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In my last post, I walked you through how to do a simple audio recording using Quicktime Player on the Mac. For those of you that prefer that ‘other’ operating system, let’s look at how to do the same in Windows. Our application of choice for this will be Sound Recorder, an audio recording utility that is included with Windows.
Select the Start Menu and All Programs to expand the options.
Select Accessories and Sound Recorder. The Sound Recorder application window appears.
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Select the Start Recording button.
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When you’re ready to end your audio file, select the Stop Recording button. The Save As window appears.
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Enter a name for the audio file in the File Name field. Be sure to name it so that the purpose of the file is clear. For example, include the grade, subject, and specific test. Navigate to the location in which you want to save your file, and select the Save button.

Your file is now saved, but it’s not ready to be sent off quite yet. Because the file is a Windows Media audio file, it won’t play on the testing iPods. So, we’ll need to convert it to something that will.

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Unless you have something you currently use to do this kind of conversion, I’d suggest using media.io, a free online tool.

In your web browser, go to media.io. Use the Select Files to Upload button and then select your saved audio file from the file browser.

Select MP3 for Output Format, Normal 128 kbit/s for Select Quality, and the Convert button.

The converted file is saved to your browser’s default download location, and is ready to email or upload to your test administrator.

Now that we’ve covered how to create basic audio files on both Mac (Quicktime Player) and Windows (Sound Recorder), we’ll dive into some more advanced programs that provide greater recording control and editing functions: GarageBand and Audacity.

See you soon!

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I’ve had several questions about the best way to create an audio exam, so I’m going to share a few different methods you can use. For this first post, we’ll be looking at how Quicktime Player can be used to create a basic audio file on the Mac.
Apple’s built-in Quicktime Player application does a ton of cool things beyond playing video files. One of these added features is recording audio. Here are the basic steps to recording your audio exam (or any other audio file) using Quicktime.
New Audio Recording
Open Quicktime Player from your Applications folder.

Select New Audio Recording from the File menu.

The Audio Recording window will appear.

Audio Recording Window
Select the record button from the center of the Audio Recording window to start your recording.
Stop Button
When you’re done recording, select the stop button in the center of the Audio Recording window.
Play Back
Your file is now ready to be saved. Press the play button to listen to your audio file, if desired.
Save Dialog
Enter a name for your audio file. Be sure to name it so that the purpose of the file is clear. For example, include the grade, subject, and specific test.
Your file will be saved to the location specified in the save window (your Desktop by default) with the .m4a file extension. You can now email the file or save it to your OneDrive account to be shared with the testing iPod administrator.
In our next installment, we’ll take a look at how to use Sound Recorder to create a simple audio file in Windows. After that, we’ll dive into an advanced recording option for each platform, starting with GarageBand on the Mac, followed by Audacity in Windows.
Happy recording!
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