NowSmart Studio's Audio Record Wizard makes it easy to record sounds on your PC from a microphone, a file, or anything you can plug into your sound card, like a tape deck or TV. It's great for recording chat sessions because it can record sounds from two sources, such as a microphone and Internet feed, and save it all as one file in a range of formats (MP3, OGG, WAV, and FLAC). It can convert and merge audio files, manage MP3 tags, and perform other audio editing duties. Many of its tools are particularly suited to voice recording, such as Voice Activation, File Length Limitation, and Noise Suppression. Audio Record Wizard Version 6.98 is free to try with a two-minute recording limit.
Audio Record Wizard's user interface closely resembles a media player in layout, style, and size. It's a logical design since the program also plays back the recordings it makes. The familiar layout and controls made it easier to learn this tool's ins and outs. By ins, we mean inputs, i.e. Source, which the program lists in a drop-down menu at the top of the window, just above the File display and Level controls. By outs, we mean output directory, file type, and so on, as well as the media player controls in the bottom panel. But there's no need to guess since Audio Record Wizard opens with a Step-by-Step Guide displayed in the main window.
We clicked "Source" and selected our video card's output. We played a video and clicked "Record." Audio Record Wizard started recording the sound feed as an MP3, which played back normally. Next we tried the Line In and Microphone feeds--also successfully. Stereo Mix recorded audio from our motherboard's audio driver, but Audio Record Wizard also recognized all seven inputs on our external Firewire sound card, including analog (Line In) and digital (S/PDIF) sources. But the feature we wanted to try was NowSmart Audio's Computer Sound & Voice input, so we clicked "How to Use" in the Source menu, which opened a Web-based tutorial, entitled "How to record online conversations." Again the results were great. We suggest you try this nifty tool, yourself.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Audio Record Wizard 6.98.
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From NowSmart Studio:
Audio Record Wizard is not another giant audio editor. This is an easy to use, fast and stable sound recorder software. It help you to start recording quickly and easily. You can use it to: 1) Record voice from a microphone; 2) Record from external audio device (like tape player); 3) Record any audio playing on the computer into digital audio files (MP3/OGG/WAV/FLAC). 4) Record computer sounds and voice at the same time. Also, it provides some convenient features: File Length Limitation, Voice Activation System, Schedule, Command Line Mode, Noise Suppression, Auto Gain Control, Trim, Tag Editor(Song Identification), Build-in Audio Converter and Audio Merger.
Note that the computer may not only have one microphone, USB microphone and normal microphone are different. Audio Record Wizard will list all supported devices on the top of window, you need to select an appropriate recording device before recording.
Audio Record Wizard allows users to record from different device, so it will not change recording device automatically like voice chat software. You decide what kind of source you would like to record from, and you select the correct device before recording.
If you are not sure which device should be selected, click Options->System->Open log file, copy and paste its content, and email to us(firstname.lastname@example.org). We will help you to fix this.
The most important step in using the product is to select the right recording device before recording. If you are not sure about this, or have any other question, feel free to contact us at http://www.nowsmart.com/support.html, we will be happy to help you fix this.
Does exactly what it claims, Easy to use, Records whatever is playing on your computer speakers regardless of where it is coming from ie., Windoze Media Player, Browser, even system sounds (be careful while recording music - I advise turning off system sounds in the mixer before recording), Did I say easy to use, and straightforward? Not cluttered with a lot of needless settings, Just does the job. When I purchased online with a credit card, the email with my license code to unlock the full features (record more than 3 minutes of audio) came promptly, and registering my copies of the program was easy.
I wish there were a way to stop one recording and start another seemlessly with ONE mouse click. As it is, it can be done in two.
Worth the price - does what it claims without a lot of fuss. Good program for those who do not have a lot of windows experience, or my fellow "minimalists".
I'm a frequent user of Pro Tools in my work, but have always required a program to lodge itself between my soundcard and outputs before the digital to analog conversion and this appears to do precisely that. I've used other programs before and none have had any stability whatsoever. Audio Record Wizard on the other hand goes beyond what you would expect without flooding the user with unnecessary additions. It is a simple audio recorder; any features offered are there to aid the user in their recording and have obviously been developed from use and experience. This also rings true in the settings window where every attribute of your mp3, ogg or wav can be set to your needs (including a choice of VBR, ABR or CBR mp3) and all features can be easily configured. It even has a brilliantly executed file name system. It seems to work with Windows 7 seamlessly, incorporating all audio inputs detected in windows.
This software is not just aimed at those who want to digitalise their LPs or record an extract from a radio station - it more than satisfies the further advanced audiophiles with a simple, easy to use and inviting interface with every configuration you could want. For a few dollars (or pounds in my case), it's a great deal too.