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PressF1 User
28-06-2003, 10:23 PM
How to remove the recording time limit in Windows sound recorder which is set at 60 seconds? I would like to record as much as possible so obviously this time limit is very restrictive. Any help would be appreciated thanks. I am using Windows XP Pro.
Regards PF1 :-)

Term_X
28-06-2003, 11:31 PM
go here www.goldwave.com

download the latest version of goldwave and you can record and edit wave files and set preferences such as length of recording etc

peace

PressF1 User
29-06-2003, 12:49 AM
Ok... well I did some looking and found references on a few sites on how to increase the time limit by 60 increments. However the Microsoft site gave me the extra information on how to 'use the extended length of recording time automatically' (each time) which was what I was really after. I've copied it down here because I'm sure some other forum users will benefit from this information as well.
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To increase the maximum recording time in the Sound Recorder utility:
1. Make sure that you have installed a functional microphone, and then start the Sound Recorder utility.For additional information about how to troubleshoot problems that you may have with your microphone connection, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
266677 How to Troubleshoot Microphone Issues
2. Click Record, and then let Sound Recorder run for 60 seconds.
3. After Sound Recorder stops recording, click Save As on the File menu, and name the file Blank.wav.
4. To increase the maximum recording time in Sound Recorder, click Insert File on the Edit menu, and then insert the Blank.wav file that you saved in step 3. When you do this, the maximum recording time is increased by 60 seconds. You can repeat this step once for each additional minute of recording time that you want to add. For example, for a 5-minute recording time, insert the Blank.wav file five times.

To make Sound Recorder use the extended length of recording time automatically:
1. Right-click Start, and then click Open.
2. Double-click the Programs folder.
3. Double-click the Accessories folder.
4. Double-click the Multimedia folder or the Entertainment folder.
5. Right-click Sound Recorder, and then click Properties.
6. Click the Shortcut tab.
7. In the Target box, press the END key, press the SPACEBAR, and then type the location of the Blank.wav file.

For example, if the target is "C:\Windows\sndrec32.exe", and the location of the Blank.wav file is C:\Blank.wav, the new line in the Target box is "C:\Windows\sndrec32.exe C:\Blank.wav"
The next time you start Sound Recorder, the Blank.wav file opens automatically. After you record your new .wav file, you can click Delete After Current Position on the Edit menu to remove the extra blank space in the file.

NOTE: When you finish recording and editing your new .wav file, save the file with a new file name.

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Information obtained from this Microsoft web site.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q82215

Term_X
29-06-2003, 01:08 AM
hmmm great stuff..i actually figured that out by myself but why go through the bother?.. thats why i suggested downloading goldwave, its a mere 400 kb and leaves sound recorder in the dust for ease of use. youre really just creating so much more work for yourself did you realise.. where as if you used goldwave..push record.. and youre away laughing literally

peace

PressF1 User
29-06-2003, 11:03 AM
Thanks Term_X
Yeah you're right about goldwave, its quite a nifty little beast.
I was rather curious about the limit imposed with Sound Recorder which is why I was looking for a way past it. Interesting decision for Microsoft to hold on to that limit even right through to the newer Windows XP operating system.
Regards PF1 :-)

Term_X
29-06-2003, 11:34 AM
heyas dude..glad u hooked onto goldwave. but youre right.. why limit the sound recording to 60 seconds at a time even in windows xp?.. i dont think theres anything sinister in MS doin that.. more perhaps theyre doin the comsumer a favor?.. you have to remember that in its default setting, anything saved in sound recorder is a decent file size..eg 1 minute is equal to 10 megs if i remember rightly .now if there was ni limit on how long you could record.. then the user could without realise it..start chewing some decent hard disk space, so 10 files at 60 secs each..and whoa..already you have 100 megs blown up. the typical sound recorder user..would probably b oblivious to this.. thats my spin on why theres the limit on recording!

peace

McGreggor
15-01-2006, 06:55 PM
You are all helpful in redirecting our question to a different software app. this is one solution. I also have an answer that doen't deal with rewriting the code to sndrec32. the original version put out on windows 3.1 (circa 1993) was capable of recording for an unlimited time. probably a dead end if you don't have access to that software, but i will soon (by march of 2006) have my old computer back and i will have it posted on limewire for transfer. It will have an obvious title, prob "vintage win 3.1 sound recorder".

then you can rest fat and happy with your dated recording software.

