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Real Time Count Down And Scheduled Recording
Drew's Tutorial
Real Time, Timed & Scheduled Recording Systems
On this page are 2, actually 3 Real Time Recorders. What's a real time recorder? Aren't you supposed to record using the DAK Wave Editor? We'll yes and no.

Quick Index
Major Tutorial Sections
How Do I Do Count Down Recording?
How Do I Hear While I'm Recording using a USB adapter or Turntable? (See Arrow 11.)
How Do I Do Scheduled Recording?
Real time recorders operate very differently from the DAK wave editor because they record directly to your hard drive as they record. The Wave Editor writes to RAM and only to the hard drive as a temp file, when you've used your available RAM up. So, unless you actually go to File/Save as with the editor, no permanent file is ever made.

With these Real Time, no temp file recorders you can record much longer and therefore bigger files. For example, a 2 hour Wav file in the editor would put 1.2 Gigs in RAM, while a 2 hour direct record just drops the 1.2 Gig (or 120 MGB for MP3) on your hard drive. So with these recorders you truly can record for as long as you have hard drive space. Except that even with these, Windows can get temperamental at about 2.4 Gigs and for sure around 4 Gigs.

That said if you are recording MP3 you can record for a very long time. Where if you are trying to record with the editor, even though you are recording to save as MP3, any file that's actually open in the editor is a Wav file and will take up 600 megs per hour.

And while you can't open the bigger files in the editor, you can stream them and listen to them. And for timed and scheduled recordings, the files are actually saved and not left open so that's a big advantage too.

So for normal recording of up to an hour or so, use the editor. But for timed recording, that's longer than an hour and for most scheduled recording, use the Real Time Schedule Advanced recorder.

OK let's explore your new recorders.

Recorder One and Two - Direct Real Time Recorder. Recorder ONE, use for manual direct to hard drive recording with no temp files. Recorder TWO gives you up to 5 hours of count down recording. You start it manually and it will stop on its own and save your file at the predetermined number of minutes you've chosen for it to record.

Recorder Three -
This is the advanced or Scheduled Record. Set it for any day or time to start and any day or time to stop. Note, the computer must be on the entire time this recorder is activated. However, it can be minimized.

Important Note: You can access two identical recorders to these by clicking the Clock Button on the Main Editor. But those recorders, while they look the same, use the editor to record. So they are limited, as to how long they will record, by your RAM and RAM Disc. But for normal recording of one side of a record or cassette they are preferred as you can then just edit and separate tracks in the editor without ever reloading.

Important Recording Note: These recorders record whatever is coming into your computer when you choose that sound as your source to record. So if it's Internet Radio, Satellite Radio, Cable TV digital music or recording a conference, always be sure it's actively playing at the time you have set these recorders to record. And always remember to make a short test recording to be sure that you are recording what you want to record.


Real Time & Timed Real Time Recorder
Record directly to your hard drive with no temp files. Perfect sound of course. Easy to use and the recorder saves automatically when you click stop or when the 'count down timer recorded period' ends.

Arrow 1.) Select a source that you want to record. It can be What You Hear, Stereo Mix or Wave Out for recording the Internet, Mic for a microphone recording of a daylong conference or Line In for recording from a Satellite Radio or Cable TV music station.

Just Click the Record Source Button to choose your shource. See the Step-By-Step - Click here.

Arrow 2.) Set your volume for recording. Always do a test recording of the source you are going to record to be sure you have both the source and volume set correctly.

Arrow 3.) Choose if you want to record the file as an MP3 or Wav file.

Arrow 4.) Choose the frequency. 44,100 is CD quality.

Arrow 5.) Choose a bitrate for MP3 and Sample Rate for Wav. The default settings are perfect. 128 is CD Quality. Use lower settings for smaller files that don't sound as good. Test to determine what you need.

Arrow 6.) Click the actual Words Select Folder as it's a hidden button to navigate to the folder you want your recording saved in. DO NOT TYPE THE FOLDER INFO.

NOTE: You must select a Target Folder and give the recording a name BEFORE you start recording so it can stop and close the file at the end automatically.

Arrow 7.) Choose a name for your file. It can be anything you like. Use letters and numbers only. No characters like '/?.

Now You are ready to record.

Arrow 8a.) Just click the Red Record Icon and the recorder will record until you stop it. Don't forget to stop it or it will record till it fills up your hard drive. Unattended recording is not recommended as it can ultimately crash your computer.

Arrow 8b.) Count down recording for up to 5 hours is easy with this button. Open the pull down menu and choose your recording time. Then click the Clock Button to start the recording. It will automatically stop recording and save the file at the preset time or when you click the Red Stop Button to the left.

Arrow 9.) These are the Stop Buttons. You can stop either timed or manual at any time by click the stop button.

Arrow 10.) You have 6 different input level displays to choose from. You can use analog or the graphical displays as shown. Use the ones that are best for you.

Arrow 11.) NEW USB Option. When you are using an external USB turntable or USB audio adapter you normally can't hear the sound of what you are recording through your computer speakers as you record. After you record you can, but during record you can't.

