Recording on ibook

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by smooshy, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

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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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    iEdd

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    You can use many apps, I like Audacity, which is free across platforms :)
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    use garage band.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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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 :mad:

    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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    Xeem

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  6. macrumors regular

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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.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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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.
     
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    TheMonarch

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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.
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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...
     
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    ftaok

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    It's a new feature on Word 2004.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the cryptic response :rolleyes:

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

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