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Audio Record Wizard 6 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Audio Record Wizard 6

Record streaming audio from any web site and save recordings as high quality MP3 files! Get your FREE copy of Audio Record Wizard on GOTD.
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Audio Record Wizard 6 was available as a giveaway on January 25, 2013!

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This audio recording software can record any sound on the computer as MP3/ WAV/ OGG/ FLAC files. Also 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!

System Requirements:

Win 8, 7, Vista, XP





File Size:

7.71 MB



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RE: #54. After rebooting, and entering Windows (VISTA) in regular mode, I found the giveaway program working just fine. Apparently, it does not work in Safe Mode. (Right now, I cannot get anything to install outside of Safe Mode - in case you were wondering.) There seem to be no other problems: it registered fine and is recording as promised. I appreciate the simplicity of the program. Thank you GAOTD and Nowsmart.

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

For the first time I can remember, there is nothing to find any fault with in today's giveaway. In fact, I quite agree with Ashraf that this really is worth paying for and the price is a fair one.

Perhaps one can say that a bit more help would be a good idea, but frankly I would just recommend that contextual help be given at the bottom of the configuration screen. Even that could be made optional.

My tests produced flawless results. The only improvement would be with regard to the start of recording: once you hit record recording starts right away so you will probably experience a period of leading silence. It is possible to program software to start when a signal is detected but perhaps that is beyond the scope of this software.

The GUI interface is clean and attractive... a joy to work with. There's even a tag editor built in !

My biggest recommendation though, is that you grab Audio Record Wizard before it's too late. But if you are too late, head on over to Nowsmart's web site and look at the demo. Like me, you will end up buying it. (I certainly plan on doing so)

Reply   |   Comment by Paul  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

The inner face 0f software looks reasonable! Apprecate other comments on controling unwanted sound! Comparing this software to others mentioned - seems to be easier interface compared to audacity! As to quality of output- not sure at present! Audicity seems to have have higher learning curve at least to me! Nice to have more then one choice in recording sounds, which this software and all others mentioned, gives us! thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Dido  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

@Giovanni. Applian's Freecorder you're recommending has a bad reputation for bundling its products with malware. Some users report being infected with rootkits.

Reply   |   Comment by Wallax  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Activation failed.
# 3: WinZip and Power Archiver unzip the setup file to temporary folder. You can delete the temporary files only after finishing the setup-process. So you cannot run activate.exe before finishing setup.exe.
# 29: No help.
# 34 / 37: Same problem.
No help from the publisher and no help from Gaod. Where is your "plan B"?

Reply   |   Comment by Lothar  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Ran Setup
Ran Activate before opening program.
(Tried again after opening program.)
Made sure all files were in the same directory.
I have to do installs in Safe Mode - Don't know if that is causing my problem:
Problem: When I click program to run it, I get this error message:
"Failed in initializing audio player
Other media software may use the sound card exclusively."

I have to leave and probably won't be home in time to fix this before the give away period is over - very frustrating.

Reply   |   Comment by Sue  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thanks to everyone for the reviews and freeware links. Convinced me to download and give it a try. Intuitive and easy to use video. It also seems to me that it beats out all the freeware alternatives offered.

LOL!! lists an analog recorder, 2008 beta version wav recorder, link to a P2P bittorrent utility site (didn't test that one), an awesome professional studio digital audio recorder/editor/mixer that is way beyond my needs in complexity and functionality, a little 26K sound recorder demo utility, a "revolutionary" youtube browser plugin and the venerable Audacity that #17 has done a great comparative post on.

So thanks again for the reviews and links, and to GOTD for another great giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by idunno  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

@ #12-

It also apparently imposes a 2,000,000,000 byte limit on the recorded file length which is not a necesary limit on modern file formats

not quite correct if you wish to save your recordings to DVD-R; there is a hard limit of 2 GB as a maximum file size. [CDFS, right?] so not having to edit [or use some other method of chopping the result up] your recordings into sub-2-gig chunks saves a lot of hassle.

especially if you wish to play your recordings direct from DVD.

