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Audio Record Wizard 7.1 Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Audio Record Wizard 7.1

Audio Record Wizard can record any audio on the computer.
$24.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 424 (52%) 389 (48%) 40 comments

Audio Record Wizard 7.1 was available as a giveaway on July 21, 2014!

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Audio Record Wizard can record any audio on the computer as MP3/WAV/OGG/FLAC files. It provides Voice Activation System, File Length Limitation System and Schedule to help you to record online audio programs even while you're not at your PC!

This audio recorder software works directly with your sound card, so you can record any sound or music at near-perfect quality. It is easy to record sound from a microphone, a cassette tape player, or an LP player. You can also use the recording audio software to record music from almost any Windows application, and Web page, including Youtube, iTunes and many more.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 8.1

Publisher:

NowSmart

Homepage:

http://www.nowsmart.com/streaming-audio-recorder.html

File Size:

11.1 MB

Price:

$24.95

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#40

To fix the problem of programs that show up as not registered under Standard account you can log onto your Administrator account and temporally set the Standard account to Administrator. Log back onto that account and run the "activate" file. Change the account back to a Standard account after your done.
Your program will now be registered under the Standard account when you run it. ;-) Be warned this still may not prevent you from having to run the program as an Administrator. Some programs must be run as Administrator or they won't run properly but at least it's registered on both accounts if that was an issue for you.

Reply   |   Comment by BeenTaken  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#39

I used previous versions of ARW and was satisfied with the quality of the recordings. This new version sseems to be even better.

Reply   |   Comment by Miroslav Cunic  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#38

Excellent Software! Been using version 6.8 and this newer version installed over the previous one with no issues (Win7 Ultimate running as Administrator). It even recognized my previously-set output folder as My Music/My Recordings (as opposed to many installations that insist upon putting their output in your My Documents folder). The interface is cleaner and the sound input options [at top of program window] appear to have been simplified for the masses (computer sounds, voice or both). Definitely a keeper, but I knew that when I first saw the title! Multiple-Giovanni-Thumbs Up!

Reply   |   Comment by GDrive  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#37

I have their earlier version they gave away a while back and was pleased with it, this does better. It states that in Win7,8 and better it can record both the system output AND mic input simultaniously grabbing all sides of a webinar, voip or chat program. I am pleased to report their description is incomplete, it also works flawlessly on Vista SP2 32bit. It also works with Rocksmith USB capture leads too, so no idea what was causing #1, NYBs problem with USB sound devices!

You can install this over the top of the old version or into a different folder. This license code does not invalidate the previous giveaway version!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#36

This is a good time as any to remind the many interested peep's here to make sure that their computer has the "record what you here" option installed. If you don't have it installed, this GAOTD is useless. Everyone should have that driver on their master driver disk.

Reply   |   Comment by Bjorn Berkowitz  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#35

On a second note, you can actually rename, tag, merge and trim the audio! Once you make a recording, right-click it to open an options menu. Pressing the shortcut letters in the right corner of the recording menu allows you to quickly access options such as Noise Surpression, Auto Gain Control, Schedule and more.

Reply   |   Comment by Kat  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#34

Installed on Win 8.1 without problems. (Open both the installation file and Activate as Admin.) The program opens in a small window. The program provides help to help you get familiar with the interface, but it is simple enough to figure out by yourself. It works well and is quite user friendly. The options allow you to choose different file formats, output options, audio quality and others. As a suggestion for improvement, please add options to manually name every file, and the option to reset the recording without saving. Thank you Giveaway and Audio Wizard for today's great pick!

Reply   |   Comment by Kat  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#33

To Larry, currently @ #13

Since nobody has answered your question as of my writing of this post yet, I would like to explain how it works.

When you want to stop recording, you do not press the record button again. What you do instead, you press the stop button, which means the second button to the right of the record button.

Hope it helps.


