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Frequently Asked Questions about PDMarq Audio Recorder

1) How to make a recording?
1b) How to record from different sources, such as streaming Internet audio, line-in jack, or microphone? Why can't I hear the recording?
2) How do I schedule a radio recording with Task Scheduler?
2b) How do I schedule an Internet radio stream recording with Task Scheduler?
3) How do I eliminate noise, loud pops and crackles in the recording?
4) How do I find an Internet audio stream address in Windows Media player or RealPlayer or QuickTime?
5) How to make multiple scheduled recordings from different streams?

6) How to record two streams simultaneously?

Other questions? Please email: support@pdmarq.com

1) How to make a recording?
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If you didn't do so already, select a folder to save all your recordings. Do this by clicking the button as shown below to browse to any folder. After you select a folder, you don't need to repeat this step for the next recording. Your settings will always be saved whenever you make a change.

2) Select the quality for the recording. If you want the best quality for recording music, select "CD". It will yield the largest file of the 3 choices (Telephone, Radio, CD). If you need to create a small file, then select "Telephone", but remember, the quality will be low compared to "CD" or "Radio". You can also select Mono or Stereo depending on what you are recording. Mono recording will only record one channel instead of both the left and right channels. Mono recording is useful for recording AM radio stations.
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3) Select the audio source in the Recording Control. If you don't select the correct source, your recording will be silent.

To access the Recording Control press the Recording Control button (located at the lower right corner) on the PDMarq Audio Recorder.

When you select a recording source, and audio is present, the Left/Right volume level meters should fluctuate on the Audio Recorder. You can toggle the meters on/off by clicking them.

After pressing the Recording Control button, the Recording Control should appear (Vista users see below)...

To record streaming Internet audio, put a check in the box under "Stereo Mix". Some computers may say "WAV Out" or "Mono Mix" or something similar. If you want to record from the Microphone or Line-In jack, put a check in the corresponding box.

The Recording Control is also where you can adjust the audio volume levels.Static or hiss or other distortion can usually be corrected by lowering the volume levels in the Recording Control.

After you are done, close Recording Control by clicking the X in the upper right corner. 

NOTE: Your Recording Control window may not have all the choices as seen above.  To get all the options displayed as seen above, on the Recording Control window, go into the Options menu.  Then select Properties.   You should then see the Properties window...

Select the Recording option button. Then in the white box,  proceed to check off all the recording controls you would like to have displayed the next time you open the Recording Control window.

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Other ways to access the RECORDING CONTROL.

In Windows,
-Press Start button, then click Settings,
-click Control Panel
-open Sounds and Multimedia
-Select the Audio tab

Another way to access the Recording Control is to right-click the speaker icon in the system tray as shown here...

Then select Adjust Audio properties, and then press the Volume button in the Sound Recording section.

Windows Vista users: The Recording Control can be accessed by:
-Opening Control Panel
-In classic view, go to Sound
-Go to the Recording tab.
-Right-click anywhere in the blank white area of the window to display the Show Disabled Devices menu. Select Show Disabled Devices:


In the above picture, Stereo Mixer is currently unavailable. To enable it, right-click on it and choose enable.

4) Make sure you can hear the audio and then press the Record button to start the recording.. When you are done recording, press the Stop button.

5) Your recording will automatically be saved as "PDMarqRecording_<date and time>.wav". The recording will be saved in the folder you chose in Step 1. Go into that folder and play the recording by double-clicking the recording file. It will begin playing with your default media player. You can also play the last recording you made by clicking the Play button on the audio recorder.

 

1b) How do I record from different sources, such as  streaming Internet audio, or from the Line-in jack, or microphone?  Why can't I hear the recording?

If you can't hear anything when you playback the audio recording, it's usually because you didn't select the correct recording source (microphone, line-in, etc).  

To record from different sources requires you to open the Recording Control and change the recording source.   
To access the Recording Control press the Recording Control button (located at the lower right corner) on the PDMarq Audio Recorder.

 

The Recording Control should appear...

To record streaming audio, put a check in the box under "Stereo Mix". Some versions of Windows may not have the same words as "Stereo Mix". It may state "WAV Out" or something similar. If you want to record from the Microphone or Line-In, put a check in the corresponding box.

The Recording Control is also where you can adjust the audio volume levels.

After you are done, close Recording Control by clicking the X in the upper right corner.  You should now be able to press the RECORD button on the PDMarq Audio Recorder to begin recording.

NOTE: Your Recording Control window may not have all the choices as seen above.  To get all the options displayed as seen above, on the Recording Control window, go into the Options menu.  Then select Properties.   You should then see the Properties window...

Select the Recording option button. Then in the white box,  proceed to check off all the recording controls you would like to have displayed the next time you open the Recording Control window.

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OPTIONAL: Other ways to access the RECORDING CONTROL.

In Windows,
-Press Start button, then click Settings,
-click Control Panel
-open Sounds and Multimedia
-Select the Audio tab

Another way to access the Recording Control is to right-click the speaker icon in the system tray as shown here...

Then select Adjust Audio properties, and then press the Volume button in the Sound Recording section.      


2) How do I schedule a radio recording (from an external radio) with Task Scheduler?

1. Tune your radio to the station you want to record and make sure volume level is sufficient.

2. Make sure the audio cable is connected from your radio's headphone jack to the computer's line-in jack. If you use the microphone jack instead of line-in jack, the recording may not sound good.  Also refer to FAQ question #1 for help with selecting a recording source ie. line-in, or microphone, etc. For recording an external radio, you will need to set the recording source to "Line-in". 