Reply   |   Comment by goodgotd  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Giovanni, I am a bit surprised you would recommend Freecorder. First off, your posting is always the first one I look for, I truly love your alternatives to the GotD. And Freecorder sounded like something I would be interested in. First red flag was my antivirus wouldn't let me install it. I then sent the Freecorder.exe file up to a web based antivirus service, VirusTotal. It seemed ok from what they told me, so I disabled my Antivirus. Then I started to get other warnings from other security software I have installed, WinPatrol, and ThreatFire both began to tell me things were going on I wouldn't like. Then I stopped the process and did a websearch for Freecorder and WOW. What I read scared me. People that have installed this software have had to reinstall windows after it's adware bombardment. Not something I was interested in having.

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

I can only record for 3 minutes. It asks for a License Name and License code. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, Ed.

Reply   |   Comment by Ed  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi Everyone,
Well, Audio Record Wizard 6 Looked like a nice and very handy tool to quickly grab audio sounds off my PC. I downloaded, UN-ZIP, Read the readme.txt and installed and registered it with no problems or issues on Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I tested it on just some windows sound audio files I just played through the setup utility, Where you set the sounds windows makes for different actions, I.E. the sound Windows makes when it opens or an error etc. You can quickly select an Audio Device from the drop down menu like: Digital output, Microphone, Speakers, Stereo Mix, and Line IN. And Audio Sources installed in my computer such as My Audio Card, The Audio output from my NVIDIA Video Card, My TV/Radio Card, and my MS LifeCam! what a fast way to record a Telephone call or the Audio from a Video Telephone call. You answer the phone and find out who or what it is and one click and less then a second its all being recorded. Very handy when you need something like that for any reason.
Audio Record Wizard 6 worked perfectly with no problems. I was able to record any sounds I played through the computer fast and easy, This would come in handy if you where listening to radio or watching TV and something came on that had ether music or a sound track from a show or just audio sound effects, Anything that you might want to use or play latter ether added to a master file like to add some fun sounds to a home movie or if your into WEB Casts and produce or host an Internet Radio show, I did this for a good friend and Radio Host for around 2 years and it was a blast and we had a lot of fun. I wish I had this little Gem then to grab sound files or music to add to the recorded show before broadcast. So, Audio Record Wizard 6 has many, many possibilities and because of its size it only takes a second to load to grab something, like a song you hear say on the radio, for later use and you don't have to open the master Audio program and set everything all up and get ready to record etc.
I can see that Audio Record Wizard 6 would be a very useful addition to anyone's took box for work or just fun at home.
For me, Audio Record Wizard 6 and Developer NowSmart, and Of course GAOTD for making this FREE for all of use to use, test and play with for as long as we wish for FREE today. The $24.99, They ask for the application offered for FREE on GAOTD today is a fare price for the current application with updates and support.
I say Two Thumbs up for Audio Record Wizard 6 today and Thank you NowSmart, and GAOTD for making another great product Available for FREE Today. Thank You, Rick D..

Reply   |   Comment by Rick D.  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

WARNING about FEY-RECORDER: if anyone decides to try this program which Giovanni mentioned above be very careful about the installation process. The installer says 1) Full installation (recommended) and 2) Custom installation. It is not until you click on Custom installation that you see a bunch of crapware that would have been installed with the Full installation (recommended) option. This is outright deceit and I hope the Fey Recorder company goes bankrupt. I deleted the program without installing it.

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

#33, Corky

Audials RadioTracker:


I've bought their v6 and v8 versions and have been very pleased. They are at v10 now, I can't vouch for that exact version.

I select a genre (on v8, for just one station like you want, you would select "From My Favorites" after you have set up just that single favorite station as "My Favorites), a minimum quality, like 192kbps MP3, and "Start Recording", then go away for a few hours. When I come back I have a couple of GBs of songs, nicely separated and tagged and with album art. Sometimes you get bad recordings, like some DJ first announcing the song, or missing album art. But mostly you get good recordings.

Radiotracker was offered once here on GAOTD, but didn't get many thumbs up (maybe 45%?) because people were concentrated on that crippled GAOTD version of Radiotracker that didn't have the Wishlist feature, missing its most attractive feature, to "glom up songs for me from the internet".

