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Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, a list of frequently asked questions is provided below. Please be sure to review this list, as it is very possible that your question has already been answered here. If the solution you seek is not here, please feel free to contact us.

General Questions

Q: Can I record an Internet broadcast through RealAudio?

A: Yes. You can record from virtually any sound source that is audible through the computer speakers, including Internet broadcasts with RealAudio for example.
Just make sure to follow these steps:

  • First start play-back of the Internet broadcast in the player you are using, like RealPlayer.
  • Wait for RealPlayer to start play-back. First it will download a couple of seconds of sound, before it starts play-back.
  • Then start the Free Online Radio Player Recorder and select the appropriate sound source.
    The names of the sound sources differ from one system to another, but the sound source for recording RealAudio play-back, is usually named Wave, Stereo Mix, What You Hear, or something in similar wording.
    The Free Online Radio Player Recorder will automatically select the appropriate recording quality if needed.
  • Start recording in the Free Online Radio Player Recorder.
    Optionally you can restart play-back in RealPlayer, to record the whole sound clip from the beginning.

Note that on certain computers you cannot change the recording quality to anything other than that of the sound quality of the Internet broadcast.
Also on certain computers you will get an error message in RealPlayer, about not being able to access the sound card, if you started the Free Online Radio Player Recorder before starting play-back in the RealAudio player. In that case the selected recording quality in the Free Online Radio Player Recorder window does not match that of the Internet broadcast and then RealPlayer cannot access the sound card for play-back. Just follow the steps explained above, to resolve this conflict.


Q: The CD's I create with your recordings play back on my computer, but not on my home or car player. What is wrong?

A: If the CD's cannot be played back on a regular CD player, then this can have several reasons.

The most common reason is that the CD was not created correctly with your CD-burning software. Most CD players require the CD-recording-session to be closed. For more information on creating standard Audio CD's and CD-recording-sessions, please refer to the manual of your CD-burning software.

Another possibility is that you created a Data CD with the sound files. This kind of CD is not recognized by regular CD players. Make sure you create an Audio CD instead and to "close the session" on the CD.

If none of the above applies, then try burning the CD at a lower speed. Burning at speed 1X instead of any higher speed supported by your CD-burner or CD's, causes a "deeper burn" which may work better on older CD players.


Q: Why is the disk full so quickly?

A: Sound files are very large files. Specially sound files that are suitable for making an audio CD take a lot of disk space, because they contain the information for two-channel (stereo) sound with a frequency of 44.1 kHz.

For each second of digital sound, you need approximately 172 Kb of free disk space. That is approximately 10 megabyte for each minute.
Please note that the actual amount of required disk space depends on the selected recording quality.
As soon as you have recorded the sound files on an audio CD, you can of course remove the files from disk again.


Q: How to convert my home study courses from tape to CD?

A: Many home study courses like language courses come with cassette tapes containing audible lesson material. Constantly having to wind and re-wind those tapes to find the right fragment can become very annoying and might even withhold you from completing the course.

Converting those cassette tapes to CD is the solution! On a CD player you can more easily jump to the fragment you need and also makes it easier to replay the same fragment over and over.

Record the tapes using the Free Online Radio Player Recorder almost like "record an Internet broadcast". Just choose the right audio source and then click "Record".


Q: How to select other audio source on Windows Vista?

A: Free Online Radio Player Recorder supports for recording audio from Microphone, CD Line, Stereo Mix etc. The Device tab on Free Online Radio Player Recorder shows a list of audio source. However, Windows Vista disable some devices of the less frequently used, when you are using Windows Vista, there may only shows 2~3 devices, such as Line In, Microphone, you can't find Stereo Mix, Aux Mix or others.

To show all recording devices on Free Online Radio Player Recorder Device list, please do following steps:

  • Launch Free Online Radio Player Recorder. If you have not installed, please click here to download.
  • Click Volume Control on Device tab. The Windows Sound dialog open.
  • Right click the recording device on the Recording tab, and then check Show Disabled Device menu item.
  • Right click the disabled device, and then click the Enable menu item.


Q: Which audio file type shall I select?

A: Free Online Radio Player Recorder is a direct and real-time audio recorder software which offers professional recording features, it supports for the following audio file format:

Wave format
Wave files usually contain uncompressed PCM audio data.

In some cases, it may be compressed PCM data in a format such as ADPCM, GSM or True-Speech.

Wave files end in the 3 letter extension .wav.

MP3 format
MP3 files contain perceptually encoded sound data.

