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Giveaway of the day — Audio Recorder

Audio Recorder is a small and easy-to-use program that allows you to record any sound on your computer
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Audio Recorder is a small and easy-to-use program that allows you to record any sound on your computer. Using Audio Recorder, you can record sound from microphone, line-in, streaming audio from the Internet or music played by Windows Media Player, WinAmp, Games, Skype, etc. The program has a simple and intuitive interface and you will need no special skills to be able to work with it. You can save recorded sound in the MP3, OGG, WMA or WAV format.

  • Fast and simple to use
  • Record any sound on your computer
  • Record sound directly to MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA
  • Play recorded sounds
  • Compatible with Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP/Vista
  • Flexibility for power users

System Requirements:

Windows 95/98/2000/Me/XP/Vista

Publisher:

MediaVigor Software

Homepage:

http://www.mediavigor.com/audio-recorder.htm

File Size:

2.04 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#183

I'm not sure that "Audio Recorder" has actually been activated after installing. I still got a purchase icon on my desktop, and although the program says, "Licensed to GiveawayoftheDay.com" it still attaches a "Created with unlicensed version of MediaVigor Audio Recorder" tag to recorded files.

Any idea how I can tell if this will be limited in some unknown way, or stop working after some period of time?

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#182

beekersguy - I did read the license agreement formp3mymp3, and did not see the text you quoted below anywhere, nor did I find any sign of RelevantKnowledge on my PC. I don't want spyware on my system either, but I wonder where you are getting your information?

@29 and others- did you read the license agreement for mp3mymp3?

“In order to provide this free download, RelevantKnowledge software, provided by TMRG, Inc., a comScore, Inc. company, is included in this download. This software allows millions of participants in an online market research community to voice their opinions by allowing their online browsing and purchasing behavior to be monitored, collected, aggregated, and once anonymized, used to generate market reports which our clients use to understand Internet trends and patterns and other market research purposes. The information which is monitored and collected includes internet usage information, basic demographic information, certain hardware, software, computer configuration and application usage information about the computer on which you install RelevantKnowledge….”

No thanks to spyware.


Absolutely "No thanks to spyware," but I'm not finding any as a result of having mp3mymp3 on my PC.

Reply   |   Comment by John  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#181

#90 many OEM's nowadays write their sound chip drivers to remove all traces of the sound-mixer record input so it is not even a disabled input but a removed one. Apparently one OEM has relented and released a revised driver with the sound-mixer re-instated, but the majority have not. Which makes this offering of little use to us with these castrated sound-chip drivers. Total Recorder (another shareware app) does work with these crippled sound-chips as it installs its own WDM pseudo sound card T filter driver that pipes out the sound to the speaker and provides a software accessible record input, (via their software only)

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#180

I also took a look at Donar MP3 Recorder which some people have mentioned (use #112, dewmanna's link, the website links are incorrect). Obviously, don't install the toolbar. On Vista, it must be run as an administrator, and it opens to the system tray. It sees more devices than Audio ToolBox Audio Recorder for Free and has more features and output formats (although the volume control is backwards and the Input Pin is always blank), but Audio Recorder for Free has more MP3 encoding options.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#179

@ 29 I needed something like this thanks for the info. MP3myMP3 Recorder will be really useful to me.

Reply   |   Comment by Agent 001  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#178

I've tried to load this programme. The interface is not user friendly. It's a trial & error process. No clear instructions to follow. I can't get it to work. I certainly wouldn't buy it. I am going buy a Roxio product. I had roxio on my last computer (WIN 98) but it won't load on this one (XP)

Reply   |   Comment by Dave  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#177

Few of you have bothered to configure the program and that is needed on most computers.

This program will record anything you can play on the computer no matter where it comes from. You only need a mike for external sound and never for internal. READ READ READ

Reply   |   Comment by Kelly  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#176

Not quite up to expectations =(

1. No way to save a file once recorded.
2. Wouldn't remove files upon deletion, always came back.
3. Absolutley no help anywhere to be found.
4. Removing from system now.

