Background of Audio on the Web
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Recording Audio
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(3) Hardware and Software Tools

Randall S. Davis
English Language Institute
University of Utah

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1. Hardware Considerations [ System Requirements ]

2. Microphones, Speakers, and Headphones

3. Software


  • Macintosh's very own Sound Control Panel (Free).
  • SoundApp 2.4.4 (Norman Franke): A very useful program for converting many sound types (Free).
  • Sound Effects (Riccisoft): A really cool shareware recording/editing program.
  • SndSampler (Alan Glenn): A good starter shareware program for recording and editing sounds ($20). A cheap alternative to SoundEdit.
  • Sound Sculptor II (Jeff Smith): a commercial quality sound editor.
  • Peak LE (Bias): A professional sound recording and editing package.
  • SoundEdit (Macromedia): Full-feature, professional sound recording and editing machine. If you have the money, go for it!
  • Ultra Recorder ( EJ Enterprises): records, plays, converts, and compresses sounds, plus will allow you to create start-up sound files.
Windows 95/98/NT
  • Window's Multimedia Accessory Sound Recorder (Free).
  • Awave (FMJ-Software) : an audio format converter, editor and player.
  • GoldWave: a digital audio editor.
  • RealProducer G2 (RealNetworks): Basic tools for recording and editing sound (Free).
  • CoolEdit (Syntrillium): An excellent sound recording and editing tool. My choice of Windows software at a budget price.
  • Sound Forge XP 4.5. A full-featured recording and editing program.