:06 AM
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308 posts since 3/12/2014

Audacity is the best free program, imho.

...Deb

Aug 8, 2020 - 7:30:56 PM

2225 posts since 5/2/2012

mander I was wrong. The Microsoft app store does have Audacity (free). It's their "store" version, and I don't know how it is different from the original version. Easy to use, more features that I will use in my lifetime. Do a google search for "audacity manual" if you need help.

Aug 9, 2020 - 2:12:34 AM

mander

USA

4346 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by thisoldman

mander I was wrong. The Microsoft app store does have Audacity (free). It's their "store" version, and I don't know how it is different from the original version. Easy to use, more features that I will use in my lifetime. Do a google search for "audacity manual" if you need help.


Thanks!

 

Just down loaded it! Will let you know when I have something to post!

Aug 9, 2020 - 7:29:21 AM

2225 posts since 5/2/2012

mander One of the first things I learned when using Audacity is that when you go to save your recording instead of using "save project", use "export" instead. You can export (save) it in your desired format - .mp3, .wav, midi, etc. - to your computer.

Aug 9, 2020 - 2:39:52 PM

mander

USA

4346 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by thisoldman

mander One of the first things I learned when using Audacity is that when you go to save your recording instead of using "save project", use "export" instead. You can export (save) it in your desired format - .mp3, .wav, midi, etc. - to your computer.


thanks!

Aug 12, 2020 - 9:21:25 AM

179 posts since 6/25/2016

quote:
Originally posted by thisoldman

mander One of the first things I learned when using Audacity is that when you go to save your recording instead of using "save project", use "export" instead. You can export (save) it in your desired format - .mp3, .wav, midi, etc. - to your computer.


This advice is somewhat misleading.  "Save" and "Export" are different things, and both are necessary.  You need to Save if you want to be able to come back later and continue work on the project.  That will save an audacity project file, which has all the project data (all the individual tracks, mixer settings, ...), but can only be "played" via audacity.  If you want to play the file back through iTunes, or post it on the web, or play the audio in any other way, then you need to Export to a more universal format, which will save an audio file without all of that extra Audacity stuff (and therefore can't be reopened with Audacity).

So, generally, you ALWAYS want to Save your project (unless you're 100% certain that you'll NEVER want to revisit / modify the project), but only Export when you have a finished project that you want to use for something else - listening to it on your phone or web, etc.  

For me the usual scenario is to ALWAYS save, then do the export, listen to it on my phone, in the car, etc., then reopen the project and make any changes like tweaking the EQ that became apparent when listening in various environments.  Of course, you can only do that if you saved the project.

Aug 12, 2020 - 10:52:32 AM

2225 posts since 5/2/2012

loonsailor Thanks for the correction. Since I just do quick (and not too complex) edits to get things out fast, I don't use "save". Your advice (and clear explanation) will help the OP and others who read this thread. Again, thanks...   

Edited by - thisoldman on 08/12/2020 10:53:55

Aug 24, 2020 - 7:35:27 PM

433 posts since 2/3/2010

Check our Reaper as well. I have been using it for a while now and it does a great job. It is free for 90 days I think, but it keeps working with one small nag screen at the beginning.

Phil

Aug 25, 2020 - 4:15:59 PM
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83 posts since 9/14/2019

If you want free and very good try Cakewalk by Bandlab.

Also, look into a Behringer UM2.

John

Aug 25, 2020 - 7:18:38 PM

2993 posts since 10/17/2009

quote:
Originally posted by mander

I decided to make my own audio book and I downloaded a free program, audacity 2.4.2 but when I went to use it, my computer flashed all these warnings about only apps from the Store were safe to use. Okay, fine, the app is only two bucks, but is it worth it?

Can anyone recommend software for audio recording?

Thanks!


I guess part of the recommendation involves what you are looking for. For spoken voice recording... just basic capturing the words... Audacity is pretty easy. There are even more basic ones. Cakewalk is free and has more features; as with others DAWs... and these might be better choice if wanting a bit more than just capturing the words.

Consider some things that other spoken word (and podcasters) pay attention to... in quality productions it is more than just speaker talking into a mic, but involves a little sound engineering. The flow, tone, and overall sound quality (including background). First the microphone affects tone, want a good match for the persons voice. (as well background, noise). Many relatively inexpensive USB mics will probably work fine.

But as far as the programs... as well there is often some processing tools involved; EQ; compression; de-esser; high pass or low pass or notch filters; normalize; maybe slight room sound or reverb... or others.

Editing,  of course cutting and pasting; helping flow, getting rid of unwanted silences, or assembling different takes. Adjusting or fix volume/dynamics. But also might involve cutting out unwanted sounds (pops, thunks, noise, hiss). There is also consideration if needing to mix in background music or sounds.

These are where differences of the software programs, in these tools and workflow.

I don't know much about spoken word... can't say if or how important those quality and details are to "words"...  but for some might be important to listening experience.

edit: One other consideration is if you would be sending files to another to edit, mix, master... and being able to send them the format they need.

Edited by - banjoak on 08/25/2020 19:32:45

Aug 25, 2020 - 7:44:02 PM

2993 posts since 10/17/2009

BTW. If you are a fan of spoken word, books on tape, might pay a little attention to differences and details of what you think sounds good. Might want to check out web sites, or discussion forums more directly about spoken word. While similar to music recording there seems to be some differences.

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