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XZilla

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Recording File Size
« on: October 28, 2005, 10:59:43 AM »

I currently use Audacity to record speeches and sermons to my computer via a mixer. I find that the files are huge. For example, a 104 minute sermon was approximately 5gb. I recorded the Audacity file using Microsoft Plus! Analog Recorder and the entire file size was only 58mb. What is the difference. Are there any settings that I should change in Audacity.

I must admit that I am fairly new to digital recording, and don't know much about sample rates and other settings.

Also, I know that eventually I will have to stop using nickle and dime software. (No offense to Audacity). Are there any suggestions for a good all in one programs.

Thanks
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j.hall

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Re: Recording File Size
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2005, 04:43:44 PM »

what sample rate and bit depth are you working in?

that will have a big impact on the total file size.
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blueboy

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Re: Recording File Size
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2005, 08:36:29 PM »

Make sure you go into Audacity's preferences under the quality tab  and set the default sample rate to 44.1 and bit depth to 16 bit. I think it defaults to 32 bit floating point.

You can also set a preference for mono under the Audio I/O tab in the recorder section.

That should keep your file size down.

There is nothing wrong with Audacity by the way, if you don't need advanced features.

Regards,

JL

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