Reply   |   Comment by Joe T.  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thank you thank you thank you! This is the first time I've been able to record from my speakers. I don't do much with audio so don't have a lot of software. Each time I did try something that promised to record "what I could hear," my laptops didn't cooperate. None of them have had the "stereo mix" input required. I knew there had to be something out there that didn't require me to buy a cord to run from my headphone to microphone jacks as some recommended.

I just tried this and it worked. Finally! I like that when I first launched it, I was stepped through a few simple instructions so I didn't have to dig through documentation. I just wanted to record and it helped me do it. Afterward, I looked through the options and found some of the things I'd already thought would be good: minimize to tray, always on top, auto naming, hotkeys, scheduling. There are even optional voice activation system controls for spoken recordings.

One thing I would like is if the install let me choose where to put the start menu folder and whether I want a desktop icon. It's easy to move a desktop icon, but it's a pain to move the start menu folder, plus the uninstall then loses it.

Also, I would prefer a basic help file on the computer with extended help online, especially if I've paid for the software. The advantage to having online help is that it can easily be added/changed without a software update. However, the basics of the software are usually static, and they can be included in a local help file, with a link to further information on the web site.

Thank you NowSmart and GOTD!

Reply   |   Comment by Terri  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Neat but small app, but size is OK - cause you can keep it on top while
starting your music file. Can change file size/time in options. Some
other options don't look like they can be changed in this version.
ONLY registered until March 1,2013 !

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

This software should come with an audio tag editor to tag songs id’s played from sites like internet radio or etc.
Comment by mario l. wilson — January 25th, 2013 at 8:08 am
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It does have a tag editor just right click the file in the program list

Reply   |   Comment by SmokinHippie  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

it's clear there has been no new CHM help file created for version 6.x series of this program but the link for it in the start menu folder is still there, so had a look at previous versions and version 5.5 inside the installer is a packed MSI installer package and inside that is the help.chm named HELPCHM that can be extracted out of the arw5.exe using 7-zip... The 5.5 GUI is slightly different but it is mostly all there just button styles changed etc it is not a comprehensive help file but it's better than nothing.

version 5.5 installer is freely avaialable at:


I right click on the arw5.exe and select "Open archive" from the 7-zip context menu entry and then select the MSI file inside and right click and select "Open Inside" and then drag the HELPCHM file to a folder you have write permissions to and rename it to help.chm and if you want to complete the install as much as possible, then create a folder called help into the folder where you installed Audio Record Wizard 6 and move the help.chm file there and then the start menu's Audio Record Wizard help shortcut should finally work and give you a bit of local help.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Will I be able to record Rdio with this app?

Reply   |   Comment by Lindsay  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

Just tested this out, works perfect. Recorded sound quality is very good, no distortion on any of the 5 recordings I made. Has ability to stop and start recordings when songs ore over and new one starts. If it didn't have that ability I wouldn't even bother keeping program.

Easy installation, I have never written a review from the the software I have gotten from this site, but this one prompted me to because the the ease and functionality of this program.

Reply   |   Comment by SmokinHippie  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Need Help - cuts off after 3 minutes and says this is a trial version. I followed the Read.me file and did what it said. Any ideas??

Reply   |   Comment by HomeBase  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Sorry, I was wrong about this program not recording sounds from the website. I didn't try it out, just shooting my mouth off. I overlooked this...

"Help you to record online audio programs even while you’re not at your PC!""

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

@#11, CJ, you might want to keep playing with the software. I was able to record off a website just fine. I downloaded this because I frequently attend webinars I'd like to come back to when life is less distracting and it worked perfectly on several sample clips just now. It seems the default input on my copy is the speakers on my computer -- a changeable option if you have a microphone or other input, but at first I didn't see this. It's the top line of text (gray) right above the blue frame.

I'm actually quite impressed by the ease of use and nice playback quality. For my purposes, it's a keeper (and yes, I have Audacity, but this is really simple and to the point, which is a nice feature if you are trying to set up a recording quickly).

Reply   |   Comment by rmg  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Installed and activated, however now I get a maximum 3 minutes unless I buy it....What gives?

Reply   |   Comment by John Mikal  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

#26 (Lou) - You have no "Line In" option? What is your setup?

Reply   |   Comment by Kirk  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-5)

Very nice giveaway today.

Similar to FairStars Recorder (not free)

Faster setup IMO, than dealing with Wavelab (not free) when you are in a hurry.