Cheers,

consuella

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#32

#13 good day
press the stop button

good bit of kit

thank you GAOTD and NowSmart

Reply   |   Comment by buckoooo  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#31

In case these haven't been mentioned, here are a couple of helpful pages:

http://support.nowsmart.com/arw-user-guide.html
http://support.nowsmart.com/arw-video-tutorial.html

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#30

This is FAR better than AudioCity!. It does formats that Audio City can only dream about. It is more than worth the $24 asking price and much more. 10 out of 10

Reply   |   Comment by CraigH  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#29

After installation, the program won't run/startup on my computer.

OS windows xp.

Reply   |   Comment by Tom  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#28

I don't usually comment,but I have used Audio Record Wizard for a couple years now and I think it is a nifty little program I am currently using version 6.9 and never had a problem.My music library has grown substantially thank to this program and the sound quality is very good grab it while its free.Also I would like to thank KARL and XP-MAN for there comments and input I look forward to reading them every day also Giovanni for his free alternatives and a BIG THANK YOU TO GIVEAWAY OF THE DAY AND NOWSMART FOR THE FREE OFFERING THANK YOU!!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Mike R.  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#27

@Larry: You must press the black STOP-Button to finish the record (2nd button right side from the red). By pressing red once more you´ll only starts a new recording...

Reply   |   Comment by thatsall  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#26

Audio Record Wizard is a light weight audio recording app that has minimal impact on Windows, uses the audio hardware you have installed [it does not come with a virtual audio driver], and includes a few convenience options but leaves out advanced & even some usual controls. The 1st thing you'll notice when you run the software is that it has a simple audio level indicator, though on this rig it wasn't too accurate.

Digital audio has a hard ceiling, and if you exceed that by having the recording [volume] level set too high, that portion of the audio will be cut off -- it's called clipping, and if you looked at the waveform in an audio app, it'll show a flat line rather than the usual peaks & valleys where the audio hits the limit [ceiling]. In a perfect world you'd just set the recording level way down, then crank up the volume in editing software afterwards, but in real life the problem with that strategy, is that when you increase the volume of your recording, you also increase the volume of any noise. There's always a little bit of noise when you record with a PC/laptop [it's from all the other electronics in the same case or housing], but increase the volume enough & that little bit of noise can become a roar.

Those level meters should let you set the recording levels before you start recording, so that they're as high as possible, leaving just a little wiggle room to avoid clipping. Compared to the same source using Sony's Sound Forge Pro 11 however, what showed up as just a few bars in Audio Record Wizard showed ~70% in the higher mid range Sony app. Instead you can use Audio Record Wizard's Auto Gain Control [AGC], which is supposed to set the recording levels automatically, using the level meters as a handy way to make sure you've selected the correct audio source. Click the "..." to see a drop down listing of everything you'd see in win7's Playback devices & Recording devices.

Otherwise it's just the average audio recording utility, not that different in function from the others that have appeared on GOTD, maybe a bit more streamlined to make things easier, e.g. you don't have to worry about whether to record 8 bit or 16 bit or 24 bit files, or set too high of a sample rate, because those choices aren't given. As above it doesn't include a virtual audio driver, which is good if your PC/laptop already lets you record what you hear with your speakers/headphones, maybe bad if you can't already do that. That's because adding a driver risks breaking something, so if you can avoid it, do so, but if you can't, you can't.

The sound card or the audio chipset included on your PC's/Laptop's mother board [on-board audio] or an audio device connected via USB or firewire convert analog audio to digital, & the reverse -- they might also accept digital audio in &/or output a digital signal. How cleanly it does that, how little distortion & noise it adds during those conversions, is generally what determines the quality of your audio hardware. In the old days [up to & including XP] audio hardware often used DSPs that were capable of a lot more functions, but with Vista ending Kernel Drivers that sort of thing pretty much went away for PCs/laptops. And once you give that audio hardware an audio signal, saving that signal as an audio file is pretty much trivial -- feeding it the signal you want can be the hard part.

