Ultimate Sound
Recorder - Record audio with consummate ease, then generate masters with just
10 clicks


Ultimate Sound Recorder Is Incredibly Easy To Use...


To give you some idea of just how easy Ultimate Sound Recorder is to use, here are a few screen shots… Firstly here is the main screen, with just 6 simple options to choose from.

Main
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Step 1: Record Your Audio

When you select “Start New Audio Recording Project”, the New Audio Project Wizard first asks you the name of your project.

New project name screenshot
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You are then asked the expected duration of your audio project, so that the wizard can estimate how much hard drive space you need.

Estimated recording time screenshot
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The wizard then

  • estimates the amount of disk space you need to record your project,
  • shows you how much free space is available on each of your hard drives,
  • defaults to the drive with the most available space, and then
  • allows you to select which one you want to use!
Drive select screenshot
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The wizard finally shows you where your project will be stored, which is one more decision you won’t have to make yourself!

New project finish screenshot
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Ultimate Sound Recorder then takes you straight to the Recording Level Sound Check screen, where you can get your recording levels set up just right before starting your real recording. Notice that you can stop recording and do an immediate playback, so you know exactly what your recording will sound like before you even start!

Sound check screenshot
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You can then start recording your project. Notice how simple and easy to understand the screen is. And best of all – big buttons so you can easily start, pause and stop your recording. No more fumbling to click on tiny buttons that you can hardly see, let alone click!

Recording
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Here are a few more of the “making it easy for you” features packed into the recording screen:
  • Your raw audio file is named automatically for you, based on the date and time that your recording started.
  • The number of files you have already recorded for this project, plus the total time already recorded, are displayed – regardless of whether you recorded them a few minutes ago, this morning or last week!
  • An auto stop feature, allowing you to specify the maximum recording duration or end time of the current recording session. Note that you can change or cancel this feature at any time, even one second before it is due to occur!
OK, that’s your recording taken care of, simply and easily… how about generating your masters?

Step 2: Generating your masters

From the main menu, select “Generate Audio Masters”, and then select your project from the list shown.

Select project screenshot
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The wizard then allows you to select your output media size, giving you straightforward options like “C60 Cassette”, “80 Minute Audio CD” and “Other” (where you can specify the exact maximum number of minutes required per audio file).

Select media screenshot
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The wizard then estimates the number of output files that will be created, and allows you to select your output file type.

Select file type screenshot
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Ultimate Sound Recorder can create audio files in the major industry-standard file formats – Wave, MP3 and Ogg Vorbis.

  • If you’re creating audio for Internet download, you’ll most likely use MP3…
  • For recording to cassette or burning to CD, you’ll probably prefer Wave…
But the good news is that you can easily produce both from the same set of raw audio files, with just a few clicks!

Click here for more information on using MP3
Click here for more information on using Ogg Vorbis

If you are creating Wave files, you can then tweak (or technically speaking, "resample") your recording audio quality settings if you want to reduce the size of your output files.

Audio quality
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To reduce the size of MP3 and Ogg Vorbis files, you can also adjust the “bitrate” of your output files. For audio that is to be delivered on CD as well as Internet download, you can easily create one CD quality set (128 kbps or higher) as well as another lower quality set (56 kbps or lower) – all from the same set of raw audio files!

Bitrate screenshot
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A technical note: Bitrate is measured in kbps, which stands for 'kilobits per second' – the number of 'bits' (or data elements) used to store each second of audio. A larger kbps number means that audio waveforms can be stored so that the original sound is recorded more faithfully, hence resulting in higher sound quality. But obviously this also means that your file sizes are larger.


The wizard then

  • estimates the amount of disk space you need to generate your masters,
  • shows you how much free space is available on each of your hard drives,
  • defaults to the drive with the most available space, and then
  • allows you to select which one you want to use!
Disk select screenshot
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As with recording, Ultimate Sound Recorder won’t allow you to select a drive that is too small!

The wizard then allows you to specify a number of seconds of file overlap. What does this mean? If you are creating more than one output file, Ultimate Sound Recorder can repeat the last few seconds of the previous file at the start of the next file, thus preserving continuity and making your recordings easier to list to!

Specify overlap screenshot
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Ultimate Sound Recorder then allows you to specify your output file name, defaulting to your project name. But naturally you are able to change this if you wish!

Enter filename screenshot
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The wizard finally shows you where your output files will be stored. Once again, you don’t have to make this decision yourself!

Output screenshot
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Ultimate Sound Recorder then proceeds to create your masters, all the while showing you useful status information so you can see how things are going.

Generating masters screenshot
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And that’s it! Now you can go get a cup of coffee while all the hard work is done for you!

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