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Living Room / Re: Sound Recorder freeware - anyone?
« on: January 29, 2009, 05:32 AM »
I have started using Reaper lately & although it's not freeware it's more in the style of what students will be using in the real world. It handles all sound multitrack recording, Midi, VST & more if needed. It has loads of plugins available & Will install on a key drive easily...in fact it has a Start Menu item to automate this for you. The installed Reaper folder on the key drive comes in at 138Mb with 114Mb being tutorial video's...so your students can study at their own pace.
There are options to render the audio from the program which again is very much like a pro set-up (Cuebase, Logic etc) at which point they select the output file as "Audio CD Image" & Reaper will also ask if you want the file burnt straight to CD. Very handy.
Reaper has an evaluation period of 30days after which time they like you to buy a license...but the amazing thing is if you don't buy a license you will keep ALL the functionality of the paid version but only have to read a 6 second reminder every time you boot up. That is VERY reasonable of them. There is a great big PDF as a manual for free download & also a barebones online Wilk.
http://www.reaper.fm/
If you work in a schools the your head Council Tech Guy will have some ideas of programs & they may even have some licensed already or be prepared to buy something. I was witness to a computer teacher go from "knowledgeless" to having a fully operational school radio station in about 3-4 months which the help of someone at her local council (to deal with network issues etc).
I use CD Burner XP as I burn lots of file formats & it's drag & drop & I have set the program so my kid (11) can just click burn & put a Cd in it'll do the rest.
All the best.

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Am not a heavy user but I can highly recommend;

Foxmarks - If you use Firefox on more than one computer, you'll want Foxmarks. Install Foxmarks on each computer, and it will work silently in the background to keep your bookmarks synchronized. You can also log in to my.foxmarks.com to manage your bookmarks from any computer.

Adblock Plus - Ever been annoyed by all those ads and banners on the internet that often take longer to download than everything else on the page? Install Adblock Plus now and get rid of them.

Stop Autoplay - Disable the autoplay of the embedded music and movie. The users have 2 modes to choose:
1) Disable only the autostart of the embedded media. The users can press the play button of the controller to play it.
2) Block the media when loading a page. It will be replaced by a red frame. Press the red frame to load and then play it.
This extension can also convert the ie-only tag "bgsound" to "embed", and it can also block Flash media by a costumizable blacklist.

PDF Download - PDF Download relieves the pain experienced when encountering PDF files on the Web. Whenever you click on a PDF file, PDF Download lets you know before trying to open it, and then offers you choices such as downloading, opening, or converting it straight to HTML.

Download Helper - The easy way to download Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites.
This works also for audio and picture galleries.

sorry...I didn't post the links too...am pushed for time & it's my first time (but didn't mean to rhyme :-) but I will get it together. Hope that helps some people as Firefox truly rocks when you get it working to your needs.

Greivsy



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