The GUI is nice and tight, which is just freaking awesome for productivity.

If I am copying Coast To Coast AM with George Noory for four hours I don't really CARE about the quality. If it was a live band, I wouldn't be using this software anyway as she clearly doesn't do multiple tracks.

The ultimate test though, is HOW LONG can she records for. Before you laugh, this is a serious problem actually. In linux, years back, I ran into this, every SOFTWARE that I could apt-get failed to do long time recording. I finally ended up using a tcl/tk or python script (I forget which now) to record for a long time, This May have Changed since then, but it was a real problem and wake up for me at the time.

In windows, wavelab works for long time.

when I say long time I mean like 12 hours or more.
Many programs just can't handle it.

Thumbs up, even not knowing HOW long this one records for, but the small gui and that red button ready to go make this one quite well thought out. I love it for that alone.

~ stay frosty!

Reply   |   Comment by Fredward  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I have tried to activate this program 3 times and it does not seem to take. I did read the readme file and I did install the setup.exe file. I then unzipped the activate.exe file and nothing happened after it seemed to install. The program shows that I still have the evaluate version and that I am limited to 3 minutes of recording. What am I doing wrong? Also, what is the activate.gcd file all about. My computer can never seem to open that file and windows doesn't seem to know what to do with it.

Reply   |   Comment by Joe  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

what program will break up a 5 hour recording of music into one MP3 for each song ?

I would like to record a local station overnight and if I can get MP3s I think I can remove the commercials....


Reply   |   Comment by Corky  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

#22, Neil from Ohio: First paragraph of my first post was about Audacity due to the unrealistic comparisons claiming audacity can do what this does, which it cannot from second paradraph that starts with the words "This allows" is talking about THIS program offered here today as is the rest below it. Sorry it caused you confusion I thought the it would be clear by paragraph seperation and wording.
Guess I was wrong, again my apologies.

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

Also free and excellent in my experience is WAVEPAD:


There is a "free version for home use" at any rate.

Some years ago I needed to do some extensive sound recordings from mic, streaming audio from the net and also sometimes from line in. I tried audacity and several others whose names I cannot recall and ended with Wavepad because I was easily able to figure it out and make it work AND it has a very nice "noise reduction" feature which allows you to filter out most background noises such as computer fans, or other fans or air conditioners which are present in some environments where you want to record from mic.

Since I tend to use big desktop computers with big noisy fans, I either had to suppress that noise or physically isolate the mic from the computer. Noise suppression with Wavepad proved easier.

Wavepad also allows editing and the editing tools are powerful and intuitive, so you can extract short clips, remove segments you don't want, insert sound from other sources, etc. It also works with Sony Vegas 10 Video editor as an external sound editor to edit sound tracks from video clips. I have used it for this purpose to remove background noise from an audio track recorded by a video camera, for instance.

Noise suppression is such a hugely important feature for me that I wouldn't consider audio recording software which didn't have noise suppression, especially since it's available in Wavepad for free. You certainly can still get legible microphone recordings, even in noisy environments, without noise suppression and if you just want a record of a conversation, and can tolerate the noise, that is adequate. But if you want to publish clean audio then your choices are two: either remove any noise that creeps in from whatever source with noise suppression or be very scrupulous about how you record to keep unwanted noise out. In the old days when we recorded on tape and noise suppression software didn't exist, good quality sound recordings required "sound studios" which were acoustically isolated to keep all unwanted sound out. Today it's pretty easy to remove a wide variety of extraneous noises with software so we can get better quality recordings outside of studios.

This is not usually an issue when recording from a good quality source, such as internet radio or a CD for instance, but in many "real world environments" where you want to record with a mic, there's noise you can't easily control. Also with digitizing old audio tapes, those tapes tend to have hiss which Wavepad can reduce to inaudible levels easily. Emphasis on EASILY. I think we all know that professional sound engineers with professional equipment can do amazing things but I want to do that with my netbook after recording an interview with it in a restaurant, for instance. It's a snap with Wavepad. It can't handle all extraneous noise in all situations but it can handle things like machinery hum and whir in the background and reduce quite a few other things so even if not entirely gone, they are much less of a problem.

