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Old 01-12-2007, 03:31 PM   #1
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How do you record a program onto your computer? I have the Sportster replay, and was curious what i needed to do this as i would love to record programs and put them into mp3 format. Thanks a lot!
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You need recording software, a home kit, a good signal (you might need an outdoor antenna), and a cable (1/8" stereo plug to 1/8" stereo plug).

You also need an open 'Line In' jack on a sound card or motherboard. A 'Mic' jack might work, too.
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Capt. Marco is right. I would recommend searching the web for "mp3 recorder" to find one that suits your needs. I tried a LOT of them before setteling on www.abyssmedia.com. I have since ditched that one in favor of a USB controlled Sirius Connect tuner (http://www.rush2112.net/ for the USB adapter) and a copy of Sirius Recorder (http://www.backpocket.com/sirius/ for the free software. A $20 donation will get you the scheduling plugin).

Before the Sirius Recorder setup I have now, I liked the abyssmedia mp3 recorder since it allowed you to setup several different scheduled recordings.
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to avoid the wires, there are also some programs that allow you to capture streaming audio-- im not sure what the sirius rules are or how they work, but here's a little bit of literature:
http://radio.about.com/library/wyntk...-streaming.htm
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What you could do (for $3) is if your soundcard supports the LINE IN port, all you have to do is go out and buy the 1/8th-to-1/8th stereo coord, hook one end to the LINE OUT to Sportster Replay and the other to the LINE IN, then use Audacity at http://audacity.sourceforge.net as a recording source for LINE IN, coupled with the MP3 encoder, and you have Sirius to MP3.
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http://mp3mymp3.com/

This one has timed recordings and mp3 encoder built in and its free. Its what I use. The only down side to this one is it is a memory hog. When your using it your computer will slow down.
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Here is what I use to do it

A sirius radio (of course), but, not necessary. You can do this with the internet Sirius subscription as well

A copy of software called "power Record by Blaze Audio"

A 1/8" stereo to 1/8" stereo cable (about 5.00 at your local radio shack)

And, thats is. Power record lets you schedule as many shows as you want, so, i record Stern everyday, I record different talk shows, comedies, twilight zone episodes,...etc...etc and take them to work with me so i can listen at a later time)

If you need anymore assistance, just let me know.
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I use "Replay AV" which cost me about $50 and automatically records a bunch of shows for me every day from Sirius, FM and AM. The beauty is you can just set it once and in addition to Sirius, it can record more than one show at the same time. It then automatically imports them into iTunes. I record Stern, Carolla, Leykis, Savage, Bennett, Samuels, Dr. Dean, Rodney On The ROQ, etc. every day and I simply update my ipod to the computer and have more radio than I can listen too, but it's nice to always have a choice depending on what mood I'm in. It records from the stations' internet feeds although how it gets thru the Sirius player's password and encrypted letters I'll never know.
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So, you mean replay AV actually gets thru the Sirius player's password and encrypted letters ? I wanted to try that software, but, I nevver thought it would get through that, so, I never even bothered. Now, you have me interested. Do you use any certain Replay AV package? I know there are quite a few.

One more thing, can you specify whether it not it uses the premium internet (Sirius) service or the standard ?

PLease advise, and, thanks again.

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So, you mean replay AV actually gets thru the Sirius player's password and encrypted letters ? I wanted to try that software, but, I nevver thought it would get through that, so, I never even bothered. Now, you have me interested. Do you use any certain Replay AV package? I know there are quite a few.

One more thing, can you specify whether it not it uses the premium internet (Sirius) service or the standard ?

PLease advise, and, thanks again.

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Gary,

Yup, it really does...and it works every time. I have no idea how, but if I am home at the time I can actually see the "tuner page" as it is tuning in. I did notice for the five seconds or so it is tuning in to a Sirius channel you can't use your keyboard...it's as if an invisible hand is typing, selecting the channels and typing in whatever is necessary at lightning speed. If you use the keyboard during those few seconds it overrides the software. The only downside is you can't record two Sirius shows that are on at the same time because it uses the soundcard for those...but you can record a Sirius channel and multiple AM or FM stations at the same time. You can also choose for each new show to replace the previous show to save space on your hard drive (not out of iTunes if you use that but out of Replay AV). I haven't used this feature and just manually delete them when I'm ready.

I purchased Replay AV but I'm pretty sure I could have saved a few bucks if I just bought "Replay Radio" since I don't have a need for recording any streaming video.

I'm no tech whiz so it did take me about a day or two to figure out how to use it to get it to work perfectly. The instructions are good but like anything else a little trial and error was necessary at first. When setting up recording for each show there's a fucntion where you have to check a box and type "60" for how many minutes after the hour you want to break it up; otherwise each show is on one mp3, and I prefer a four or five hour show to be broken up into hour segments to make skipping around easier. There's another function that lets you eliminate the news at the top of the hour if you want by eliminating the first 5 (or however many you choose) minutes at the top of the hour. There's also one AM station that I have to use the "record audio" (same as used for Sirius) rather than "download stream" choice, and you can only use the "record audio" on only one station at a time, but you can still download streams from other stations at the same time. And they've got hundreds of radio shows listed where you just select them to record but some links may be outdated; for example Phil Hendrie isn't even on any more and some stations must have changed their streaming address, but you can fix that easily by manually cutting and pasting the correct URL into the browser.

