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Need a .wav recorder for XTS voice announcements

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Elroy Jetson
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Need a .wav recorder for XTS voice announcements

Postby Elroy Jetson » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:20 pm

I do not currently have any program installed on my computer that will downcovert high quality audio formats to the 8K mono .wav format that
is needed by an XTS5000 with the voice announcement option.

If anyone could recommend a freeware program that will achieve this goal, it would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to use that feature of my XTS5000.


Elroy

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Re: Need a .wav recorder for XTS voice announcements

Postby n7maq » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:31 pm

Elroy Jetson wrote:I do not currently have any program installed on my computer that will downcovert high quality audio formats to the 8K mono .wav format that
is needed by an XTS5000 with the voice announcement option.

If anyone could recommend a freeware program that will achieve this goal, it would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to use that feature of my XTS5000.


Elroy


Here is what I use to create the files,

http://www.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php


When I was making my own ring tones I would use cooledit pro to change the bitrate. They had a trial version, I think they are now part of Adobe now though.

Jim

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Re: Need a .wav recorder for XTS voice announcements

Postby Elroy Jetson » Thu Oct 16, 2008 4:45 pm

I've tried that, and it's great, but the files are FAR too high quality. What do you use to downconvert them to the 8K spec required for the conversion in the radio?


As per the help in the CPS:


Wav files MUST BE less than or equal to 58 Kilobytes (in size) and saved as 8.0 kHz and 16 Bit Mono, and file names MUST BE limited to 32 characters including the .wav file extension. In 8.0 Khz and 16 Bit Mono, 58K is equivalent to a two to four second sound file.

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Re: Need a .wav recorder for XTS voice announcements

Postby Wowbagger » Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:00 pm

Elroy Jetson wrote:If anyone could recommend a freeware program that will achieve this goal, it would be greatly appreciated. I'd like to use that feature of my XTS5000.


I'd look into either Audacity or SOX:

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

http://sox.sourceforge.net/

Either of them will do what you want (downsample and downmix). SOX is great from a scripting sense as it is purely a command line utility, but if the command line frightens you, Audacity is a GUI program.

Both are available under Windows as well as real operating systems.
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Re: Need a .wav recorder for XTS voice announcements

Postby akardam » Thu Oct 16, 2008 5:51 pm

Elroy Jetson wrote:I do not currently have any program installed on my computer that will downcovert high quality audio formats to the 8K mono .wav format that is needed by an XTS5000 with the voice announcement option.

If you're running Windows, and since you're using CPS on your computer I'll assume for the moment that you are, then there is indeed a program installed on your computer that will downcovert high quality audio formats to the 8K mono .wav format that is needed by an XTS5000 with the voice announcement option.

It's called "Sound Recorder". In fact, if you'll read further in the same help file you referenced above:

The Help File wrote:The Channel Announcement Feature
(Glossary)

*snip*

1. Create audio/voice *.wav files:
- If you do not currently use an audio recording/editing program, be aware that every Windows operating system comes with the very basic “Sound Recorder” program that allows you to record and save a wav file. The Sound Recorder is loaded from the ‘Start’ menu’s > Accessories > Entertainment > Sound Recorder selection.

*snip*

Remember kids, the help file is your friend.

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Re: Need a .wav recorder for XTS voice announcements

Postby Elroy Jetson » Fri Oct 17, 2008 5:20 am

I'd forgotten about the built-in recorder. And it's just the thing! But I used Audacity to clip, stretch, and make level adjustments to the sound files first.

Elroy

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Re: Need a .wav recorder for XTS voice announcements

Postby PropellorHead » Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:51 am

I use iTunes and it works like a champ. Just change the import settings to 8khz/16bit/mono and you're good to go! Plus, it's free.

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Re: Need a .wav recorder for XTS voice announcements

Postby Elroy Jetson » Fri Dec 18, 2009 6:30 am

Noticed the date? The problem was solved 14 months ago. :)

But thanks for the suggestion.


Elroy


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