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Using VLC to capture & save an audio stream…

I haven’t tried this before, but I think I have it figured out. In the interest of preserving and sharing what I’ve learned, here are the steps I used to save an Ogg-Vorbis audio file from an “.asx” listen-now type of stream link:

 

Right click on the “listen now” link. Select “copy link location” or similar.

Open VLC.

Open the media menu, select “Convert/Save”

Select the “network” tab, and paste the copied link into the network url field.

Click the Convert button at the bottom of the window.

In the “Convert” dialog box that pops up, type in the name of the file you will be creating, including the standard file ending, such as .mp3, or .wav, or .ogg.

Select the appropriate profile in the settings section, depending on the type of audio you want. If you want to hear it as it downloads, check the box that says “Display the output.”

Click the start button, and you should see the stream buffer up a bit, and you’ll hear it play (if you checked that option), or you’ll see the progress indicator advancing on the VLC player.

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Posted by on February 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Convert Stereo to Mono in Audacity

It is not terribly obvious in Audacity as to how to convert a stereo file into mono, but it is easy. Open the stereo file. It will show up as two tracks that are tied together. On the top left of the first track, you should see a little “x”. Just to the right of that, you should see your file name, with a little drop-down arrow beside it. Click on the arrow, and then select “Split Stereo Track”. This will separate the two tracks. Click the drop down arrow again, and select “Mono”. Now, you will need to click the drop-down arrow for the second track, and select “Mono” for it as well. Finally, go to the main “File” menu of Audacity, and click “Export”. Here, after filling in metadata such as album, date, etc., you will be given the opportunity to change the file name, choose a destination folder, and what type of audio format to convert to. If all goes as planned, you should see a warning that the two tracks will be mixed down to one mono track, and when you OK it, Audacity will make the conversion and save the file.

 
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Posted by on April 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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