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Old 19th February 2015, 09:49 PM   #1
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Default Scheduled recording software project

I would like to program a WIN-PC to automatically record 9 Church services through the week, and on Monday push the 9 files to a web site. Never done anything like this before. Only experience is with Audacity for editing existing files. What do I use to digitize an 80 minute service, and how do I start and stop it? Can I incorporate the built in Windows Scheduler to run everything? All inputs and ideas are welcome ( ... and needed!). Thanks.

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Old 4th March 2015, 06:06 PM   #2
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I believe you can use Audacity to record in stereo/ two channels. It has been a long time since I had to use it for class (recording arts / electronic music courses). I have used many of the major DAW : Protools 8HD-11, Logic, Reason 4-6, Record 1.5, Soundbooth CS3, Audition CS6 even the lowly Live and Audacity. I can recall no event scheduling provisions, however I have not looked for it. Soundbooth and Audition is targeted at "Broadcast" customers perhaps there is something in those programs. I have recorded concerts with 16 channels patched into our control room ( we had 4 rooms, dancehall, auditiorium and TV studio wired into our control room). At one point I think I left Protools HD recording for almost an hour. It crashed the system but the audio files were saved. Another time I left protools running for 30 + minutes with 6 channels recording - no problems. With a 64bit DAW and low sample rates and Broadcast Wave file saving you should be able to record rather large (long time frame) audio files. Your issue to deal with is file size, starting and stopping recording and file saving. Someone needs to be there. You can search maximum file size/ bit rate/ data usage to figure out your maximum recording times in a particular DAW.

I like Protools11 best btw. Reason second. But then I am a Music TEch. graduate.

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Old 4th March 2015, 06:17 PM   #3
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Soundbooth and surely the newer AuditionCS6 (really soundboothCS6) have provision to auto file save with every stop/pause of the recording via the space bar. New files auto named and saved as you just use a key stoke to pause momentarily. I used it to record a few recitals this way, getting just about every moment
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Old 4th March 2015, 06:39 PM   #4
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Good info. That gets me going with the names of programs I should investigate. Scheduling always seemed like the most difficult part of the project. I wonder if this requires writing my own code for scheduling and inserting some off the shelf MP3 library to do the conversion? If I can do that is simple C code it is possible. If I have to use a different language do you have any suggestions? Python, Java?

What are you learning in school? Do you recommend the curriculum?
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Old 4th March 2015, 11:14 PM   #5
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All of those programs are commercial except for Audacity. You are not likely to be able to code for them. Audacity is or say; was, open source. You may be able to program something along the lines of a start/stop "macro" if it has provisions for auto save. ...check out the forums for Protools. It is the most powerful and industry standard for professional and pro-sumer Audio production be it Video or Music, you may find a trick or two....

But I suspect you will find your self in this situation:

Hookup a laptop and quality interface to the mixing board of your event. And have someone stop the recording once an hour. Like the sound person on the mixer.... I am done with my studies. Protools certification and Music Technology ( recording/sound engineer) A.A.
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