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    Is it possible to use the in-built microphone (or external mic) as an input to recording sound on the hard-drive (then burn to DVD or CDRom)?

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    It's possible Gary, but the results will be dreadful.
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    It's possible, and the results need not be bad if you use a reasonable microphone. CD quality should be easy. Does Microsofts "free" recording programme still limit you to 30 seconds? There will be plenty of usable software around.

    The results will be better than using a tape recorder then connecting that to the computer for digitising and making the CD or DVD.

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    For best results get yourself a proper external microphone and a copy of audacity which is an excellent audio editing ap for PC. It is reviewed in this months NZ PC World Magazine.

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    Hi Gary

    I agree with the above comments but I use a little known feature in Nero. If you have this, use Nero Wave Editor. This will not only manage the recording but you can use it to clean up. Then record to CD/DVD.

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    Generally a laptop should be fine for use in audio recording and editing as long as you have the right software and a good microphone.
    Depending on your budget
    Adobe do Audition which does virtually everything under the sun.
    http://www.adobe.com/products/audition/

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    Out of interest what are you thinking of recording garyasta?

    This info would help


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    Hi All

    Thanks for the feedback. I do have Nero Wave Editor and will take a look at the other suggestions as well.

    The project revolves around accumulating historical anecdotes relating to the area that i live in, as my wife and I hope to operate a forest homestay business on our bush property out in the sticks in the Herekino (Northland) region. If the recording process is suitable, I would like to also record the birdsong that we get here as well. I'm not expecting to be able to be that ambitious though!

    Thanks to all who responded.

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    If you have a very good quality microphone- possibly a uni directional one then I would imagine that the recorded sound should be very good. Remember, quality sound in - quality sound out. Then the only other limitation comes down to the software.

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    I use "Polderbits", which I paid for. Have this on our PC and recently downloaded "Audacity" on the laptop. Sometime (over the next decade probably) will do a comparison between these two programs ! May get back to you on this (eventually !)
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