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Digital Audio

How can I create digital audio recordings of my students playing instruments?

How can I make a digital audio recording of student work for inclusion in their electronic portfolio?

What free or inexpensive software is available for manipulating sound?

listening to musicSound is an easy, yet powerful way to add multimedia elements to any project.

Consider the following ways you can use digital sound:

Digital Audio

Digital audio are sounds that are stored on an electronic device such as a CD, DVD, hard drive, or MP3 player. Sounds can be recorded on any computer using a microphone.

Downloading Audio from the Web

Digital audio can also be found on the Internet and downloaded or streamed. Downloaded audio is copied from a remote web server and played on the computer's hard drive. Streamed audio is also downloaded, but only temporarily stored on the computer while it is playing.

Streaming audio is not permanently stored on your hard drive. You must be online to listen to the sound. In addition, since it's not stored on your hard drive, it can't be edited. If you wish to use a segment of streaming audio in your multimedia project, you will need software that records (or rips) the sound. The words capturing, recording, downloading, saving, and ripping are all used to describe copying audio off the web.

Before you consider saving and editing streaming audio, you need to be certain that you have permission. Some websites specifically state that streamed media may not be saved on your hard drive. Others indicate that the sounds may not be reused or repurposed.

Many free and shareware software is available for recording/ripping streaming media. Go to All Streaming Media for a nice chart of the available software and reviews.

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Audio Listening Software

Use the following software to play digital audio.

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Windows Sound Recording Software

Use the following software to record any sound produced by your Windows system including live input or microphone.

Use the following software to record streaming (RealAudio, WIndowsMedia, QuickTime, Flash, MP3, MIDI) sounds on your Windows system.

Use the following software to edit sound recordings.

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Macintosh Sound Recording Software

Use the following software to record any sound produced by your Mac OSX including live input or microphone.

Use the following software to record streaming (RealAudio, WIndowsMedia, QuickTime, Flash, MP3, MIDI) sounds on your Mac.

Use the following software to edit sound recordings.

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Record It

Download one of the suggested software programs.
Record yourself talking, singing, or making great noises.
Integrate this recording into other software such as a web development tool, PowerPoint, or Word.


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