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How to record audio to your PC

With a microphone and some free software

QUESTION My trusty Olympus digital voice recorder was stolen, and I need to record about 10 hours of speech for burning on to CD. Before I go and get a replacement digital recorder, can you advise me of alternative recording options I could consider? I have Wavepad and Audacity software. Will these do the job? I’m likely to want to add background music to my recordings. Johnincrete

HELPROOM ANSWER Microphones cost anything from £5 to £250. You can then use the microphone/line-in port on your PC and use the computer hard drive to store the audio file. Your best bet may be a USB mic designed for podcasting. Hardware retailers and high-street electronics stores all sell such devices.

Audacity is probably the best free recording package you can get and will allow you to lay many other tracks over the top of your voice should you need to in the future.

For a tutorial on using Audacity, see How to make music on your PC.

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