Reply   |   Comment by Brenda  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#175

Installd it on Vista Business on my Lenovo X61 Thinkpad... which doesn't have a Stereo Mix option.. I thought I would probably run into problems of recording silences like some of the posters here but wanted to give it a try anyway.. Played a song from WMP and and recorded it with Audio Recorder without problems.. It was so easy.. Just one button to press .. Record! Next, tried it with music streaming from a radio station.. Press Record.. Stop.. Checked the resultant output which was in MP3 format.... Hey Works Again! Suggest everyone get this.. Being so easy to use, you'll start wanting to record EVERYTHING whether you have use for it or not!

Reply   |   Comment by Kim  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#174

Simple to install. Does what it says it does. Way overpriced at $30. Those who weren't able to record audibly may be suffering from the Dell syndrome. Their pact with the RIAA left their newer models unable to record from the outputs. Only microphone and line-in will work. It's not the program's fault, it's the hardware.

BTW, did anyone know that Audiograbber has a manual record function?

Reply   |   Comment by TJ Teru  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#173

I tried to record from the radio via Media Center, it does give me the option to record using "stereo mix" and I see it recording sound but afterwards it plays the file but you don't hear anything at all. Thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by Jess  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#172

What would be great is a audio recorder that lets one record multiple
streams at the same time. Example, record three audio streams, and listen to a fourth at the same time.

Reply   |   Comment by chiipster  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#171

i like this because you can play and view what you just recorded in the program and you do not have to save the file then play it just record and listen and if you do not like it then it can be deleted also you choose where the file is saved before you record in all i think this is a better program then the one that comes that windows vista

Reply   |   Comment by Brandon M  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#170

I have lots of options for recording, but don't know what some of them are. There is nothing about what is coming from the speakers as one poster said. I have an older Dell machine, 2001, work station. Anyone out there with some input?

Reply   |   Comment by MrRoadRage.com  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#169

WOW!!! Installed and registered with no problem on XP Home SP3. Launched from the final installation screen and recorded 2 items from the internet. Works perfectly. The UI is uncluttered and extremely easy to use, so easy, there isn't much additional to say.

Thanks GAOTD and MediaVigor Software.

Reply   |   Comment by Gene  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#168

To those who don't have the Stereo Mix option with their Vista OS computers. Right click on the speaker in your task bar, click on Recording Devices. In the Recording Devices window right click in a blank area of the window and check "Show Disabled Devices". That should make the Stereo Mix option appear. (If it doesn't appear then your sound card doesn't offer that option.) Highlight Stereo Mix, click on Properties and enable the device.

Reply   |   Comment by anybody  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#167

This does not have any sound effects. Then I will forget this. I wanna sound recording software with effects. Even windows sound recorder has that function. The echoing and stuffs.

Reply   |   Comment by saape  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#166

Correct me if I'm incorrect - but this utility, poorly written as it is - will record stuff Audacity CAN'T capture... Skype conversation... Internet Radio Stream... etc. So it's definitely worth "Free".

Reply   |   Comment by Roj Blocoyevik  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#165

Poor sound. Just awful. No Audio Recorder user manual, not even under Help.
Not Fast and simple to use. Only simple for microphone, line-in, CD player, and tv tuner. Not streaming audio from the Internet or music played by Windows Media Player, WinAmp, Games. Can not record all sound on your computer.

Reply   |   Comment by jill  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#164

#36 - I agree. Freecorder and all other Applian programs are great! Getting all their products in a bundle price was one of the best software purchases I made last year.

#63 - Using Freecorder, you simply click on Play and it will open the folder where you have saved the recorded files. If you already have a decent file player (besides this "Audio Recorder"), just double click on the file you want to play. It is easy.

Reply   |   Comment by anonymuse  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#163

Quote: not something which one will seek……windows already give a sound recorder..so why is it required???

Hey, dingus....while this program may not deserve an A+, it does have more features and customization than the Windows recorder.