Suppressing System Sounds:

In Windows you CAN suppress system sounds and dings and whatnot and if high quality recording is desired that is very basic Ashraf! I'm not sure it is possible for recording software to exclude those but since the Control Panel lets you suppress them, the recording software doesn't need to! IF recording on mic, of course, you can just switch off the speakers to suppress those sounds, just as you have to turn off the TV and the ringer on the phone and stop the chiming clock, etc... the recording software can't do such things.

Controlling Input:

To restrict recording to a single input stream, such as mic, CD, Wave, line in or stereo mix, or combine specific inputs, such as mic and CD for karaoke for instance, in my experience one often has to use the Windows sound controls or the sound card software "Mixer" and set the devices you want silenced to "mute." Every computer I have used is a bit different because they all have different sound cards or operating systems and I have spent a lot of time, now and then, trying to find and understand these controls in order to catch the sounds I want and exclude others.

I'm not going to write a tutorial on sound mixing here but if you want to make good recordings using multiple input streams you should probably look for such instructional materials.

Like many users, my early use of computer sounds was limited to listening to CDs and audio tracks from websites and everything just "worked" out of the box for basic purposes so I never investigated the intricacies of controlling the various sound hardware and software on the computer. RECORDING is a different matter. I'd say that just about every problem I've encountered with sound recording was my own lack of understanding of the apparatus and when I did sort it out, often just by trial and error, I've found computers to be extremely capable and flexible audio recording machines. Some mobile phones and digital cameras also do a good job of recording audio if used properly and have the advantage of not appearing to be "sound recording devices" if you want to record without anyone noticing that you are recording. Their sound recordings can be edited (and noise suppressed) with Wavepad.

I've had a few problems which seemed to relate to two or more applications attempting to use the same device at the same time. Things like Skype, MP3 Skype recorder, or any other software which uses your speakers or mic can't always all use the same device at the same time. On one computer I had a frustrating situation where the sound would record one day but not another. I removed and re-installed the sound drivers for the built in sound card on an ASUS motherboard, and that cured that problem.

Initially it was quite frustrating because while I understood the general technical principles of computer sound, I did not understand the specific controls very well and of course with each OS upgrade, the Wizards at Microsoft change the names and locations of all the controls and each sound card manufacturer offers a different user interface for the same basic functions. So even after you master everything on one machine, when you go to another one it can be like visiting a foreign country. Nothing is where it is expected, different names can be used for the same things, and of course some apparatus has been designed to PREVENT audio recording which doesn't actually prevent it, it just makes it more difficult.

#9 ... integrating an independent sound track into a video is done in video editing software. You've no doubt seen the 'clappers' used in movies in the old days when the apparatus used to record sound was independent of the cameras used to record film, and there might be many cameras and even multiple recording devices in use in any given take. In the editing, the sound tracks had to be synchronized with the film footage and the "clapper" gave the editor a clear point to line the two up.

You can simulate that by simply clapping your hands when all the recording equipment (audio and video) is turned on. In the editing software you then align that clap in all tracks, audible in the sound and visible in the camera footage and if the gods are smiling, all tracks from all cameras and audio recording devices will be synchronized. That way you can have several mics in several places along with several cameras and simply select which source you want to use at which instant in your video. That's not quite "rocket science." It's just video editing. BUT you might find it a lot easier to use a video camera with an external mic input, if the camera's built-in mic isn't getting the sound quality you need. Then place the mic where it is needed. The use of a "shotgun" mic is very common in professional videography. It plugs into the camera's mic jack and will record a person speaking at a considerable distance with good clarity and volume AND largely exclude noise coming from the side. So if you want to record someone at the front of the room while you and your camera are at the back of the room, this will often do the trick so you don't have to put a mic in his hand and fiddle with lengthy cables or even more of a nusiance, wireless microphones and their receivers and power supplies and cables.

But with current video editing software you certainly CAN take clips from multiple cameras and audio recording devices and synchronize them such that you can use whichever sources you wish at any instant in the video. So you can for instance have a camera far from someone speaking, zoomed in on him and stick a netbook with a mic right in front of him to catch the sound and then synchronize the audio with the video in the video editing software. You are, however, going to save a lot of work for yourself if you can record both audio and visual tracks in the same camera at the same time. There is a great deal one can do with video editing software but it is a slow, tedious and somewhat skilled activity so the more editing you can do in the camera in the sense of getting everything right so it doesn't NEED much editing later, the simpler and easier it is.

