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Creating enough space for your recording

Look again at the Sound Recorder window:

Sound Recorder Application

The black box with the green line is a small window to show how loud the recording is, and the general shape of the sound waves. To the left of the black box there is a box showing the "Position." This is simply a referece to how many seconds of the recording have been played. To the right of the black box there is another box showing the "Length." This shows the total length of the file that is loaded in the Sound Recorder. Since we have not opened a file and have made no recordings, the length shows 0.00 seconds for now.

Sound Recorder only records one minute at a time. Click on the "Record" button, which appears in the bottom right corner and has a red dot. You will see the "Position" box counting the seconds as they pass by. The "Length" box will change to 60.00 sec. Sort of like this:

Sound Recorder Recording

Let the recorder continue running until you reach the end of the 60 seconds. The recorder will automatically stop at that point. The application should look like this:

Sound Recorder after 1 Minute

Since 60 seconds is not long enough to record most hymns, you need to find a way to extend the length of the recording. There are two simple ways to do this:

  1. You can save this blank recording as "OneMinute.wav." To do this, open the "File" menu and choose "Save" or "Save as." Navigate to the directory where you want to store your file and give it the name "OneMinute.wav." Now go to the "File" menu and select "New." This will take you back to 0 seconds, but be patient with me. Now comes the good part. Go to the "Edit" menu and select "Insert File..." Find your "OneMinute.wav" file and double-click on it. Now your recording is 60 seconds long. Go to the "Edit" menu again and insert the OneMinute.wav file as many times as you need to provide space for the MIDI file that you are going to record.
  2. If you don't want to save the OneMinute.wav file, you can extend the recording one minute by keeping the position slider all the way to the right and clicking on the "Record" button again. You will have to wait one full minute while it adds that minute, but it can be done. You can repeat this as many times as you need in order to enough space to record your MIDI file.

The first method is usually quicker, especially after you have already stored the OneMinute.wav file.

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