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5 applications to record sermons on a PC

Last year I shared details of 5 applications you can use to record sermons on a Mac. I’m still using Wiretap Studio, and it still comes highly recommended.

I’ve been asked what I’d recommend for a PC. This is a bit tricky, because I don’t use a PC! However, I’ve crowd-sourced advice via Twitter, and here are some recommendations for PC users (based on what other churches are currently using).

  1. Audacity (recommended yesterday in PC Advisor)
  2. Sermon Recorder
  3. HarddiskOgg
  4. Wave Pad Sound Editor
  5. Sound Forge Audio Studio

Any other suggestions? I’ll add them here as they come in:

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  1. joelpj

    February 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    Audacity is my preferred. It might be worth adding a link to simple recording techniques. I’m on my mob atm so don’t have any for ya

    There’s nothing worse than bad sound quality

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  3. Andrew

    February 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    We use Audacity running on Ubuntu at Merrylands Anglican, and it took us a few weeks to determine audio quality vs file size to work out the best balance for us.

    All we do is run compresssion of 3:1 over the entire sermon, normalise the sound level to -0.1dB, and then run a noise removal filter over the file.

    Once that is done, we save a high quality version for backup purposes, and a web quality file. The backup file is about 30MB for 30minutes and the web file is about 10MB for 30minutes.

    I might do a comparison blog post in the near future.

  4. Sam P

    February 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I used to use audacity, which was great for all the editing features it has and was my personal favourite, but it is not known for ease of use. We currently use RecordPad because it has all the features we need (automatic naming, format flexibility) but is extremely simple. For something with editing features, I would probably choose Audacity still instead of WavePad.

  5. Eric J

    February 18, 2011 at 2:32 am

    I’ve never used it but i’ve heard that quicktime pro can be used as an audio recorder.

  6. Sam C

    April 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I’ve switched from Audacity to HarddiskOgg recently.

    If you want speed, stability, and ease-of-use for non-techies then HOGG wins over Audacity.

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