Audio Recording Options

Note: With all of these options, once the files are created, they can be played on either a PC or a Macintosh.

Software

Availability

Platform

File formats

Comments

Audio Recorder

Free download:
http://versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/17392

Mac only

aiff, mp3

Easy to use; creates QuickTime movie

SoundRecorder

Comes with Windows

PC only

wav

Easy to use, but time limit for files is 60 seconds

PureVoice

Free download:
http://www.tucows.com/preview/205198

PC

Purevoice "qcp" format, wav

Creates very small files; can insert or overwrite in a file

Audacity

Free download:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net

PC & Mac

wav, aiff, mp3

Allows editing;
the most complicated

Praat

Free download
http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat

PC & Mac

aiff, wav, many others

for speech analysis and synthesis

For more information, see this Guide to Audio Formats:

http://www.beatsuite.com/page/96/


Robert Henderson Language Media Center, University of Pittsburgh
http://www.polyglot.pitt.edu/about/audio.html
Last revised: May 6, 2009