The frequencies that humans cannot perceive are removed, although some audio purists say they can tell the difference between a high bit-rate MP3 and a Wave file.

A typical MP3 is 10 times smaller than an equivalent WAV file.

MP3 files usually end in .mp3. They are also used with .mp1, and .mp2 file extensions.

WMA format
WMA stands for Windows Media Audio. WMA files contain perceptually encoded sound data.

The frequencies that humans cannot perceive are removed, although some audio purists say they can tell the difference between a high bit-rate WMA and a Wave file.

A WMA file can be as much as 20 times smaller than an equivalent WAV file.

OGG format
OGG is a free and open standard container format maintained by the Xiph.Org Foundation for digital multimedia. The name OGG derives from ogging, jargon from the computer game Netrek, which came to mean doing something forcefully, possibly without consideration of the drain on future resources.

Designed for efficient streaming and manipulation, it contains raw compressed data (stores) and allows interleaving of audio and video data inside a convenient format. The OGG container format can multiplex a number of independent streams for audio, video, text (such as subtitles) and metadata. Its ability to be written and read in one pass has made it a natural fit for internet streaming.

OGG is also a free and unpatented format, so it is commonly used to encode free content (such as free music) and is supported by a number of portable media players.


Q: Can I record midi files as wave files?

A: Yes. There are several ways to play a midi file: Some sound cards are capable of midi synthesis through special on-board hardware. And a MIDI-player can play a midi through the sound card capabilities. A MIDI-player can play MIDI using software synthesis. The synthesis can be provided by the player (probably by a player's plug-in), or by special driver (e.g. Yamaha SXG). If hardware MIDI synthesis is used, you should record the MIDI in Sound board mode from a loop-back line (like "Stereo Mix", "Wave", etc.). If software MIDI synthesis is used, you can apply the both: recording in Sound board mode from a loop-back line, and recording in Software mode. In most systems, you can record midi either way.


Q: Why I can't record anything?

A: Please set the right recording source, for Recording from Winamp or stream audio from Internet, you must set recording source is "Mono Mixer" or "Stereo Mixer".


Q: Does Free Online Radio Player Recorder record from a microphone input?

A: Free Online Radio Player Recorder records anything that goes through the sound card on your PC.


Q: What is the maximum duration for recording with Free Online Radio Player Recorder?

A: We do not recommend making long, continuous recordings to a single audio file. Firstly, there can be a technical limitation to the maximum file size permitted. This is imposed by the file system used on the hard drive. For example, in a FAT32 file system on Windows there is a 4GB limit. However, most computers these days are set up with NTFS file systems and no such limit is imposed.

Secondly, there are a number of practical reasons why files of this size and duration are not helpful. It is very difficult to edit a recording of this size, and the file may in fact be too large to load into sound editing software. Plus if the audio file needs to be sent to a third party - as an email attachment, for example - it will be humungous, and will probably be barred by most mail servers due to its size.


Q: My hard disk crashed and I lost everything including Free Online Radio Player Recorder. How can I restore it?

A: We recommend you always download the latest evaluation version from our web site.


Q: Will the newer version of Free Online Radio Player Recorder override a previous version installed in my computer?

A: Yes. A newer version will automatically remove an older version, install itself, and then ask you to reboot your computer so that a driver in memory can be changed. If you install a newer version over an already existing install, all your settings (including scheduled jobs) are preserved.


Q: Why can't I see certain sound devices (e.g. Stereo Mix, Line In) in the list of sound devices under Vista/Win7?

A: We're getting complaints that our recorder doesn't work in Vista/7. It works but you need to set Vista/7 to use it.

By default, the only recoding input devices are Microphone and Line In which would mean that you can't record a sound played on your computer.

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In the Control Panel Classic View click Sound.

In the Standard View click Hardware and Sound.

Right click on a white space and select Show Disabled Devices from the pop-up menu.

Now you should see all the devices available.
Right click and select Enable for each device that you want to use.

To record sounds being played through a media player select the Stereo Mix control...

Click the Set Default button

You will have to change the default to use other devices as your input source.


Q: Can Free Online Radio Player Recorder be used on a 64-bit Windows XP or Vista/7 operating system?

A: Free Online Radio Player Recorder is full compatible with XP or Vista/7 64-bit.


Q: How can I hide Free Online Radio Player Recorder toolbar or can I uninstall it?

A: Please check our tutorial content about how to Hide or Uninstall Free Online Radio Player Recorder toolbar


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