Recording Music Of The Internet

I am not a real music fan of any type. But I am into computers. And occasionally I answer a question or two at Yahoo Answers http://ca.answers.yahoo.com/. One question I answered was about recording music of the internet.

I recommended Audacity from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/. I used it before, not to record music of the internet but to record music of the TV. And it's FREE!!

To record sound from a TV; You basically just need a cord where one end fits into your sound card in the Line-In plugin (usually right next to the speaker and mike plugin on your sound card). The other end goes into the audio out of your VCR (of course these days TV's come with audio and video in and out directly on them). Unfortunately my 17 year old RCA 14 inch colour TV set doesnít have them so I have to use my VCR.

Amazingly, it worked. I recorded a few Newfoundland and Labrador - http://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/ songs of our station NTV - http://ntv.ca/ - Newfoundland Broadcasting company Ltd, for a relative.

This only works for audio. You need a TV tuner card to get video, something I still donít have today.

I notice how some questions (at Yahoo Answers) are repeatedly asked over and over again. I think people would get a quicker response to their problems if they searched directly through a search engin than waiting there for a reply.

The problem of recording music from the internet has come up a number of times.

I suggested using Audacity at one time and just tried it for myself and was surprised it didnít work. So I went searching on the internet for answers. Came across a Youtube video that gave me part of the solution.

How to record songs from internet without a microphone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66q9HCgLYrs is a video I came across that pointed me in the right direction.

Unfortunately, this procedure didnít work for me, even using Windows Sound Recorder found on my WinXP Pro system by clicking on Start > Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder.

So I went digging around in the settings. Basically by right-clicking on the volume icon in the Notification Area down by the clock. Right-clicking on it gives you two options;

  • Open Volume Controls
  • Adjust Audio properties
  • The option I wanted was Adjust Audio properties. Then click on Options and then Properties.

    When the properties box opens click on the Recording option. And make sure all the options in the bottom box are checked.

    This will open up the volume controls for the recording properties. Make sure to uncheck any that are muted and turn the volumes up by clicking on the slider and pushing it to the top. Note: if you have a microphone you might want to keep that one muted otherwise it might pick up other sounds in your recordings.

    You can close this down after but in my case it still wouldnít work. Even though the Youtube video didnít mention it, I noticed the Advanced button towards the bottom left of the recording volume controls. So I clicked on that and up popped a new window named Advanced Controls for Recording Control. The Tone Controls where grayed out and unusable. So I checked the only other option named 1. Record Monitor.

    That solved the problem. I first tested it with Windows Sound Recorder. Start > Programs > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder Click on the last button over with the red circle in it to record. The one with the square in it means stop. The triangle one is play. When you finish recording click on File > Save as, and thatís where the problems start.

    Your only option is a WAV file that can end up with a very large file in a very short period of time. Then you would have to download and run another program to convert it to MP3, especially if you wanted to use it on your MP3 Player.

    Of course you could just use a program that can save directly to MP3 format.

    Audacity from http://audacity.sourceforge.net/. It can save directly to Mp3 (a codec called LAME is required http://www.free-codecs.com/download_soft.php?d=2763&s=22). Download and uncompress the LAME and the first time you go to save a MP3 it will ask for the location of the file lame_enc.dll in the LAME folder.

    Audacity is just like a bigger version of Sound Recorder. It has a lot of options but basically you just use the big buttons at the top. Running your mouse cursor over them will tell you each simple function.

    So to record from the internet, just open your web browser and the Audacity program at the same time. You can use the Alt + Tab keyboard combination to switch from the browser to Audacity. In your browser, go to your web page with the music, switch to Audacity, click on the Red record button. When finished click on the Yellow Stop button. You can press on the Green Play button to see if it turned out right, when finished recording. Then click an File then Export As MP3.

    Like I said the first time, it will ask you for the LAME codec. The end result a nice MP3 at your disposal. By the way I have confirmed this procedure works on my own system by recording from a Newfoundland and Labrador radio staion called VOCM. http://www.vocm.com/

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