Reply   |   Comment by dingus_alert  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#162

I tried this out in Win XP SP3, and it works great. I already have Audacity for recording my vinyl records, but this works great in conjunction with my Line6 Guitar Port. Free as opposed to 99.99 for Riffworks? No question which one I go for...

Reply   |   Comment by The Relic  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#161

Error installing here, too (WinXP Pro SP3):

---------------------------
Error
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Can't initialize device
error code: 23

Reply   |   Comment by Greg  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#160

#143, the name isn't Deborah, it's OHPfan -- short for Open House Party fan ... obviously not my real name. I didn't know there was the 2 GB limit for .wav files, which explains why Microsoft Recorder shuts off by itself. Thanks for the info, and no hard feelings on the name error.

I did forget to mention I am using XP: Media Center Edition. I record to today's software straight from the sound card, via the radio station's website feed. That brings up another thing I disliked about Microsoft's Recorder -- it only records from the microphone, not the sound card.

Reply   |   Comment by ohpfan  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#159

I've installed plenty of freebies from here with no problems, didn't do anything different, and this one will not activate. Gives me a icon to click on to purchase it on my desktop. Only option in it when started is to record from the microphone, nothing else, which I'm sure is caused by it not activating. Audacity rocks, and if you need other formats, use Format Factory, I haven't found anything it won't convert to anything else yet, even things that aren't listed in it's options like OGG formats ect. Still gotta love GOTD, I've gotten some great programs here. Thanks GOTD!!

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#158

Previously, posted here on Giveawayoftheday was MP3 Recorder Studio. It's about the same size, but I believe it has more features

Reply   |   Comment by Davin Peterson  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#157

Installed easily and simple to use! Thanks!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Maureen  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#156

I am also getting the Error code zero...I am on Vista Home Premium...

anyone know the reason...it seems hit or miss according to the comments..

Reply   |   Comment by lauri  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#155

Hi just fixed my machines lack of recorded sound by doing the following that I found on a google search.

Select your sound properties through the control panel or the sound icon in your system tray.

Click on the properties tab.

Check the recording box.
Make sure Wave Out Mix is selected (It's sometimes called STEREO MIX, or mono mix).

Now you should be able to set Wave Out as your default for recordings made by Audacity or other audio recording programs.

I had to restart the machine to get to set the Stereo Mix as the Default recording device but then it all worked fine.

Reply   |   Comment by Mo  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#154

Hey.

I really want this to work but I have it on Vista and can't get it to record any sound either. The recording device only has the option Master Volume and nothing else.

When I installed it on my XP Laptop it worked after I made sure all recording devices were not on mute and all recording devices come up.

Another Vista problem then. There must be a way to fix this surely. I have tried the suggestions so far but no luck yet.

Reply   |   Comment by Mo  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#153

For those wanting "all the sounds my computer makes" recording, just set your input device to "stereo out" (On vista you must right click and choose "show disabled devices" then choose to enable the stereo out.

This application = useless. all windows since what, 95? have had a built in sound recorder as good as this. Audacity is FAR better, and Goldwave is also really good for single track recording. The only thing the built in recorder misses is the ability to save into multiple formats.

Thumbs down :(

Reply   |   Comment by WACOMalt  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#152

thanks guys ! i needed this

Reply   |   Comment by marino  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#151

As with #131, Audio Recorder will not work on my Vista Home Premium PC using USB speakers. The only option shown for Recording Device is "Master Volume." This will not record any form of audio being played over my USB speakers, videos, streaming, Winamp, etc.

If you use USB speakers, and don't use a sound card, forget this application.

Reply   |   Comment by veritas2009  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#150

The thing that most of you guys don't get is that with this program you can record sounds on the computer WITHOUT a microphone. It'll record any sounds playing on the computer, so if you stream music online, it'll record it, or anything like that.