Ideally you can route any audio from just about anywhere to the hardware your PC or laptop uses to record audio. Recording digital audio as-is, without software or hardware altering anything is possible, though rare. Recording multiple inputs or sources is also possible, though it can get complicated, and may require special software, e.g. to mix the various sources into a 2 channel input, or to manage multiple soundcards recording separate tracks at the same time [if each card can only digitize 2 channels, then you need 3 to record 6]. Recording what you hear on your stereo speakers is trivial because all the audio, regardless the number of sources, is reduced to 2 channels -- when you can't it's because someone decided you shouldn't be able to as a part of DRM.

And that last is what most people deal with nowadays, & why there are virtual audio drivers. If you're working with the audio hardware that came with your PC/laptop you've got little recourse -- if you're buying internal or external audio hardware, what you choose to buy is up to you, so if you want to be able to record what your speakers play, buy hardware that can. It's usually something that's included [or absent] in the hardware's software or drivers.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#25

Correction - In my comment about Audacity, "for this purpose" refers to recording from the computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#24

I used to be able to record any sound coming out of my speakers by setting the 'Sound' option to 'Stereo Mix'. However, this option disappeared and I've been unable to record as a result. I've downloaded this program today and it's solved my problem. Brilliant. I don't always use these free programs myself but I can't understand why anyone would ever criticize the offering when it is free after all.

Reply   |   Comment by Alanjamesa  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#23

​I was surprised by how much I liked this program. Worked flawlessly out of the box.

The level meter operates as soon as you start the program. It also shows a simple waveform as you record, which is very helpful. The record level is not connected to the computer volume control - you set the level from the source and/or the program and set your computer volume wherever, even silent.

The sound quality of the recording is indistinguishable from the original, in my tests.

It is a simple recorder, but does have several useful features. There is noise suppression (low, moderate, high settings). I tried out the tag editor. Avast av flagged it for some reason, but it works fine. You can trim the recording in-program - any other editing will need to be done in another program, like Audacity.

Speaking of which... Every time a recording program is offered on GOTD, someone mentions it as a better, free alternative. Audacity is an awesome audio editor, but in addition to its steep learning curve and large footprint, there's no guarantee that it will work *for this purpose* without extensive tweaking, or at all. (It doesn't on my computer.)

Good, simple program. Does what it claims and does it well.

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#22

@Larry (#13): Odd design but the stop (square) button stops both recording and playback

Reply   |   Comment by joe  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#21

Installed and activated on Win7-64 Laptop w/o any issue.
Self explanatory and simple interface.
Finds the sound card and its pass through on its own.
No knowledge needed, no fuss, no headache.
I always had problems in the past, fiddling around with sound card settings endlessly, never being able to capture sounds from any source unless with great trouble.
This will definitely be big help for anybody with similar issues.
Thanks GaOTD and NowSmart.
I got smarter now...

Reply   |   Comment by live4ever  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#20

I like the fact that as soon as I open the software, it takes me to a setup wizard. Audacity DOES NOT do that and Audacity is a bit more "techy" oriented, meaning that you need to know how many tracks to set up and then you also need to add them, which is mainly for musicians doing multi-track recordings. Most people don't need that because they are only recording in stereo from favorite sites and sources.

Designating your input sources on Audacity, and on other similar digital recorders, isn't quite as easy to do as what you see in the setup wizard in Audio Record Wizard.

By the way, I've used Audacity and really don't like it. If you want to do multi-track recording, I suggest trying Reaper, although there is a steep learning curve, but once you get the hang of things, converting your files to mp3 delivers a much more desirable sound quality than most other multi-track digital recorders. While Audacity is completely free and Reaper is not, Reaper does allow you to continue using the software for free even after the trial period has ended as long as you state that you are still evaluating it.

Someone here commented that they were only able to record for 2 minutes and then the recording stopped. I didn't have that problem and I also didn't have to run the program as an administrator to get a full-length song recorded.