I've added a new feature called Play-Through so that once you click record, you can hear the sound as you record. This feature works on all XP machines and most W7/Vista machines. We have a special USB recorder in the Tools menu that is specifically made to record with Play-Through with both XP and W7/Vista. Either way, now you can use a USB adapter and still hear the sound as you record. There's no difference in the recording, but now you can hear the music as you record.



Recorder In Detail
Here's a little closer look at the Real Time and Timed Real Time Recorder to make sure using it is super clear.

Arrow 1. To choose where you want to save your recording, click the INVISIBLE Target Folder Button.

Arrow 2. Type the name of the file you want to save.

Arrow 3. Click this icon for manual recording. It will start immediately and write directly to the hard drive.

Arrow 4. Click this stop button to stop the manual record. It will stop and save automatically. Don't use this part for unattended recording as you could fill your hard drive if you went away for a day or so.

Arrow 5. For Timed Recording, Choose how long you want to record from the time you start. It's a count down timer.

Arrow 6. Click the Clock Button to start recording.

Arrow 7. Click stop anytime you want to stop even if the timer is set to run longer. It will save your file just as if the timer had done it.


Real Time Advanced Schedule Recorder
Think of the Advanced Scheduled Real Time Recorder as being a one event VCR for audio. You can set it to start and stop at any time of any day. So if you can't be there, you can still record that radio program, that Internet broadcast, that special moment. Your computer must remain on and the recorder can be minimized. But, with that single restriction, now you can record when you're asleep or away. Now you won't miss that important webcast or anything ever again.

Arrow 1. Select a source that you want to record. It can be What You Hear, Stereo Mix or Wave Out for recording the Internet, Mic for a microphone recording of a daylong conference or Line In for recording from a Satellite Radio or Cable TV music station.

Just Click the Record Source Button to choose your shource. See the Step-By-Step - Click here.

Arrow 2. Set your volume for recording. Always do a test recording of the source you are going to record to be sure you have both the source and volume set correctly.

Arrow 3. Choose if you want to record the file as an MP3 or Wav file.

Arrow 4. Choose the frequency. 44,100 is CD quality

Arrow 5. Choose a bitrate for MP3 and Sample Rate for Wav. The default settings are perfect. 128 is CD Quality. Use lower settings for smaller files that don't sound as good. Test to determine what you need.

Arrow 6. Click the actual Word 'Select Folder' as it's a hidden button to navigate to the folder you want your recording saved in. DO NOT TYPE THE FOLDER INFO.

NOTE: You must select a Target Folder and give the recording a name BEFORE you start recording so it can stop and close the file at the end automatically.

Arrow 7. Choose a name for your file. It can be anything you like. Use letters and numbers only. No characters like '/?.

Now You are ready to record.

Arrow 8a. Since you are going to record at a future time, be sure your computer is set to the correct day and date. If not, reset your computer clock itself. We use your computer's time to schedule the recording.

Arrow 8b. Set the day you want to start here. See the detail in the picture below.

Arrow 8c. Set your start time. Be sure to note AM or PM.

Arrow 8d. Set your end time. Be sure to note Am or PM.

NOTE: For setting the time you type in the numbers or use your mouse.

Arrow 9. Click to activate the Scheduled Time Record.


Schedule Recorder Detail
Here's the Record section up close.

Arrow 1.
Click the Selected Folder INVISIBLE Button to navigate to the folder you want to save your recording in.

Arrow 2. Type In the name of the recording you want to save. Use only letters and numbers, no characters like ?/.'

Arrow 3. Check to see that your computer is set to the correct time.

Arrow 4a. Click the Date Set Button to choose the date you want to record. It will launch the 4b window if you aren't going to record on the same day.

Arrow 4b. Choose the day you want to record by clicking on the date here or using the arrow keys above to go to the next month. Remember if you close the recorder (you can minimize it) any time before the scheduled recording time, no recording will take place.

Arrow 5. Choose your record start time. You can use your mouse or type in the numbers and be sure to note AM or PM.

Arrow 6. Choose your record end time. You can use your mouse or type in the numbers and be sure to note AM or PM

Arrow 7. Click the Start Timed Record to activate the recorder. It will start recording at the date and time you have set as long as you have not closed the program or turned off your computer at any time between when you want to record and when you set the recorder. You may minimize the recorder at any time.

Important Note: It's always a good idea to make a test recording for a minute or so to be sure that the source you want to record is playing through your computer and that both the source setting and volume are properly set so you will get your recording.


 
A few last things that I want to mention.

Timed record and Scheduled Record add really important capabilities to the editor because now you can record something when you aren't going to be there or record without having to baby-sit. Now you can record an hour from the Internet, Satellite Radio, the digital music channels from your cable TV box and more. Now you won't miss that webcast you've been wanting to catch or your favorite talk show. And after you've made the recording, just download it to your iPod to take with you or edit it and keep it on your computer.

One thing I like to do is record an hour of Internet streaming music. I don't listen while it records. Then I listen to the play back and I select and save the tracks I like to build my own collection. I'm a pull type of person. I want to listen to what I want when I want. With the timed record, I can record and save just the tracks I want so later I'll always play what I want, not what some disc jockey wants me to hear.

Enjoy. . . Drew


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