Reply   |   Comment by Denor  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#149

Mike @138,

Actually, the versions for COMCTL32.OCX and msvbvm60.dll in the Audio Recorder directory were newer than the ones I had in the C:\windows\system32 directory. There must be additional export tables in the latest version of msvbvm60.dll which Audio Recorder needs.

Before I uninstalled, I copied both files to the c:\windows\system32 directory.

There is no need to download the runtimes, as COMCTL32.OCX is a self-registering file. Other programs will not look in the Audio Recorder directory as they first see if it's in the installation folder, then immediately look in the Windows\system32 folder and that will change the registry entries to the correct path.

My current version of comctl32.ocx is 6.0.81.6 and msvbvm60.dll is 6.00.9782

No changes were reflected with the msvbvm60.dll in the registry at all.

By the way, this program did not record through my Creative X-Fi Extreme 7.1 channel soundcard through SPDIF. It seems to wok with microphones, but who wants to listen to a mono recording?

Reply   |   Comment by reghacker  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#148

If you are interessed in music there is these 2 freeware:
1. clickster - search/listen/download

2. radiotracker standart -record category music to mp3 http://www.computerbild.de/download/Radiotracker-Standard-Kostenlose-Spezial-Version-3314821.htm
Both are legal

I mean in USA there is more opportunities to get free music

For those who have problem with recording, I will think that the computermagazines will write about if there was a restriction on the soundcards.

I think I will try this one
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#147

#126 - With most such programs you'll need to PLAY the recordings through Skype at the same time you record them on AudioPlayer (as I said earlier, I much prefer TotalAudio Recorder ... and have to do the same thing when I'm recording something stored in an incompatible format. Often, I can record an MP3 song file that is not offered for download. It just records whatever comes through the sound card.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Moore  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#146

I've tried this before and the sound is VERY noisy and tinny. I use Total Recorder - it's only about $25 and the quality is excellent. It gives you a lot of control over the recording parameters and can save as WAV or MP3. I've used it for years and I am a professional musician and create videos and CDs for other musicians. Beats Audio Recorder hands down.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Moore  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#145

mp3mymp3 is a scam..... Installed and declined the offer and user agreement of "COMSCORE".
But note when I tested it, it still installed the Comscore rkverify hook that locked up my "system" (Virtual emulation env)

be warned even though I had "declined" the comscore licence, it was still installed and executed.

mp3mymp3 is NOT recommended...

Reply   |   Comment by anton  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#144

There is no manual with it the manual is empty installed fine but do not understand how to use it.... Sent them a letter no response so far.

Maybe i'm stupid but there is something that says manual with it that is empty.

how can we get the user manual that is supposed to be with it?

Reply   |   Comment by june  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#143

This application works well and has great functionality and ease of use for a simple sound recording program which will be well utilized even though I have purchased some far more professional tools. 7/10.

The bad.
It uses LAME 3.97 for the mp3 support which is a superb mp3 encoder but I wish it had more options for the LAME compression.
It also runs on msvbvm60.dll but that is contained cleanly in the package.

7/10 Good software if a little basic at times.

If you want to rip streaming audio streams, I swear by "Totalrecorder" ($18) as Totalrecorder installs a system level driver between the "playback" application and the sound card in-situ and then simply dumps the raw data from that digitally into a wav file resulting in no sound quality loss.

Reply   |   Comment by anton  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#142

