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Old Sep 28, 2005, 12:46 AM   #1
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Recording on ibook

Hi everyone,
I got a new ibook last week, and I'm loving it so far.. taking me a while to figure out a few things though.

I keep hearing about the built-in mic and how you can voice record straight to the hard drive. How do you do this? I can't seem to find a utility to do this. Also, if I were recording a lecture at school, is the mic good enough quality to pick it up? Will using it kill the battery really fast? Also, if the ibook goes to sleep because I don't touch it for a couple of minutes, will the mic stop recording?

Thanks for your help!
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 01:19 AM   #2
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You can use many apps, I like Audacity, which is free across platforms
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 01:32 AM   #3
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Hi everyone,
I got a new ibook last week, and I'm loving it so far.. taking me a while to figure out a few things though.

I keep hearing about the built-in mic and how you can voice record straight to the hard drive. How do you do this? I can't seem to find a utility to do this. Also, if I were recording a lecture at school, is the mic good enough quality to pick it up? Will using it kill the battery really fast? Also, if the ibook goes to sleep because I don't touch it for a couple of minutes, will the mic stop recording?

Thanks for your help!
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 02:01 AM   #4
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I'm not sure what the mic in the iBook is like, but the mic in my PowerBook is useless! The source material is always obscured by internal noises like the fan, key presses, the hard drive, etc

As far as recording, use Garageband or Audacity. Your iBook shouldn't go to sleep while recording. Your battery life will take a hit (not sure how big though) due to the fact that the audio has to be constantly written to disk.
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 02:17 AM   #5
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For software, Wiretap Pro is only $19 and is very well reviewed.
http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/wiretap/

If you want more inputs, I recommend the Creative Sound Blaster MP3+. It has optical in/out, RCA in/out, and mic in/headphone out. It is only stereo (no 5.1 despite the optical SPDIF), but a pretty good solution if you want to use another microphone.
http://us.creative.com/products/prod...07&product=154
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i use my internal mic on my ibook to record lectures in my word documents. i then export them to itunes and put them on my ipod. i tell myself it'll make me smarter. but really, i just do it cuz i can.
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 03:27 AM   #7
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I'm not sure what the mic in the iBook is like, but the mic in my PowerBook is useless! The source material is always obscured by internal noises like the fan, key presses, the hard drive, etc
Is that the case with all the PowerBooks? Are the iBooks better for recording? Does anyone know?

Because I really want to be able to record lectures and I'm still hovering between the 12" iBook and 12" PowerBook, but if the iBook records better due to mic positioning or something that definately tips the balance for me.
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 03:36 AM   #8
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I books have the mic on the right side of the screen (See that little hole? on the bezel?) Which I guess makes it slightly better because its in a quieter place... I don't really care much though. I've only used mine to voice over in FC.
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Is that the case with all the PowerBooks? Are the iBooks better for recording? Does anyone know?

Because I really want to be able to record lectures and I'm still hovering between the 12" iBook and 12" PowerBook, but if the iBook records better due to mic positioning or something that definately tips the balance for me.
I would guess that the iBooks are a lot better for recording due to the fact that the mic is in the screen. The mic in the PowerBooks is inside the PowerBook under the left-hand speaker grill, which is why it picks up so much internal noise.
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 10:18 AM   #10
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i use my internal mic on my ibook to record lectures in my word documents. i then export them to itunes and put them on my ipod. i tell myself it'll make me smarter. but really, i just do it cuz i can.
That would be great, to record straight into word.. how do you do it though? sorry if this is a silly question, but I've tried and I can't figure it out...
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 12:07 PM   #11
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That would be great, to record straight into word.. how do you do it though? sorry if this is a silly question, but I've tried and I can't figure it out...
It's a new feature on Word 2004.
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Old Sep 28, 2005, 04:57 PM   #12
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It's a new feature on Word 2004.
Thanks for the cryptic response

I finally figured it out after a while of trying.. how do I export the file from Word to iTunes?
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