For simple computer recording, Windows comes with a recorder that can solve the problem. However, for more complex needs, such as recording radio programs and various software sounds at regular intervals, recording audio from microphones, mono-players, CDs, etc., a solution with external third-party software is a better choice.
1. PC Timed Recording Broadcast without Missing Listening
Many people have the habit of listening to regular radio programs. If you have something to do at a certain time, you can use the auto-recording function of the internet radio software “Tornado Radio” to automatically record the programs that are broadcasted at regular intervals.
First, install and run the Tornado Radio software. Click the “Menu” button on the software panel and select the “Parameter Settings” command (Figure 1).
In the parameter setting window, select the “Player” tab, then check the “Play automatically on” checkbox, and select the program start point and end point after that; then check the “And record “checkbox, and select the location of the recording file below. After setting, click “OK” button (Figure 2).
After that, go back to the playback screen, click the station you want to record to play, then click the “Stop” button to keep the Tornado Radio software running and do not quit. This way, when the set time arrives, the software will automatically play the selected channel and record automatically at the same time. When the program of the set time period is finished, the software will automatically switch to the stop state (Figure 3).
2. Other audio programs can be recorded in their entirety
In addition to recording the contents of webcast software, sometimes we also need to record other audio programs played on the computer, such as audio played on CDs, audio input from microphones and various external audio input through sound card cables, or we also need to record the contents of programs played on the web. In this case, we can use the software Total Recorder to complete the recording.
Once Total Recorder is running, two windows appear side by side, the main recording window on the left and the playlist window on the right (Figure 4). Click the Parameters button to enter the recording source selection and parameter setting window.
In the Record Audio Source Selection and Parameter Settings window, click the Save as button after Preset to give the recording file a name. Then select the Audio option in the Record column to indicate recording audio. Under the Audio tab, tap on the Sound board option and select the recording device, such as a microphone, from the back; then select the volume control type and adjust the volume level from the bottom. Finally, click the Change button in the bottom right corner of the window to set the format of the recorded audio file (Figure 5).
In the audio format setting window, click on the Preset drop-down list to select three different quality MP3 types; in the File type drop-down list, you can select other kinds of file formats, such as the common OGG, FLAC, APE, WMA, etc. Subsequently, in the Format and Attributes drop-down lists, audio formats and specific attributes can be further selected and set (Figure 6).
After all parameters are set, go back to the recording window and select the “Playlist/Record→Record” menu command (or directly press Ctrl+R) to start audio recording. If you need to pause, execute the Pause command or press the Ctrl+U key combination. To end the recording, execute the Stop command or press the Ctrl+P key combination to finish the recording (Figure 7).
Finally, back in the main window of the software, you can click on the Play button at the bottom to try out the recording file. If there are useless parts in the recording or need to be edited, then you can use the edit button on the top row of the playback toolbar to locate the start and end positions and then perform the editing process. After editing, if you are satisfied with the result, click the Disk button on the toolbar to save the recording file to disk (Figure 8).
Timed recording is also possible with Total Recorder Pro. Whether it is from an Internet radio program or an audio program from a web page, you can record the whole thing as it is. First, select the Schedule command in the Tools menu, then click the New button in the task window to create a recording rule, set the recording time, recording source and parameters, recording file name, etc. After confirming, keep the software running, and the audio from the set source will be recorded automatically when the specified time arrives (Figure 9).