Integrating Technology in the Second Language Classroom

Jean LeLoup & Bob Ponterio 
SUNY Cortland 
© 2017
Digital Sound Recording First things first: the simple stuff Digital vs. analog Windows built-in multimedia accessories

In Windows 7 or 8 or 10, the microphone levels will likely need to be adjusted through the microphone properties. You may have to tweak the settings (sound levels) in the microphone properties tab (Microphone boost and Microphone level) to find the level that works best for your devices and environment.

Note that if you are trying to adjust the levels but you are still not getting any sound, you might be adjusting the wrong microphone!

Note that you can also record the sound being played by your computer (for instance rom an online radio program). For this you need to enable the Stereo Mix frature in your sound recorgind options.

USB sound recording devices

Other personal recording devices

Sound Recorder

Adobe Audition (high quality but expensive)


There's an App for that.

Your cell phone could be used for this function as well. There are lots of free sound recorders that turn your cell phone into a digital voice recorder. One example is Hi-Q MP3 that has lots of useful features. Paired with a utility like AirDroid that provides wireless file transfer between phone and computer over the Internet, or by using utilities such as Google Drive to transfer the files wirelessly, one can quickly capture audio without any significant setup time or need to configure the computer microphone properties. The sounds can then be transferred to your computer without having to connect a wire. hi-q



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