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    Audible.com => Total Recorder Settings

    I am hooked on using Audible.com 'aa' files, re-recording them through Total Recorder Professional version, and then listening to them on my phone. I record in five minute segments. However, some of the segments are extremely distorted. Here are the settings I am using:

    MP3 encoder: Lame
    Sample Rate: 22050
    Constant Bit Rate : 96
    Normal Quality


    Any suggestions about what settings to look at?
    John H. Boyd

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    Looks like your sampling rate might be low. Try 440000 or 48000 Hz if either of those is an option to you. I use a similar tool for re-recording WMA files into MP3 called Absolute Recorder. It's a freeware utility that would also work with Audible.com. Basically records "What you Hear" from your sound card digitially to a .WAV file which can then be converted with a utility like dbPowerAmp to MP3 for listening on your 7135.

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    Originally posted by Skiier__Dude999
    Looks like your sampling rate might be low. Try 440000 or 48000 Hz if either of those is an option to you. I use a similar tool for re-recording WMA files into MP3 called Absolute Recorder. It's a freeware utility that would also work with Audible.com. Basically records "What you Hear" from your sound card digitially to a .WAV file which can then be converted with a utility like dbPowerAmp to MP3 for listening on your 7135.
    I'll try adjusting the sampling rate. Total Recorder has a free version, but the Pro version lets me set the segment lengths, and leave them that way, and both record directly to MP3, saving a lot of time.

    Thanks.
    John H. Boyd

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    Well, changing the sampling rate didn't change the distortion. Any other suggestions appreciated.
    John H. Boyd

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    I've never had much success recording from a source directly to an MP3. I only have a 1Ghz Celeron and it won't do it in real time. It will peg the CPU to 100% and as a result, you get clipping and poor quality from the recording. I've always done my recording as two step process -- to a .WAV first and then to MP3. It really doesn't take too much additional time -- there are some programs around that will automate this two step process.

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    Originally posted by Skiier__Dude999
    I've never had much success recording from a source directly to an MP3. I only have a 1Ghz Celeron and it won't do it in real time. It will peg the CPU to 100% and as a result, you get clipping and poor quality from the recording. I've always done my recording as two step process -- to a .WAV first and then to MP3. It really doesn't take too much additional time -- there are some programs around that will automate this two step process.
    I am not recording from a 'Source' to an MP3. I am playing an MP3 and re-recording it in 5 minute segments.
    John H. Boyd

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    Originally posted by JohnBoyd
    I am not recording from a 'Source' to an MP3. I am playing an MP3 and re-recording it in 5 minute segments.
    I pretty much have zero experience with this, but it seems that re-recording an mp3 would definitely result in a loss of quality.

    It's my experience, however, that any mpeg file (and this includes mpeg layer-3) can be chopped up into smaller files, and these smaller files are still playable. So just search for a freeware file splitter (or an mp3 file splitter, if you can find one, but I've only found commercial ones, priced around $20), and figure out the size of a 5 minute segment, then split the file. If there's enough interest, I could whip up a quick file-splitting program, maybe even customize it to read the bitrate and determine what the file size should be.
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    Would be nice if file splitting is all that is required, but apparently the 7135 requires bit rate of 96-128. Anything outside that range is liable to lead to wierd stops in the middle.

    I think I may have had the recorded volume set too high, there by causing the distorsion. I am playing with that setting right now.
    John H. Boyd

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