3. On the PDMarq Audio Recorder... 

  •  Select the Recording Quality you prefer. 
  •  Select Mono or Stereo.
  •  Enter the number of minutes to record in the box labeled "Recording Length".
  •  Press the BROWSE button to select the folder location where you want your recording to be saved.

4. If you want to start recording the show immediately, press RECORD, and DO NOT FOLLOW ANYMORE STEPS. To schedule the recording for a later time, proceed to Step 5 and Step 6.

5. For scheduled recordings... Check the box for Start recording when Audio Recorder opens, then close the Audio Recorder.

6. Open Windows Task Scheduler by clicking the Windows Scheduled Tasks button in the Scheduled Recording section or go to the menu options at the top and click Schedule. Then click Add Scheduled Task. The Scheduled Task wizard will then take you step-by-step to select the time and day and frequency you want to start the PDMarq Audio Recorder. Once the Audio Recorder starts up, it will immediately begin recording and will stop after the designated amount of time you entered in the" Number of Minutes to Record" field.

NOTE: If Scheduled Tasks does not open by following the above directions, you can access it by clicking START, SETTINGS, CONTROL PANEL, SCHEDULED TASKS, ADD SCHEDULED TASK. 
 

2b) How do I schedule an Internet radio stream recording with Task Scheduler?

1. Enter radio stream address in "Internet Stream Address" box.

2.  For recording an Internet stream, you will need to set the recording source to "WAV OUT" or "STEREO MIX". Refer to FAQ question #1b for help with selecting a recording source.

3. On the PDMarq Audio Recorder... 

  •  Select the Recording Quality you prefer. 
  •  Select Mono or Stereo.
  •  Enter the number of minutes to record in the box labeled "Number of Minutes to Record".
  •  Press the BROWSE button to select the folder location where you want your recording to be saved.

4. If you want to start recording the show immediately, press GO to initiate the radio stream playing, and then press RECORD button, and DO NOT FOLLOW ANYMORE STEPS. To schedule the recording for a later time, proceed to Step 5 and Step 6.

5. For scheduled recordings: Check the box for Start recording when Audio Recorder opens and check the box for Start stream when Audio Recorder opens, then close the Audio Recorder.

6. Open Windows Task Scheduler by clicking the button in the Windows Scheduled Tasks button in the Scheduled Recording section or go to the menu options at the top and click Schedule. Then click Add Scheduled Task. The Scheduled Task wizard will then take you step-by-step to select the time and day and frequency you want to start the PDMarq Audio Recorder. Once the Audio Recorder starts up, it will immediately begin recording and will stop after the designated amount of time you entered.

NOTE: If Scheduled Tasks does not open by following the above directions, you can access it by clicking START, SETTINGS, CONTROL PANEL, SCHEDULED TASKS, ADD SCHEDULED TASK.  


3) How do I eliminate noise, loud pops and crackles in the recording?

You may have to adjust the different volume levels of your radio as well as the volumes of the line-in, or microphone, or Stereo Mix and WAV volume settings of your sound card to get a perfect recording that has no hiss or pops or other distortions. 
You can change different volume levels by accessing the Recording Control. (refer to question #1 to find the Recording Cotrol).   Because every sound card is different, you will need to experiment with what volume levels work best for your particular setup. 


4) How do I find an Internet audio stream address in Windows Media player or RealPlayer or QuickTime?

The PDMarq Audio Recorder will automatically launch the default media player after you enter an Internet stream address and press "Go". The following list will help you locate Internet stream addresses for some of the more popular media players.

Windows Media Player
File > Properties
Select the File tab. The stream address will be located in the "Location" section.

RealPlayer
File > Clip Properties > View Clip Info
On the Clip Info tab, the address will appear on the "File Name" line.

QuickTime
Window > Show Movie Info
Stream address is located on the "Source" line.

5)How to make multiple scheduled recordings from different streams?

The software was designed to make multiple recordings of the
same radio station or Internet stream. But there is a way to make multiple
recordings from different Internet streams. There is also a way to record
two different streams simultaneously.

Here how to make multiple recordings from different streams...
1) Make a copy the PDMarq Audio Recorder folder that's located within the
Program Files folder and rename the copy of the folder to "PDMarq Audio
Recorder2" (or any name you want).

2) Within the copied folder that you just made, run the "PDMarq Audio
Recorder.exe" and set the new Internet address along with all the other
settings.

3) Set the Task Scheduler to run the new copy of "PDMarq Audio
Recorder.exe" (the copy that's located in that new folder "PDMarq Audio
Recorder2".
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The second way to make multiple recordings from different streams....
Basically, you would create a Scheduled Task for the program "Internet
Explorer", then modify the task to include the specific Internet radio
stream address.

Here's how to modify the task, go into your Scheduled Tasks folder,
right-click on the task, and click Properties, then you should see the
window as shown below. Modify the "Run:" box to include the radio stream
address. Take note in the examples that there is a space immediately before
the website address. This is how you can have an unlimited number of
different Internet streams each with it's own Scheduled Task. Then you just
need to schedule the Audio Recorder to start recording.

example:
C:\PROGRA~1\INTERN~1\IEXPLORE.EXE http://news.radio.com/

example:

6) How to record two streams simultaneously?
-You need an audio player that allows you to move the volume to the left or right channel. Then a second audio player (playing a second stream) would need to have the volume set to the opposite channel as the first player.

-Start recording as you normally would and both streams will be captured.

-When you play back the recording, you will have two streams recorded in
one file. One stream on the right channel, one on the left channel. You just
need to move the volume balance to the channel that you want to hear.

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