I just want a simple program to record audio...

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Integra, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Something as easy as windows sound recorder. I have been through so many freeware apps and find them useless.

    All I want to do is record sound in good quality and save it. nothing more. Hit record and then go.

    Audacity keeps crashing so much Im not using it any more and its over complicated. with too many useless features for me.

    Quicktime doesn't let me save as .wav

    Garage Band should be renamed Garbage Bag

    I can run windows sound recorder but it doesn't let me change the quality settings.
     
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    seisend

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    why ?

    Garage Band lets you handle this, and it's also for free (already in OSX) :

     
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    Jon-Luke

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    Ahem...

     
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    Jon-Luke

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    Oops didn't read the details of his post - apologies...

    But then I think your next best option is to use Quicktime 7 (its in the additional apps DVD that came with Snow Leopard) this program will allow you to export your sound files into .wav
     
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    Protip: File -> Export.
     
  9. macrumors regular

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    Hi Integra - it would be nice to know what version of the OS you're running and on what.

    Quicktime X saves Audio as a .mov by default. You can however drag your .mov file into iTunes and export it as a .wav.

    ie. set iTunes import settings in iTunes Preferences (under the General tab next to: When you insert a CD) to .wav, then highlight the track in your library and under the Advanced Menu Bar option choose Create WAV version. A bit convoluted, but it is possible.

    Another method would be to record using the Pro version of Quicktime 7 and under the Export settings choose Export: Sound to Wave ...

    Cheers.

    P.S.

    Protips are fine if the user has Pro apps ;)
     
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    Amatetur apps can be fine too.

    It's been a while since I used non-pro Quicktime, but I thought that you needed pro to have the option to save the clip. Perhaps this is changed in Quicktime X?
     
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    Do you have some specific problem with Garage Band? What exactly is wrong?

    If computers are to complex for you then try something like a Zoom digital recorder. These have a built-in mic and an on/off switch and record the SD cards. Very easy to use.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I find garage band has too many features i'd never use. same with pro-tools and all the rest of them. the less bells and whistles the better.

    I use Modplug Tracker to program, edit and sequence my samples and recordings. I can use VST plugins too if i want them. I'm running OSX 10.6.2.

    I dont use effects or extensive EQ because I have real external effects and everything sounds pretty much right before its recorded.
     
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    ImpostorOak

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    Wait... you don't like programs that have any more features than you need for exactly what you want to do?

    Have you ever, you know, thought about... oh, I don't know... not using the extra features? I think it would be the understatement of the century to say that it's obvious that Garageband doesn't force you to use all the features it has. Everything you need (record button, etc) is in plain sight, so why does it matter that the program doesn't have an incredibly limited feature set? It doesn't make doing what you want to do any harder.

    Saying a program sucks because it does more than you need is the most ridiculous logic anybody in history has EVER come up with.
     
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    I think Wiretap Studio works great for recording virtually anything that goes into or comes out of your Mac. Ambrosia Software has been around a long, long time and they have always had quality stuff.

    You should look at Soundboard, Wiretap, and Wiretap Studio.
     
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