I always thought that it should be theoretically possible to record any sound that you are hearing on your computer. While I knew that there were programs out that that allowed you to record audio from select applications, say Skype or Teamspeak, I wanted to find an application that would enable me to record audio regardless of its source. As long as it is audible, it should be recordable, right?
A universal program can be useful in a number of situations. From recording audio chat over great tunes that you hear in computer games to recording video or audio that is being streamed to your computer.
It needs to be noted that you may be up for a bit of cutting after the recording, as the program cannot really distinguish between different types of audio as it just records what is audible on the computer for as long as you let it.
The freeware that I'm speaking of is called MP3 My MP3 Recorder. After installing the application you specify the source from where you want to record the audio from. You may select from the following sources: Phone Line, Microphone, Line In, CD Player, AUX, SPDIF, Stereo Mix and Mono Mix. Stereo Mix for instance should be a great selection for most purposes. Once that is done you should fine tune the recording level for best results.
To do so take a look at the bar on the right side of the program window which should not peak into the red area at all times. Once that is done click on settings to specify the bit rate for the sound that will be recorded (between 32 and 320). You may also set a time limit for the recording but the default is to record until you stop the recording.
If everything is set the way you want it to be you click on the (red) recording button to start the process. The buttons to stop and play the already recorded songs will become active once that process has started.
I think this is a great tool if you want to record audio fast and easy. The quality is pretty nice as well.
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