If the source is entirely Skype there is SuperTinTin which was given away here a couple of years ago, and is available as a "free trial." The free trial only allows short recordings but it is enough to let you see what it can do and evaluate whether it can do what you want.

I've used it to record 1:1 Skype calls and it does a good job of grabbing two images (local and remote) and both sound tracks. Haven't tried it with more than 2 ppl on Skype at once. I found Supertintin to be REALLY QUITE GOOD. There are other, some free, alternatives I've tried which aren't as good or as flexible but still might be good enough for your purposes. Point here is that yes you can record Skype calls easily with a single application that provides usable results that require minimal or no editing.

It can be tricky to use audio recording software to grab both your mic and the remote input coming in over the net because Skype grabs the device (mic) and won't let other applications use it. Supertintin (and other Skype recording software) is integrated with Skype so it can get around that problem.


Reply   |   Comment by Doug Thompson  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

I have since asked at newsmart about the commandline parameters and so far they do not have any public documentation for it but gave me enough of the basics to be able to figure out some of the things we can do.
I realise this will be far beyond the needs of most users here but some users will need this information as it is not currently available in any other publicly accesable place that I am aware of.

Basically the command line parameters are simply the configuration file parameters that can be specified manually to override the currently configured and selected files.
In vanilla vista they are stored in C:\Users\your-name\AppData\Local\arw\config\ folder.
by default you have two files in there but if you define alternate profiles one for each recording source and uniquely identifyable auto-recording output folder in each profile you can by the command line override the selected profile and start multiple instances of arw with each running a seperate profile and misc set of settings.

For example if I save a profile to record from my HD Audio cards stereo microphone and called it HDA-Mic it will be saved in the above folder as the file HDA-Mic.cfg and if I also save off a profile that records from my wireless USB VIOP phone handset as a profile named USB-Mic then it will be saved in that folder as USB-Mic.cfg now I can can use two command lines to run either configuration or both side by side.

I still have much to learn about what works and what does not but I have learnt that while the cfg file settings all have spaces between words and operators the command lines must not have them or it will fail to parse the commands. Sample command lines based upon the above profile names could be (note due to the odd filtering applied to comments the command line parameters must start with two hyphens back to back then the parameter with no spaces, but that cannot be represented here due to the filtering so they are shown as "- -" but really there is no space in between):

arw - -profile=HDA-Mic


arw - -profile=USB-Mic

In the instructions I was given the paramaters in the profile files were the ones suggested I could use, but the above examples are parameters from the misc.cfg file and by fine tuning multiple profiles for each desired scenario one can use much shorter command lines and just switch profiles rather than specify parameters to override the currently selected default profile to achieve the desired results.

BTW I may have made a mistake in my iniital post complaining of the 2,000,000,000 byte recording limit, it is possible but not yet tested that the GUI layout confused me by the fact that the check boxes UNDER the parameter boxes do kind of imply that unless at least one of the check boxes are selected that nothing will happen when the limits are reached. If that is the case then really the parameter boxes should be disabled unless one or both of the selector boxes are checked in my opinion as a pro in-house alpha tester.

Hope that helps someone make use of this potentially very useful program (I gave it a thumbs up on its ability to record from both input and output pins and run multiple concurrnat instances, the rest is gravy so to speak)

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

If you have any problem in activating the product, please read the readme.txt in the package carefully.

!!! .GCD file included is necessary for correct installation and activation. Please make sure to extract all enclosed files to the same folder. After successful activation and installation you may safely delete GOTD installation files from your PC (including .GCD)!!!

Reply   |   Comment by nowsmart  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thislook better than Autocity, and less compilcated too. Thank!

Reply   |   Comment by Stortch  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Thumbs up for this very neat and intuitive program. And the Company's reply to a question I had, is next to none in their reply; for it was almost immediate, and they were kind enough to supply me with a link for the basics in operating today's GiveawayoftheDay!

Thank you NowSmat Staff, and the Giveawayoftheday Team.

