Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. March 6, 2006
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Voice of the People
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 the CD Player (it will probably open automatically; if it does, click the Stop button). Now open the Recorder (Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, 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. Note: If the waveform is flattening out, your sound file will be distorted.

The recording time is entirely dependent on your system memory. With 64MB of RAM installed, we can record 150 seconds (stereo, 16 bits, 44100 samples per second). You can also get more recording time if you reduce the sound requirements. To do this, choose Edit, Audio Properties and click the arrow at the right side of the Preferred Quality list box. Choose Radio Quality and click OK.

Alternatively, you can click Customize and then choose the audio parameters from the Customize dialog box. Click OK when you're finished and then click OK again to close the Audio Properties dialog box.

If you have a microphone or tape player, you can try working with both. To use a tape player, you'll need an adapter to connect both the right and left channel cables to the type of connector used by your sound card. You can get these adapters at Radio Shack. The adapter plugs into the Line input on the sound card.

The 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.