pipacsos wrote: Under this there's a checked off thingy. This is the only one that is checked.
I don't really get it, does it need to be checked=off?? If I undo
the checked sign, then my laptop makes even more hiss. Any ideas?
In theory, the check-off thingy (check box) should be checked for
just those inputs you want to record. The usual case is to record
just one input. I've never tried this: but, since it's a mixer, you
should be able to mix multiple inputs to record them together. But I
digress. I just experimented on my PC: the check box for Microphone
on the Recording Control has no effect (another mystery of computing
to unravel). Unchecking the box did not increase the noise level like
you experienced; I'm speculating, but the difference may be due to
difference between our PCs in their audio hardware and related
On the Recording Control program: Options > Advanced Controls (check
this). If you now see an Advanced button on the Microphone channel,
click it. See if that dialog has a check off thingy (:-) for "Mic Boost";
uncheck it if necessary. I get lots and lots of hiss when it's checked.
Are the Cool Edit 2000 and Total Recorder freewares?
If you know any free softwares to record with, just let me know.
Audacity is the first one ever that I use for recording sound.
Total Recorder is not free, but it's inexpensive. I've been using the
Standard Edition for about five years; it's the best $12 I ever spent
on computers. I use it regularly to record streaming audio and radio
broadcasts of music. Its elementary editing capability works just
fine for editing most speech, where all I do is crop out the good stuff
from among broadcast introductions and advertisements. Over the last
several weeks, I've been using it "by hand" to chop long audio books
in MP3 files into separate files by chapter as I listen.
However, for LibriVox editing, you'd want the Professional Edition
($36) for its much better editing features (I've only toyed briefly
with it). My experience with Cool Edit (which is similar to Audacity)
and Total Recorder suggests that the Professional Edition of Total
Recorder is likely to be easier for a beginner to learn and use. You
can download a trial version for free from http://www.highcriteria.com/
If you haven't discovered it yet, the documentation wiki has a number
of pages on software.
Start here: http://www.librivox.org/wiki/moin.cgi/SoftwareWeUse
A free program you might try is Exact Audio Copy (listed at the link
above). It can record and has a Wave editor. I toyed with its editor
for a project similar to LibriVox (where we use the main program to
rip recordings of speech from audio CDs), but I can't say how
satisfactory it would be in practice for audio editing. The editor
has a noise filter.