Respectfully submitted,

Ron Lewis

Reply   |   Comment by Ron Lewis  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Tested the product on a windows vista home edition 64bit

Tested with a cyber accoustics USB headset. While using a USB headset, "stereo mix" is not an option, so this program was tested to be able to record things like skype calls. I found that you can record system sounds, windows sounds like the dings and such, skype calls and even websites like youtube and so on.

However, it will not record your microphone. So I am unable to use this on my podcast as it would only record my co-host's audio and skip mine entirely. That make no sense to me.

Great program to record sounds when you normally can't, but not useful for my application needs.

Reply   |   Comment by Lou  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

I noticed that a lot of people will offer up Audacity as a free alternative (to many of these similar programs). And although it can be, it's better to find a program like this one here (IMO) that has been created for this specific reason. Multi-track recording applications are great in a pinch, but I would consider this or the alternatives that Giovanni recommended especially as there are a lot of people who just download this stuff (newbies etc) and would have technical (or whatever) issues with the larger more involved prgrams. Thanks Giovanni!

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

Not quite the same, but free and works very well for me sice years: No23 Recorder!

!!Don´t forget to switch to the right input source!!

Reply   |   Comment by ws  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Can I assume that the mp3 created from a Youutube video will be DRM-free? Giovanni, can you recommend any free DRM removal software?

Reply   |   Comment by Ned  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

@Tk #17

I am a bit confused by your post. You started off by mentioning Audacity. Was the entire post talking about Audacity, or about Audio Record Wizard?

Reply   |   Comment by Neil from Ohio  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Excellent program today with professional recording features designed to record in real time pretty much any audio coming from your PC (sound from a microphone, media player, website etc...), since it works directly via its sound card. It can also record any sound directly to MP3 format saving you tiume, space and well... money.

THUMBS UP from me!!

So does this mean I would spend 25 bucks for a program like this?

Hell NOT...LOL!!!!

- PORTABLE Audacity (because PORTABLE is better, you know??):

- FeyRecorder
Awesome free Audio Recording and Text-to-Speech converting program: LET'S HAVE FUN DUDES...for FREE of course!!)


- Acoustica Basic Edition

- Sound Recorder

- X-Amp (==> great for music fans)

But, what if you wanted to capture sounds from other programs rather than what you hear??

The superb freeware SOUND LEECH can do this for FREE (works on W7 also)!!


Besides that, there is also an excellent FREE software called FREECORDER 7, I highly recommend you using, designed to record WEB (streaming)AUDIO & VIDEO files, and then save them on the HD of your PC as you hear or watch them!!

Please note that this is a revolutionary new browser-based video/audio recording and conversion program, enabling users to save and even convert any kind of videos and audios from over 1000 sites.

And it can automtically create MP3s files from ANYTHING you hear on your PC, including radio, worldwide TV channels and even Skype calls!!



So, once again ==> KI$$ YOUR WALLET GOODBYE: sounds good, doesn’t it dudes??


Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (I live for FREE!!!)  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+139)

It's good to know that this software doesn't allow to choose a recording quality...

Reply   |   Comment by Karol  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-20)

Works for me - XP SP3. I've tried other freebies before, and had problems excluding mic input, so you finish up with your track plus background noise. Tried a random youtube video, selected "rec playback", and tapped the mic area of the laptop while recording, and just got the track, no background noise! Good enough for me, thanks. Thanks as well #10 - really nice track.

Reply   |   Comment by Martin  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

This software should come with an audio tag editor to tag songs id's played from sites like internet radio or etc.

Reply   |   Comment by mario l. wilson  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-11)

Last time I checked Audacity was NOT HD Aidio aware and could only record from discrete input devices, which makes it practically useless for recording the output of programs on any windows vista and above machines with nutered sound-chips or drivers that exclude a sound-mixer or wave-out input to enable loopback recording of the sound we hear.

This allows selection of input AND output "pins" of the installed windows audio devices so can select the speaker outputs as the record source. It does apear limited to a single stereo/mono sound source so will not record from multiple sources at the same time, so cannot for instance record from michrophone AND speakers at same time to record a two way conversation or voice-over to streaming DJ mixing session. OR a backing track AND ones vocals, or a backing track AND ones real musical device input via line in and vocals via mic in... and the whole lot recorded to the same multi-track container file, an AVI file can handle multiple audio streams in the same container file if one wants to avoid propietary formats and windows media player will normally downmix such multi-track AVI files into stereo output for listening.

