RecordPad

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Description

Audio recording is a very common task that most of the PC users require at some point of time. While the built-in software does provide such functionality, they are often severely limited. RecordPad is a third party offering that provides many enhanced features for audio recordings.

Features

RecordPad features a widget style interface with traditional menu bar, an icon toolbar and button to start/pause and stop the audio recordings. Audio recording by RecordPad is done via WAV, MP3 or AIFF formats. The recording can also be activated via voice i.e. the recording only proceeds when there is a human voice. The recording in MPEG-3 codec follows a variable bit rate i.e. the bit rate of the recording can vary from 8 kbps to 320 kbps with CRC checking for data integrity and optional joint stereo modes. The recordings entries are saved and can easily be searched via various parameters such as format, date, duration and size. Audio recordings can also be sent over a either email or to an FTP server. Wave encoding is done in 6 to 196 kHz in PCM or any other codec for rich filtering.

Additionally, automation support includes the ability to run RecordPad and integrate with other programs with many command line options for professional users. Furthermore, hot key combination exists which can invoke any RecordPad functionality even from any other software the user is currently working on. The software features a very compact installer size of 650 KB and is available for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and Windows 8.

Comparison

On the Windows software ecosystem, RecordPad has many competitors. Audacity is a completely free tool for not just audio recording but also for audio manipulation/joining/splitting and applying various effects. It also supports scripting via Lua like language and is cross-platform as well. However, it does not support audio forwarding or hot keys support like RecordPad does. SoundTap is a similar offering though it only records audio being played through the computer’s speakers and records in MP3 but is best for streaming audio. AML Easy Sound Recorder is yet another alternative for simple use cases and provides much larger format support, which includes MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA or MP4 files. Some other alternatives worth comparing are Pistonsoft MP3 Audio Recorder (limited to MP3 format only) and i-Sound WMA MP3 Recorder Pro – with similar limitations.

Conclusion

RecordPad is a simple audio recording utility that does its job without too much fuss or chrome. The interface is dead simple to use. Hot key combos and powerful command line options mean that it is useful even for professional users. The software is extremely small in size and supports common audio formats with variable bitrates as well.

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