Digital Audio Editor
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In Windows 7 use the Snipping Tool to capture part of the screen and save it to a file.
When the program is installed by the administrator, basic users will be prompted to install the default presets and settings when they run the program for the first time. Elevated privileges are not required to run the program.
To transfer settings and presets to a new computer, use Start | Programs | GoldWave | GoldWave Setup and choose the Backup Settings button on the old computer to save all settings to a file on portable or network storage (USB drive, memory card, etc.). Use the Restore Settings button on the new computer to copy the settings from that file. You must reselect the playback, recording, and volume devices (press F11, Volume tab) in GoldWave to match the new computer's hardware.
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An old version of GoldWave may still be running. Be sure to close GoldWave before installing an update or try restarting your system.
You may need to log in as "administrator" or change the User Account Control setting. GoldWave does not require administrator privileges after it is installed.
Connect the cassette deck, amplified turntable output, radio, or other audio device to the computer's Line In socket (usually blue). Or connect a microphone to the Mic In socket (usually pink). Do not connect an line output to the Mic In socket because that will cause distortion and may overload the sound hardware.
Use the File | New command to create a new file. For CD quality recording, use stereo and a rate of 44100Hz. You can enter the recording duration in the Length box.
Once the file has been created, you need to select the recording input on your computer and adjust the volume.
Windows Vista, 7, or later
Troubleshooting information related to Vista, 7, and later, can be found here.
Windows XP or earlier (or DirectSound mode)
Method 1: Setting Volumes Using GoldWave
Use the Options | Control Properties command or press the F11 key and choose the Volume tab. It displays recording sources and volume levels. See the help for more information. Select either the Line item or the Microphone item, depending on the connection you are using. Use the Monitor input option on the Record tab to activate the visuals and level meters.
Method 2: Setting Volumes Using Windows
To start the Volume Control accessory, double click the speaker icon in the Windows Start bar tray or choose Start | Programs | Accessories | Entertainment | Volume Control. Follow these steps (see illustrations below):
You should now see volume controls again, but these will be for recording sources instead of playback. Each source has a Select box. Check the box (5) for the source you want to use and make sure that the volume is not at the bottom (6). You should uncheck all other Select boxes to prevent noise on those source from being recorded.
Important! Make sure the volume controls title changes to Recording Controls. If not, then you must go back and follow the above steps.
If you find that the recording volume is too low or too high, no matter how you set it, check to see if your sound card (or external device) has a master recording volume control and adjust that volume. In some cases, you may need to adjust the playback volumes as well. Some sound cards feed the volume of the playback into the recording, making it necessary to adjusting both controls. To view the playback volume controls, right-click on the speaker icon in the taskbar and select "Open Volume Mixer" or "Open Volume Control".
Choose the red record button on the Control window or press Ctrl+F9 to start recording.
There may be a couple of ways to do it, depending on your sound hardware. Some devices have a direct analog connection between the recording input and the playback device.
If there is no internal connection between the recording device and the playback device or the inputs are not listed on the Levels tab, use the following steps.
Windows XP or earlier
If you are not using an external USB device, then use the Windows Volume Control accessory under Start | All Programs | Accessories | Entertainment | Volume Control to make sure the source you are recording is not muted. Some sound card drivers will mute the input to prevent feedback whenever you start recording, so you may have to unmute it again after recording starts.
If you are using a USB audio device for recording and a sound card for playback, there is no direct audio connection between the two. You'd need to connect speakers to the USB audio device (if possible). Another alternative would be to configure GoldWave to allow playback and recording at the same time. Use Start | All Programs | GoldWave | GoldWave Setup and check the "Allow playback while recording" box. After you start recording, wait about a second, then start playback to hear what's being recorded.
One other option is to get a splitter cable so that the audio output can be connected to separate speakers and the computer's input or the USB audio input at the same time.
To select 24 bit quality in GoldWave, choose Options | Control Properties (or press F11), choose the Device tab, then set the Recording quality to "PCM 24 bit". Not all devices support that quality, so you may get an error when trying to record. If so, try "PCM 16 bit" instead.
For Windows XP and earlier, select the "Stereo Mix", "Wave", "Wave Out Mix", "What U Hear" or similarly labelled source or device (the actual name depends on the sound card and driver).
Some computers do not have any way of recording the audio directly. You will need to buy a short stereo splitter cable to connect the speaker output (green) to the Line-in (blue), then select "Line" as the source (or device). Another alternative is to use a virtual sound driver like Total Recorder.
|Short Stereo Cable||Splitter Cable and Stereo Cable|
Another alternative is to purchase a USB telephone recorder, then select that device in GoldWave for recording (press the F11 key, Device tab).
To add commentary over music with automatic fading of the music, use Effect | Voice Over.
For a DirectX wrapper, use the Effect | Plug-in | DirectX menu to select the wrapper effect, then select the VST effect to use. For the Winamp Bridge, use Effect | Plug-in | GWAmp | GWAmp, select the VST Winamp Bridge effect, then configure the effect to select the VST effect to use.
To manually install LAME:
To save in MP3 format, use File | Save As and select the MP3 type or ("MPEG Audio" for older version of GoldWave) and one of the listed MPEG attributes. Use bitrates of 160kbps or higher and a sampling rate of 44100Hz for high quality. If you get an error message, make sure that the lame_enc.dll file is installed correctly.
In GoldWave v5
Use the Options | Storage command to determine the location of the temporary folder. Use File | Open and browse to the folder to open the gw???.tmp file in GoldWave. If the "File Format" window appears, select the Raw file type and the "IEEE float signed 32 bit, little endian" attributes with either "mono" or "stereo". Set the rate for the file (44100 for CD).
In GoldWave v4
Use the Options | File command to determine the location of the temporary folder. Open the gw???.tmp file in GoldWave. You'll need to select the PCM format and the "16 bit signed" attributes with either "mono" or "stereo". Set the rate for the file (44100 for CD).
Use the Effects | Resample command in GoldWave to change the rate, if necessary. Use File | Save As to choose the Wave type and select the PCM signed 16 bit, stereo attributes.
Audio is not stored in MP3 format on a standard CD. Unless you need to conserve hard drive space or have a CD player that plays MP3 files directly, the MP3 format should not be used. The MP3 encoding process lowers the quality of the original audio. The reduced quality may become noticeable if you do further processing on the file (the Remove vocals effect in GoldWave, for example, is adversely affected by the MP3 encoding process).
Files do not have be converted to cda format. See this link for information on cda files.
Refer to the question above for more information.
Some CD-R programs create a track for each file written. You can use GoldWave's Cue Points tool to split a large file into seamless track files. You would set a cue point at every place where you want a track (play the file and press Ctrl+Q to quickly set cue points), then use the Split File button under the Cue Points tool. That will create a set of CD sector aligned track files for burning to a CD. You will still need to configure your CD-R software to use "disc-at-once" mode with no silence between tracks. Click here for more information from the CDR FAQ.