It also apparently imposes a 2,000,000,000 byte limit on the recorded file length which is not a necesary limit on modern file formats, it mitigates it a bit by offering to auto-create a new file when the limit is reached but with modern systems like this is built for a 2G file length limit is not called for.

It is also limited to a maximum sample rate of 48K which is low by modern standards. I see no facility to select the sample bit depth, so must assume it is fixed at 16-bit even where the sound source is set for 8 16 24 bit integer or 32 bit float.

There apears to be no restriction on running multiple instances of the program and assigning each to a different input/output device but yet to see if there is any way to completely synchronise the commentcment of recording across 2 or more instances. I am hoping all will trigger from the same user definable record hotkey event but to make hotkey definitions stick across the manditory restart after assigning them the program MUST be executed with elevated rights or else it will not be able to register the hotkey assignments. It does correctly refuse to assign already registerd hotkey combinations.

I just tried to use assigned hotkeys to record on two instances simultaneously and only the first loaded instance started recording so looks like there will be no single key press multi-instance recording start/stop event... probably will have to be a distributed tone system to each sound source to synchronise the start event, if that is even practical.

It also does have a command line record function but the almost complete lack of reference documentation leaves that to be an exercise for the end user to guess how to use as I can find no obvious or less than obvious documentation, built in, online or otherwise.

On file autonaming macro strings I'd like to have a macro that defines the selected recording device name and another for its selected Input/Output pin name. So I can have auto generated unique names for multiple instances recording into the same folder all started at the same time from different I/O devices, and have them downmixed/dubbed in an external mixer/editor application at a later date.

I note the recording duration counter only has mm:ss and no hours position but not to worry, it has added hour digit on the 60th min of recording. I suspect that is by accident of runtime library handling of time than by design.

Another potential improvement would be to be able to hook into the outputs of the Vista and above Volume Mixer whereby the output of just the chosen application/s can be selected. Without having to mute the unwanted application sounds to keep them out of the recording. But I suspect that would be quite problematic in practice with applications sometimes crashing causing the input device to vanish mid recording, of course that can be catered for by simply stopping the recording with an optional alert of some kind.

I think this application shows promise but has the need for a few more advanced features (at least the ones mentioned above) and the removal of some of the develper imposed limitations and some serious local and online documentation of ALL the current facilities including the command line interface.

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+77)

Installed easily on Win7 Pro (x64). Haven't had a chance to try all its "features". I can easily record "what I hear" in Audacity, which also has many additional editing features.

Recorded one track playing in WinAmp as a FLAC file. The sound quality was good. "Simple" as the interface appears, there are various options available.

Like others have said, you might need to play around with it a bit to get on top of it.

Reply   |   Comment by Johnny Cool  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Thanks for today's offering, I was looking for an audio recorder to WAV last week. Eliezer (#9) try BB Flashback Express Recorder.
:-D eirdre

Reply   |   Comment by Dabbotts  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

If you don't want to pick up any unnecessary dings of your PC while recording,In Windows 7, r/c mouse on desktop, choose personalize, then choose the sound tab at the bottom of that screen. Choose"sounds" tab and scroll through to "No Sounds", apply and you're all set to record without any pc prompt sounds.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

I still use GAOTD,s last freebie of this which was released about a year ago (6.0).
Its an excellent audio recorder and still use it to record "live" that i can listen to later.
The only grudge i have is the recording output slider bar which needs improving so you can use the mouse wheel instead.

Reply   |   Comment by Frank  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Is it just me, or does the app open in a window that is so small that I can barely see it (with my poor eyesight)?

Reply   |   Comment by Jose  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

This software is limited as to what it can record from: microphone, CD audio, or "line in". It cannot record something you are hearing from a website.

Reply   |   Comment by CJCotter  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)

Thanks for comments #3..."There is a help section if you need to be guided through it."
In version 6.0 it was not.
Thanks to GOTD and to Now Smart.
Thanks to #4.
I installed on OS Win7 (64) and recorded in format FLAC from :
Very nice job (software)!
Try it and you will see!

Reply   |   Comment by leo  –  10 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+14)
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