#98: tuche... MP3 is a lossy format, meaning data is tossed out in order to get a smaller file size. If you record in Audacity or whatever to the lossless wav format, you have all the data your hardware is capable of recording. The process of encoding to MP3, *whenever* it happens, is where you get your data loss. If you intend to edit, a lossless format is obviously preferred... if you don't it's a matter of opinion. If you're converting sample rates at the same time however, say going from 48 to 44.2 or 22 or even lower, performing the MP3 encoding in higher quality software can make a pretty big difference.
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#101: Deborah... You can record audio using whatever software until you either run out of disk space, or until you reach the audio format limits -- the Microsoft (uncompressed) wav format used often in Windows won't normally allow you to go beyond 2 gig in size, which is roughly a bit over 2 hours for stereo at 16/48 kHz, so if you were recording to a stereo wav file at 16/48, sometime after the 2 hour mark Windows would stop writing to the file.
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#110: Alex... Creative Sound cards have available software which among other things do allow you to record audio... It's not a built-in function of the card however, & unless you're using some feature only available in that Creative software, there are far better alternatives.
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#116: Pr3mium... In order to play whatever streaming audio, it's first downloaded to your system, just like this GOTD page is -- the difference is that by recording it you have (an inferior) copy.
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#117: reghacker... AFAIK you need to tell Windows via the registry where those files are, or even though they're in the path, they'll still be looked for in the last place they were registered. You could try to re-register the files in your system32 folder, but personally I think it's simpler just to re-install the VB6 runtime from Mocrosoft.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#141

#65 Chill out! This whole "stealing" music shit only came about since computers got popular. No one said anything when I was younger and recorded music from the radio! If musicians would "fill" their Albums with good songs and not just 1 or 2 and the rest be "fillers" then maybe people would not steal their 1 good song!
Anyway, Another vote for Freecorder Here.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#140

So, I downloaded it and tested it...the sound quality doesn't even come close to Windows Sound Recorder. Again, I only hear a bunch of static and the thing I'm recording as just background noise...Sorry GAOTD, but I'm going to pass this one.

Reply   |   Comment by Shifulk  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#139

I tried to use it with Skype, but it does not recognize my USB headset. It will only recognize the laptop's built in microphone.

There is a total absence of help in either their program's HELP option or on their website.

I uninstalled it.

Reply   |   Comment by Brian Irwin  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#138

I have windows vista sp1 32bit and this records no sound..just static. Even my recorder in windows itsself will not record sounds. Any suggestions?
Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by sillyolpoohbear  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#137

As commented earlier, Audio Recorder is a VB6 (Visual Basic) program, & IMHO it's a good idea to re-install the VB6 runtime from Microsoft's site after installing it, to both make sure you have the latest file versions & that the registry points to the right copies in your Windows System32 folder. You might also want to update the included version of the Lame encoder (I think the latest is v. 3.98.2 dated 9/24/08). Otherwise the choice of using it or not is up to you, & depends on how well you like the interface... Audio Recorder doesn't do anything remarkable, but for those wanting simplicity maybe that's a good thing.

FWIW... The quality of audio recording depends on your hardware & the source -- you can use today's GOTD Audio Recorder, or Windows built-in Recorder, or Audacity, Vegas, Sound Forge, or Pro Tools, & the quality will be the same. The number of possible inputs depends on your hardware, drivers, & the version of Windows -- the "What U Hear" input mentioned in another comment or two is *only* for Creative brand soundcards. Moving up the food chain to better recording software mainly just gives you more options, like recording multi-track, recording one track while playing another, and so on. The 2 main things to watch for are noise from your PC (including your audio hardware), & using the wrong sample rate for your recording [i.e. recording at 44.1 with a soundcard/chip that's natively 48 kHz, forcing an internal conversion].

When you record something like an incoming stream, you lose quality when your system plays it, & during recording, so capturing or saving the stream is *always* preferable. It's not always easy... you might have to find, research, & try several programs &/or methods before being successful depending on the stream & where it's coming from (how it's hosted). Orbit was mentioned & it's good, but not always successful. Another alternative is SDP Downloader.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#136

Tried it on WindowsME. The program actually records something (I tried it with a youtube video) but obviously it's not fast enough or whatever, but it doesn't save or show the output file (nor can it be played back). Big disappointment, big thumbs down.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#135

Will not install correctly on vista and cannot find "manual" on website. E-mail bounced back

Reply   |   Comment by asobi  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#134

It will not install on my Vista Home Premium or my XPSP2 computer I get an error message 0 cannot initialize device, that sucks.

Reply   |   Comment by Donna  –  7 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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