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CluelessInSeattle
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(Date Posted:12/13/2011 19:07)

Out here in Seattle there's an FM radio station that broadcasts a program of Christmas pop music on the Saturday night before Christmas.  The program is called The Swing Years and Beyond and I used to tape the broadcasts (in fact, as I type this I'm listening to a a cassette tape of the program broadcast back in 2000).

This year I'd like to try recording the program on my computer instead of onto cassettes.

I've got a little software program that will record any sounds that the computer plays.  So I'm thinking I could connect the output from my receiver into the mic input of my sound card on my computer.

Do you think that would work?
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RE:How to record radio broadcast on computer?
(Date Posted:12/14/2011 09:40)

Will,

Do you have a "Line In" on your sound card?  If so, that would be better, being the "Mic" input uses a pre-amp and the sound level from your Receiver would be too loud.  If you are using the Auxiliary Outputs on your Receiver, you could use a cable that has 2 RCA connections on the one end and the other end with the mini-plug and connect it to your computer/sound card inputs.

Also, I would play aroud with the volume control panel because it has options to adjust the Record level and you could do a test file to see what level you would need it at so it isn't distorted.  I do this all the time when I copy my Vinyl Records to the computer so I can listen to them without having to turn the record over and can also pick and choose which songs I want either WinAmp or Window Media Player or even i-Tunes to play.
I'm posting some screen shots of the Volume Control Panel and then there is more typing below.

You can usually get to this image very easilly by double-clicking on the speaker icon on your task bar, if you just click it once, it only opens the volume control slider and it won't bring this up.


When you get this image, click on "Otions"




When you get this image, click on "Recording"




When you get this image, make sure that "Line In" is selected and you can leave these panels open while testing the levels of your sample recordings to get it at the right level.  The level on the  "Playback" image, only changes the volume of what you hear but not what is actually being recorded.  That is why you have to make sure that "Line In" is selected and you adjust the slider to get the right level.


I hope this is helpful to you.  You may have a different Volume Control Panel than myself depending on what version of Windows you are using.  This is from Windows-XP SP3


*[Edited to add images and instructions]

(Message edited by Christmas Always On 12/14/2011 09:48)
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RE:How to record radio broadcast on computer?
(Date Posted:12/18/2011 00:37)

You can listen to that show or station online, right on your computer, so you don't have to connect any wires from your radio. Just play it from one of the "listen online" links (there are several on that link you gave us, and also on the station's homepage), and then turn on the recording device you say you have.


A simple way for non-techies (of which I am one) to record live online radio is to use RealPlayer (which is free to download and very useful). Real.com. Then, when the show is about to start, go to the station's "Listen Live" page, click "Listen Live to KUOW2 (Real)", and then click the red button on RealPlayer to record. To stop recording, unclick the red button. You can then burn your RealPlayer recording onto CD if you like.


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RE:How to record radio broadcast on computer?
(Date Posted:12/21/2011 22:40)

Thanks, Susan, for those detailed instructions.   I'm afraid I've been under the weather lately and probably won't have the energy to try to record that show this year.  :(

And I need to apologize to WhoDownInWhoville, because I should have mentioned in my original post that I still use a free dial-up ISP, and I think it's too slow to stream the radio show.
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RE:How to record radio broadcast on computer?
(Date Posted:12/23/2011 01:59)


Hi Will, sorry you are feeling under the weather.

You can, however, listen to the broadcast on dial-up, using their low-stream option: "Our MP3 Low stream (32kbps), Windows stream and RealAudio stream are all recommended for 56k dial-up modems or faster."

On Saturday at 7, just click one of the top two links here: http://www.kuow.org/listen/.

Or, at any time within a week thereafter,  click here to listen to the archive of it on Windows Media Player: http://kuow.org/swingyears.asx.

Here is their FAQ about listening: http://www.kuow.org/listen/listening_online.php#SW.

Hope that helps, if you are feeling like listening online.

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(Message edited by WhoDownInWhoville On 12/23/2011 02:03)
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RE:How to record radio broadcast on computer?
(Date Posted:12/23/2011 05:43)

You're welcome Will,

Sorry you are under the weather too.  I hope you feel better soon.  Not that I mean it's good to be sick anytime of the year, but I hate getting sick for Christmas and other Holidays.

My instructions would also be a good way to transfer any other cassettes to the computer so you could make CD's of any old cassettes or other media you may have.
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RE:How to record radio broadcast on computer?
(Date Posted:12/23/2011 11:14)

Thanks for the well wishes, folks!  My stomach went south a few weeks ago, and I guess I should have gone with it, eh?

And, Susan, those instructions you posted will be so helpful when I get back on my feet.  Do you know if there's a way I could print them out.  You obviously put a lot of work into them, so I'd like to have them on paper so I can keep them next to my computer.
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RE:How to record radio broadcast on computer?
(Date Posted:12/25/2011 23:16)

Will, you should be able to copy and paste the post where I gave the instructions into a Word Document and then print it out.

All you need to do is put the mouse at the beginning of the post and hold down the left mouse button and slowly drag it down the post until everything is highlighted and then left click and select "Copy"

Then go to your Word Document and put the mouse at the top of the page and right click and select "Paste" and it should put all the text including the images into your document that you can print out.

If that doesn't work for you, I could create a Word Document and email it to you by using the mail Icon at the top of the main page of the message board.  It is just above and to the right of the Category, Topics, Replies, Last Read and Views section of the message board.  Not the page with the fireplace on it.  It should look something like below, but will have a green background and the envelope for the Inbox will be flashing yellow if you have a message.


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I hope this is helpful and also hope you are feeling much better.  Please let me know if you are unable to copy and paste and I will do a Word document for you and email it to you.
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