I have to say I'm a tough critic and I am 100% satisfied with this software. It never messed up even once, and only failed when the station's streaming was down but even then it keeps trying to connect during the show until it's fixed. The only issue I have now is I have too many damn radio shows to listen to! I had to eliminate some, like Bill Handel on KFI, simply because I don't have time to listen to them all.
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Wayne, thank you once again for your reply. being you got me so interested in this, i went and downloaded the trial, and, I am LOVING it. I have 2 questions for you (Then I will leave you alone and get back on topic.... I Promise

1 - How do you set your line input level so the recording isn't distorted? The only way i can see is by opening your audio properties and adjusting the volume slider for the WAV section in Windows.

2 - As far as Downloading Streams, I cant get that to work. Although, I have only tried it with Sirius Internet Radio. is that a feature that is not supported by Sirius ?

Wayne, thank you in advance for you help. You have been very VERY helpful.
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Wayne, thank you once again for your reply. being you got me so interested in this, i went and downloaded the trial, and, I am LOVING it. I have 2 questions for you (Then I will leave you alone and get back on topic.... I Promise

1 - How do you set your line input level so the recording isn't distorted? The only way i can see is by opening your audio properties and adjusting the volume slider for the WAV section in Windows.

2 - As far as Downloading Streams, I cant get that to work. Although, I have only tried it with Sirius Internet Radio. is that a feature that is not supported by Sirius ?

Wayne, thank you in advance for you help. You have been very VERY helpful.

I never had to adjust the volume or had any distortion at all, even when I first started using it. I don't remember if the trial version was fully functional because I bought it pretty quickly. To use the "capture audio" method, the help page has a link that explains how to download the free "enhanced sound card driver" which allows for near-perfect recordings with no volume setting required. It just took me a few minutes to install and the sound quality is excellent.

The "downloading stream" method works with almost all terrestrial stations but you have to use the "capture audio" method for Sirius or XM. That's why you can record multiple streams at the same time but only one Sirius channel at a time; a good analogy is on your computer you can have the iTunes and Napster websites open at the same time but you can't play two different songs at the same time. It's all about the sound card when you're capturing audio as opposed to just downloading a stream.

Even though I never had a problem with distortion or volume, your situation reminds me of when I first got it because there were other things that I figured out after a day or two of experimenting. For example, I got NO sound with the 'record audio' method until I installed the "enhanced sound card driver" from the help page, and I didn't know how to split the shows into 1-hour segments, and it took me a while to figure out how to keep the computer from shutting off after a few hours of what appeared to be inactivity, preventing future scheduled recordings. After trying a few things and reading the help page everything eventually fell into place. Good luck and feel free to PM me if you have any more questions (although keep in mind I am no tech whiz)! Once you got it down it's really easy to use for regular recordings or to set up new shows to record.
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I have been using 'Replay Radio' for over a year now and it works perfectly.
It can take either the Line In from my Sirius Radio, or tune in to the stream.
You just need to get a 1/8" cable from the LINE OUT of your radio, into your LINE IN at the back of your PC.

It will even connect to the stream automatically if asked to do so.

The distortion is a common problem. You get rid of it by looking at your Incoming Signal Bar on REPLAY (The blue vertical bar on the left of the screen) Make sure that it is not constantly slamming into the top of the column. If it is, then you have too much level. Just go to your computer sound control (CONTROL PANEL - SOUND) and turn down either the input level or the output level...until the Replay Blue Bar is averaging out somewhere in the middle. You will be fine after that.

Also, Replay can automatically convert your recordings into Book-Markable format for you IPOD and then export the recordings automatically to your I-TUNES Library, so they will be in your Ipod the next time you update.

REPLAY is definitely worth the $.
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I have been using 'Replay Radio' for over a year now and it works perfectly.
It can take either the Line In from my Sirius Radio, or tune in to the stream.
You just need to get a 1/8" cable from the LINE OUT of your radio, into your LINE IN at the back of your PC.

It will even connect to the stream automatically if asked to do so.

The distortion is a common problem. You get rid of it by looking at your Incoming Signal Bar on REPLAY (The blue vertical bar on the left of the screen) Make sure that it is not constantly slamming into the top of the column. If it is, then you have too much level. Just go to your computer sound control (CONTROL PANEL - SOUND) and turn down either the input level or the output level...until the Replay Blue Bar is averaging out somewhere in the middle. You will be fine after that.



Also, Replay can automatically convert your recordings into Book-Markable format for you IPOD and then export the recordings automatically to your I-TUNES Library, so they will be in your Ipod the next time you update.

REPLAY is definitely worth the $.

I agree except....why mess with a line out cable and external receiver when it makes perfect recordings from the internet? Also, the distortion may be a common problem for you but for whatever reason I have never gotten a distorted recording. I guess it depends on your computer set up or whether you choose to install Replay's enhanced sound card driver. Any way, I'm glad to see another Replay fan posting, I was starting to feel like a commercial....but it really does a great job
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Has anybody been successful scheduling programs to be recorded on the Premium stream? Seems that everytime you login to listen to Sirius it gives you the Standard stream first. Which in and of itself makes no sense.
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