How to record digital streaming audio

All praise is to Allah, the most merciful and kind. Peace be upon His messenger Muhammad, the final prophet, who was sent with the truth which he conveyed un convoluted. Blessing be upon the companion of the prophet who preserved his message and conveyed it far and wide for all time.

The best and most effective way of learning is in person where the teacher/speaker crafts the message optimised for your need. However, this is not always possible. Historically, the individuals would learn in person and then teach their family members by refocusing the pertinent issues. Nowadays with the busy schedules, this also has become difficult.

In recent era it has become possible for us to listen to lectures and sermon through analogue receivers1 or live streams from home. This is great for those unable to go to the venue and want to listen immediately.

However, the challenge for many is time and perhaps access to the equipment or internet. Lots of people are preoccupied at the time of the lecture and there is no guarantee that somebody will be recording it or if it will be made accessible.

So the question arises, can I record the live stream and then listen to it later? Yes, it is possible

Solution

One of the simplest program to record streaming audio is Soundtap. However it is a paid software. See below for equivalent free alternatives.

The advantage of SoundTap is that when you leave it on, it only records if there is any sound or else it shuts and comes back on when there is audio again. Suffice it to say that this saves me using a timer, worrying when the lecture will finish and saving hard drive space.

The process is fairly simple for SoundTap.

  1. Open the webpage where the streaming will occur (ensure no other audio is running or being inputted)
  2. Open SoundTap, click the start recording button
  3. Click stop recording button to end recording

To determine where the audio file is to be found, click the options button to open the options menu. Under recording, click the button […] corresponding to recording folder. Select your desired location.

To set the output format, press CTRL+O to open the options menu. Under recording, click the dropdown list and select mp3/wav. Output in mp3 format is smaller and more supported, however, wav format may be better for audio editing later. I prefer recording speeches in mono rather than stereo which can be changed in change settings under channel encoding mode.

Free alternatives

MP3myMP3 is a free alternative among others. It may even be considered better but requires some tinkering. Audacity is also fine but it has no silence detection.

In using MP3myMP3 make sure to click silence detection and set the input to Stereo mix and then press record.

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Muhammad Saifur Rahman Nawhami
London, UK
11 Jumada II 1435
11 April 2014

  • 1. Insha Allah, in a future post, I will write how to record and digitally capture audio from an analogue receiver and output device
Date (AH): 
11/06/1435
Date (CE): 
Friday, April 11, 2014
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