Neko Hibiki
22-02-2008, 02:54 PM
Ok... well I did some looking and found references on a few sites on how to increase the time limit by 60 increments. However the Microsoft site gave me the extra information on how to 'use the extended length of recording time automatically' (each time) which was what I was really after. I've copied it down here because I'm sure some other forum users will benefit from this information as well.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

To increase the maximum recording time in the Sound Recorder utility:
1. Make sure that you have installed a functional microphone, and then start the Sound Recorder utility.For additional information about how to troubleshoot problems that you may have with your microphone connection, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
266677 How to Troubleshoot Microphone Issues
2. Click Record, and then let Sound Recorder run for 60 seconds.
3. After Sound Recorder stops recording, click Save As on the File menu, and name the file Blank.wav.
4. To increase the maximum recording time in Sound Recorder, click Insert File on the Edit menu, and then insert the Blank.wav file that you saved in step 3. When you do this, the maximum recording time is increased by 60 seconds. You can repeat this step once for each additional minute of recording time that you want to add. For example, for a 5-minute recording time, insert the Blank.wav file five times.

To make Sound Recorder use the extended length of recording time automatically:
1. Right-click Start, and then click Open.
2. Double-click the Programs folder.
3. Double-click the Accessories folder.
4. Double-click the Multimedia folder or the Entertainment folder.
5. Right-click Sound Recorder, and then click Properties.
6. Click the Shortcut tab.
7. In the Target box, press the END key, press the SPACEBAR, and then type the location of the Blank.wav file.

For example, if the target is "C:\Windows\sndrec32.exe", and the location of the Blank.wav file is C:\Blank.wav, the new line in the Target box is "C:\Windows\sndrec32.exe C:\Blank.wav"
The next time you start Sound Recorder, the Blank.wav file opens automatically. After you record your new .wav file, you can click Delete After Current Position on the Edit menu to remove the extra blank space in the file.

NOTE: When you finish recording and editing your new .wav file, save the file with a new file name.

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Information obtained from this Microsoft web site.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q82215

I tried that. My computer kept saying it didn't have enough memory to do that with. Which is odd seeing as it's got 2.99GB on it with memory sticks. Does anybody know of a -free- recorder that's as good as Windows Sound Recorder, but without the time limit, let me know please? I'm gonna be using a male/male plug that will plug into the volume output and then into the mic in so that I can record the way the .mid files sound on my sound card and turn them into .mp3 files for use in certain other programs.

SurferJoe46
23-02-2008, 05:23 AM
I don't know why this is even an issue.

Just use Audacity...it does it all...and in stereo too.

beeswax34
23-02-2008, 08:27 PM
I don't know why this is even an issue.

Just use Audacity...it does it all...and in stereo too.

Its not an issue after 2 years :lol:

spaceman8815
23-02-2008, 10:45 PM
This is just another spam message, the spam link is in the signiture. :mad: even see their profile.

Chilling_Silence
23-02-2008, 11:57 PM
Actually, its just a link to an Anime fanpage.

Neko Hibiki, try Goldwave or Audacity :)

SurferJoe46
24-02-2008, 12:33 PM
Its not an issue after 2 years :lol:

It's not my fault..youse guys write the date oddly.

MONTH/DAY/YEAR is easier to read. Or MM/DD/YY is even more universal.

beeswax34
24-02-2008, 12:51 PM
It's not my fault..youse guys write the date oddly.

MONTH/DAY/YEAR is easier to read. Or MM/DD/YY is even more universal.

Well, I thought the format YYYY was understandable by everyone lol. Its pretty hard to mistake 2003 or 1985 with anything else.