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3.4 Sound Recorder

The sound recorder allows you to record your speaker's output, and thus sources like YouTube or similar.

3.4.1 Start and stop recording

Do one of the following to open up the recording panel:

  • Press Ctrl+R
  • Select WindowSound recorder from the menu.
  • Press and Hold Alt, then press W followed by R.
The recording panel will be displayed:
Recorder bar

Start recording by clicking the record button.
The button becomes red as you can see in the next screenshot:

Recorder bar when recording

The peak meter is filled with a colored bar to indicate the current loudness of the recording.

Click the record button again to finish recording. Soundpad will encode and save the recording and add it to your sound list.

Click the gear button to open up the recorder preferences.

The volume slider directly affects the recording volume, so it's recommended to leave the volume unchanged while recording.

3.4.2 Recorder preferences

You can access the recorder preferences by
  • clicking the gear button in the sound recorder
  • selecting FilePreferences from the menu and switching to the Recorder tab.

Save as

You can choose between M4A and WAV (MP3, FLAC or other formats may join this list in the future, but for now it's only the two).

WAV is an uncompressed audio format and takes a lot of space on the hard drive, but it doesn't require encoding or decoding. This makes the recording save process faster.

M4A is a compressed audio format. It takes considerably less space on the hard drive, while maintaining a very good quality of the original sound, but it requires encoding and decoding. While decoding is unnoticeably fast, the encoding takes some time, in particular for long recordings. The recording save process takes much longer than with WAV.

M4A is the default and recommended choice.

Independently of your system's rendering configuration Soundpad will convert every recording to a sample rate of 48.000Hz and the channels to stereo.

Insert position in sound list

Specify where your recordings shall be added in the sound list. You can choose between Beginning and End.

Automatically normalize recordings

This option is highly recommended, because the sound output on your speakers or headphones is amplified. The digital audio representation in the audio processing can be much lower than the perceived output. Recordings can be very quiet if this option is disabled.

The default value is 89 dB. This value equals -23LU, which is the demanded standard by the EBU 128 audio normalization recommendation. Higher values than 99 dB are not recommended, because they're very close to the limit and will lead to clipping and noticeable distortion.

Trim silence

When enabled, beginning and ending silence is removed from new recordings.

Maximum recording time

This is a protection setting, which can be removed by setting it to 0. Long recordings are buffered on the hard drive while recording. The buffered data is uncompressed and requires a lot of disk space. If you disable the setting, start a recording, get distracted and forget about it, then Soundpad won't stop recording until your hard drive (the partition, where the %TEMP%-directory is located) is full.

To get a feeling about uncompressed audio data size:
A stereo recording with a sample rate of 48.000 Hz and a duration of 10 minutes consumes almost 220 MB of disk space.

The default value is 300 seconds, which is equal to 5 minutes.

3.4.3 Recorder hotkeys

You can define special hotkeys to start and stop recording.
This is helpful if you want to record a sound while running exclusive fullscreen games or applications.

Learn more: Special Hotkeys

As of version 2.6.0 you get an audio notification when using these hotkeys. The recording will begin immediately after the notification sound was fully played, so it isn't recorded as well.