One of the best features of Audio Record Wizard is that its developers have nicely defeated the normalization algorithm that almost every other free digital recorder uses, which basically destroys the dynamic levels of music by lowering the peaks and raising the quiet parts of the music, resulting in a very bad recording. However, if you are one of those people that wants every part of a song to be at the same volume level, then you shouldn't download this product, because it delivers true-to-life dynamic levels, which is something that I've been looking for and haven't found even on a recording system that I paid over $100 for. Apparently, it's an unwritten rule that the only way to have dynamics retained in your music is to pay a professional recording studio to record it for you or purchase ProTools, which is out of the financial reach of most of us.

Reply   |   Comment by Ken  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#19

Thanks very much for this giveaway, GOTD, I really appreciate it! I used ARW (version 3) for about a decade, and it's one of those super handy utilities that just *works*.

'Have converted a ton of old cassettes to mp3 using this simple, small-footprint utility over the years. I was really disappointed when I upgraded from XP to Win 7 recently and it wouldn't run with this OS, but I'm excited to see that this version works great!

'Very pleased that you offered this. I recommended it to several friends today. Thank you, thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Dave Harnish  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#18

I am sorry, It actually installed and working correctly. This looks like simple software, not going take much space or memory. So far happy with it.

Reply   |   Comment by Muntasir Mamun  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#17

I tried to setup on Win 7 machine and I logged in as administrator, even though after install I couldn't register. After setup up, clicking the Activate.exe, it was not activated. Never had any problem like this activating any GOTD software before.

Reply   |   Comment by Muntasir Mamun  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#16

When running as a Standard user, it shows up as a trial version. Registered version only shows up when running program as Administrator.

Reply   |   Comment by Richienay  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#15

Good Day

I downloaded the program and installed and registered it without any problems on Windows 7 Home Premium.

I started a test recording but pressing the "red" orb that activates the recording but when I pressed it a second time to "stop" the recording it just continued on.

The application displays both the word "recording" and the recording counter marches on.

Any suggestions?

Reply   |   Comment by Larry  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)
#14

This is a great program, if you take a little time to explore how it works. The help button takes you to their website. At first the "voice" recording was not working for me. I had to go into the recording settings of my PC and choose the internal mic as my default recording instrument. Comment 1 is incorrect. If you choose your recording source it should work with any external mic (click the menu when you choose the voice option). It's a very simple program and very useful for recording computer as well as external audio. I like the new interface...clean and easy to navigate, although the menu options could be easier to find. All in all a keeper. Thanks GOTD and ARW!

Reply   |   Comment by Tracy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

I just installed the program with no problems. I am using a Windows 7 Sp 1 computer and I ran it as an administrator. I ran the Activate.exe as an administrator, too.

Reply   |   Comment by Andy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#12

Info for 'NowSmart' dev's:

Installed and activated OK. First run produced the following errors:

07/21 13:30:02.277 Windows Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1
07/21 13:30:02.277 Audio Record Wizard Version: 7.12.40620
07/21 13:30:03.011 =======================================================
07/21 13:30:03.011 Failed in creating audio player.
07/21 13:30:03.011 Other media software may use the sound hardware exclusively.
07/21 13:30:03.011 =======================================================
07/21 13:30:03.011 =======================================================
07/21 13:30:03.011 Function: __thiscall player_bass::player_bass(void)
07/21 13:30:03.011 File: player_bass.cpp
07/21 13:30:03.011 Line: 52
07/21 13:30:03.011 =======================================================
07/21 13:30:03.011 =======================================================
07/21 13:30:03.011 Failed in creating audio player.
07/21 13:30:03.011 Other media software may use the sound hardware exclusively.
07/21 13:30:03.011 =======================================================

OS is Server 2008 R2. Clean/new OS. No other software running.

Reply   |   Comment by Tim Owers  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#11

I have used this for just under 2 years now as well as Gilisoft Audio Recorder free. This footprint is smaller and the scheduler works great for recording radio while away from your PC. Highly recommended.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank J  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#10

@Bim Ingersol. Remember for the next time, if a program states that Vista users (or Vista/7 users) need to use Admin rights, it will be the same for windows 8 / 8.1 users

Reply   |   Comment by whizzy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#9

Have been using Audio Recrod Wizard since many previous versions.

