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SoundCapture

CNET Editors' review

We always appreciate completely free software, but this recording application lacks too many features to be more than a middle-of-the road offering. SoundCapture's interface is a snap to use, if a bit strange. When you start recording, you'll see a green display telling you it's twelve o'clock. However, you can't change the time or disable the clock. The color scheme also makes it tough to see some of the main window's wording. It's nice that SoundCapture gives you recording presets from sources such as a microphone, a CD player, and a line-in jack, but since the program lacks meters, setting the recording levels to avoid distortion is a tedious, trial-and-error process. We also missed a voice-activation feature, a full-blown scheduler, and the ability to capture audio in a format other than MP3. Still, if you don't have habitual or demanding recording needs and are short on cash, this program may be suitable.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 145 votes

    • 5 star: 81
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 35
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 145 votes

    • 5 star: 81
    • 4 star: 13
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 35
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  • 1.0 stars

    "didn't work and left me with a nasty key logger virus"

    April 20, 2012  |   By princess-sherry

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    none gets no stars from me

    Cons

    nasty virus

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Does what it offers"

    August 28, 2011  |   By rastaca

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    Basic sound capture

    Cons

    Not many if you are looking for a simple sound capture solution

    Summary

    Audacity can be used for sound capture, splitting, line level adjustments, etc. Still easy to use and more versatile.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't download unless yu love keyloggers"

    March 26, 2011  |   By flowerpixie

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    None unless you are looking to spend hours trying to remove a virus.

    Cons

    This software also comes with a file called unwise.exe which you must download in order to use it. The file is a keylogger that is also full of spyware. If you enjoy viruses this is the software for you.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not what I was looking for"

    March 4, 2011  |   By chuckg7usa

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    Was not what I was looking for

    Cons

    Was not what I was looking for. Could not capture sound from web/streaming source.

    Summary

    Seemed ok for what it would do. Did not try it's full capabilities since it was not a good match for my needs.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "They ruined this download!!! Forget it."

    February 7, 2011  |   By Ron Secoy

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    NONE

    I used to love this recorder & used it on 3 different computers. It made easy to record great sound qualty copies when I made home recorded midi orginals. BUT THAT IS NO MORE

    Cons

    Impossible to use, at download they force you to accept their tool bar etc. No longer a way to skip this. Either let them hijack your computer or end the download. I Used to be able with a couple clicks to get around that. Not now.

    Summary

    With this new download requiring you to accept them as your default for several purposes that have nothing to do with sound recording this is not worth trying. They took my favorite soundcard recorder that I used to play my master recording CD. throw my player and then make my copies to post on the internet and they made it not acceptable to download. So now I am forced to find something else.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't Uninstall!"

    February 2, 2011  |   By marlalovestyler

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    I don't know. Never even used it.

    Cons

    I can't uninstall it! Keeps telling me it can't find some installlog.exe file or something like that. Asks me to download ANOTHER program inorder to uninstall it. WHAT?

    Summary

    Don't download this peace of chit! Wish I could give it negative stars.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "would not install"

    July 26, 2010  |   By Sandbar

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    I'll never know.

    Cons

    could not get it installed on my new computer. Came up with a resource conflict.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Problem with Windows 7 (64-bit)"

    January 28, 2010  |   By spartain

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    None that I can see.

    Cons

    Crappy, kiddish, confusing interface. Shows access violation when started on Windows 7 (64-bit). Max recording quality only 128 kbps, no mono option.

    Summary

    A complete waste of time. When I tried recording, it claimed there was an error (in big glary green letters), for no reason at all, unless it's because it can't run on Windows 7 (64-bit).

    This has been put together by idiots that are too influenced by stupid glary computer games. Yet another piece of junk fron Cnet that is uninstalled straight away.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good Program"

    December 17, 2009  |   By Got_Ya_Looking

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    Loads faster and records at better quality than other audio capture programs

    Cons

    Well I get a error violation every time I open the program but still works... Also as explain doesn't have metering which is a bummer!

    Summary

    If they can fix these problems there would be no other program that could bet it! I like a program not on what it looks like but how well it works and how simple it is to use... Also I think it's pretty pointless giving an option to record lower than 128kbps the quality will be so compromised that there would be no need for it! So couple things I think would improve it would be offer metering to set ur level to about -3dB. Offer a choice to sample at 128, 192 and 320kbps or even offer loss-less WAV format.
    Overall not a bad program will record and do the job!!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Does not work on Vista"

    December 8, 2009  |   By beltrmd

    Version: SoundCapture 1.1a

    Pros

    No pros, could not get it to run, won't run on Vista

    Cons

    Need to make it compatible with newer operating systems.

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