Suppose you are listening to Pandora or Spotify and you hear a song you absolutely love. Someplace you have a program that will record audio, but where did you put it? Finally, just as the song is ending, you find the program and wait while it starts up. By the time the program is running the song is finished, and unfortunately the next song is horrible.
Or suppose you are listening to an internet news broadcast or podcast, and you hear somebody say something absolutely critical to something you are involved in. You try to find a piece of paper and a pencil so you can write it down, but by the time you find them you’ve forgotten the exact words.
Looking for a time machine so you can jump back a few minutes and capture that audio?
Power Record can record, on a schedule you set, anything your computer can hear including internet radio. That’s not a surprise, there are other recording programs that can do that. However, Power Record has a unique feature called Song Grabber. With Song Grabber, you can avoid the usual problem of hearing something great on internet radio and saying, “I wish I had recorded that!”. You can use Song Grabber and capture the audio that you heard that you want to keep! It’s like a time machine that allows you to go back in time and save the sounds you just heard.
How can you use SongGrabber? It’s simple. Here’s a picture of the program, with a circle around the Song Grabber controls:
Note that the top button says, “Disabled”. If it says, “Enabled”, click on it to disable Song Grabber. That will allow you to set the recording parameters when you enable Song Grabber.
Now, click on the Disabled button, and you will get the following dialog box:
It is important to get the settings in this dialog box correct, or you may have some problems with your time machine not working the way you would like it to.
In general you will want to set the record device to be either the default record device or the sound card in your computer. External USB devices generally do not pick up internet audio.
Setting Record Quality determines how much space the recording will take on your hard drive. It may sound like fun to set it for CD quality, stereo, for an hour, but the file you will be creating will take up over a gigabyte of space on your hard drive. That may not only take up a lot of hard drive space, it may slow things down. Keep the Grab Length reasonably short, and, if you go for CD quality, you might decide to use either mp3 or WMA so that the file takes up less space.
Once you have set the time and quality of the recording, hit Start and you are on your way. The recording being created will keep the number of minutes you have set for your Grab Length. When you exit Power Record you will be asked if you want to save the recording that has been made by Song Grabber.
What if something happens and you realize you really want to keep not only the Grab Length, but everything following? Very simple- hit the “Keep” button. Power Record will keep adding everything from there on to the Song Grab file. When it is time to stop recording, hit the Stop button. Power Record will save a copy of the file it has created, usually to the \Music\Power Record Files directory. If you wish to change that, go to File->Preferences and click on Save Location. You can store the files anyplace that you want to on your computer.
It’s pretty cool to have a time machine sitting on your computer! We think you will enjoy it a lot.
A note- it’s fun to record things on the internet including Skype and Google phone calls, but make sure you are not violating privacy or intellectual property laws when you do it. In many locations you need to let the other party know that you are recording a phone call or conversation.
by Tom Jeffries, Chief Blazing Officer at Blaze Audio
Tom is a former professional musician who has been running companies that develop audio software for 35 years. He studied with Charlie Schlueter as principal trumpet Minnesota Orchestra for four years. Charlie Schlueter went on to do 25 years as principal trumpet with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Tom also played principal trumpet for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and principal trumpet for the San Jose Orchestra.