This time they have changed the user interface.

Remains easy to use and generally fuss free.

You can assign hot key if you wish to.

You can set the way files are automatically named.

You can choose the output folder.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)
#8

Okay ... strike that last comment. I got it working so I can change the bit rate. However, the 'readme.txt' file advises VISTA OS users to run the Setup program as an administrator. I am NOT using VISTA OS ... I'm using WINDOWS 8.1. I had to run the 'Setup.exe' program as an Administrator and also the 'Activate.exe' program as an Administrator in order for the program to be properly registered .... otherwise, I get the trial version.

Reply   |   Comment by Bim Ingersoll  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)
#7

Well, I'm not really impressed. After registering, the program still only allows a two-minute recording and the highest bitrate it will record to MP3 is 192kbps. This is a trial version and not the full working program. What's the point?

Reply   |   Comment by Bim Ingersoll  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-29)
#6

Run setup. THEN shut off the program and THEN run Activate. Otherwise it won't register correctly.
The EULA is all about shareware and one's responsibility to either buy or discard. As this was a GAOTD this doesn't apply. But, there is none of the usual 'we will only share your name and address with a select bunch of commercial spammers' garbage. Thumbs up!
Cool, the VU meter is active before record button is pushed. One may set volume to record better that way.
Simple interface. This can be used right out of the box unlike the excellent and free Audacity which has a large learning curve for it's many functions.
NOWSMART.com has themselves a useful small program here. The program would be great for voice recordings for several types from teachers to grannies. Turning ON File Length Limitation might be good to set up for the unwary.
I can see keeping this as a fast alternative for my own use.
More than a 10 dollar bill and I'd look for something else, but this small program is nice.

Reply   |   Comment by Dono  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+43)
#5

Up and away without any problems, a pleasant simple interface in a program that actually knew where my microphone was plugged in, unlike my RealTek soundcard which does its damnedest to turn my microphone off when it is most needed!
The claim that it can record telephone conversations looked interesting and I assumed it was for Skype but this only applies if you have Windows 7 or greater.
It also claims to be able to record telephone conversations by means of an external connector between your telephone and your computer, it actually gives a link where you may purchase one.
It managed to find all my relevant sound components and list them under options; a pleasing and useful program that exceeded my expectations when I first opened the interface.
A definite keeper.

Reply   |   Comment by XP-Man  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+100)
#4

"works directly with your sound card"
If it records what's being played on your sound card, then free Audacity will do this and more, like allowing you to process the output.

"It is easy to record sound from a microphone, a cassette tape player, or an LP player"
Likewise with Audacity, again.

Reply   |   Comment by tomcat  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#3

Installed and registered on a Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit system without problems.

A company without name&address.

A small (in length resizable) window opens. Clear structured and in my eyes good looking. In the start phase you have a short tutor, how to use this software. Understandable. The help leads to the online help on their site. The same clear and understandable structured help. Better than most of the software, I have seen in the last time.

A lot of useful options - from file length over voice activation system to gain control and other effects.

Again : Thumbs up for the well structured user interface.

In my short test the recording works flawless, as it should be in a version 7.1 and some years of development.

Does what it claims. If you need a simple to use recorder with a small footprint (12,7 meg of my memory) than take this. It is not the multipurpose Swiss knife of audio recording, but a single task skinner knife.

I'll keep it.

Thank you GAOTD and NowSmart!
Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+146)
#2

Thanks for today giveaway, i`m happy to found Audio Record Wizard now from this site, because I need this program during this period, for online transmision recording, thanks very much.

Reply   |   Comment by Ovidiu  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-81)
#1

As allways, does only work with "on board" audio, not usb external audio. No use for me.

Reply   |   Comment by NYB  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-40)
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