Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. July 13, 2005
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If you're just now getting interested in working with voice and sounds, you have the perfect starting point already on your hard disk. Let's say you'd like to record some sound bites from some of your CDs. Here's how.

Put the audio disk into the CD-ROM drive and open Windows Media Player. Now open Sound Recorder (Start, All Programs, Accessories, Multimedia, Sound Recorder). Now click Record on the Sound Recorder and then click Play on the CD Player. Watch the graphical indicator on the Sound Recorder. If you see some of the waveforms flatten out, the record volume is too high. Choose Edit, Audio Properties, and when the dialog box opens, reduce the Recording volume. If the waveform is flattening out, your sound file will be distorted.

Sound Recorder is far from a full-featured digital recorder, but it does a great job with sound bites and comments. And it's a great way to get started.