What's new in this version
Audio Notes Recorder now offers you higher recording
through 16-bit sampling. Pay attention to bit-depth parameter when
creating new cassette files for recording. Older versions of the
program did not have it because they could only do 8-bit sampling. Of
course, if you choose 16-bit sampling then the same length of recording
takes double space in a cassette file comparing to 8-bit sampling.
What was new in version 6.3
Compatibility with Vista's Sound and Volume Mixer dialogs
Vista handles audio in somewhat different way
previous versions of Windows. Most notably each audio program installed
on the computer got its own volume slider in Volume Mixer dialog. Audio
Notes Recorder is now fully compatible with all those changes so you
can use it on Vista computers without problems.
What was new in version 6.2
Sound effects available for export/send
When you want to export a recording or send it by
the program you can now apply sound effects at the same time. You
should simply enable "Apply Sound Effects" in the Export Options dialog
you get at the beginnig of the export/send process. Please note that if
none of the effects is enabled then this option will not be available.
Run without tray icon
If you want to run Audio Notes Recorder without its
being placed in the tray area of the taskbar simply enable "Run without
Tray Icon" option that is available on the General tab of the program's
What was new in version 6.1
Live control for sound effects
This version of the program allows you to change sound
effect parameters during playback. Simply bring up the effects dialog
(Settings - Effects - Controls, or directly through Alt-F keyboard
shortcut), change parameters you want and click Apply for
What was new in version 6.0
Playback sound effects
Four sound effects are now available for playback:
equalizer, flanger and pitch. Each effect has its own controls and
parameters. To access them simply click Settings and choose an effect
from the list of Effects. You can use any number of effects at the same
What was new in version 5.9
Split message option
This is a new option of the message editor. It allows
you to split a message in two or three parts depending on positions of
cut markers. So, usage is pretty much the same as when you are making
cut-outs, but with this option nothing is discarded, the message is
just replaced with two or three messages derived from it. To access the
message editor right click on the ticker area of the program's front
panel and choose Edit Message.
What was new in version 5.8
Appending messages from one cassette file to another
To access this new option right click on the ticker
area and choose Rearrange Cassette. Then click on Append to Existing
Cassette, choose a target cassette file and click Save. Of course,
before appending you can rearrange the source cassette file, delete
messages, merge or change their order. After appending is completed the
program will automatically open the target cassette file and position
you on the first appended message in it. The source cassette file will
What was new in version 5.7
8KHz and 48KHz sampling rates
Two new sampling rates are available when creating a
new cassette file. Low quality 8KHz sampling rate is to be used when
the most important thing is to keep the cassette file as small as
possible regardless of the sound quality. Also, this sampling rate has
to be used with some microphones that would otherwise produce bad
recordings. On the other hand, with 48KHz sampling rate cassette files
end up six times bigger for the same length of recording, but those
could be very useful as input for some speech recognition software.
What was new in version 5.6
With this option you can increase/decrease the signal
level of recorded sound. The available range is from -100% (total
silence) to +100% (double the input signal level). Please note that
this kind of amplification is artificial so depending on the input
signal it can come to degradation in sound quality if peaks get cut
off. To access pre-amplifier right click on the program's icon in the
system tray, choose Settings/Options and go to Recording tab.
What was new in version 5.5
Automatic message division when exporting/recording
When exporting messages you can now tell the program to break them in files with maximum length that you set in minutes. For example, if you are exporting a message of 40 minutes and want to break it into 15 minutes files then you will get three files as a result, first two 15 minutes long and the last one with remaining 10 minutes. The option is available for all six file types that the program can create on exporting.
You can also enable "break message while recording"
option within recording settings, set maximum message length there and
the program will automatically create new message during recording
whenever current message reaches that limit without recording
Sending attachments through default email client
For sending attachments the program will no longer use
its own direct connection with SMTP server. Instead, it will open new
message dialog directly in your default email client and attach the
file there so you can send the message like any other email and have
the ability to keep it for later reference or use.
Mixing balance control
This is an improvement to mixing messages option
introduced in the previous version. Now you can also set mixing balance
to give one of the messages you mix more "weight" in the result you get.
What was new in version 5.3
Audio Notes Recorder is now improved to allow unattended scheduled recordings. That means you can create a scheduled task to launch the program at some moment in the future, start recording from selected sound source, then also stop recording and exit the program. Various recurrence patterns are also available and all this was made possible by adding special program control interface so another one of our programs called Smooth Program Scheduler can talk to Audio Notes Recorder and automate its actions.
True, to use this new feature you need to have one
more program called Smooth Program Scheduler that is specialized for
scheduling automated tasks. However, good news here is that that
scheduling program is completely free. You can download Smooth Program
Scheduler from its homepage
and be ready for action soon after installing it on your computer. For
detailed instructions on setting up a scheduled recording please refer
to help files in Smooth Program Scheduler.
Using this option you will be able to mix two recorded
messages into one new message. To access the option right click on the
ticker area of the program's front panel and choose Mix Messages. Then
just select messages you want to mix and click Ok. Before clicking Ok
you can also click Test to hear what you will get as the result.
What was new in version 5.2
Transcription playback mode
This unique operation mode is designed to make
transcribing recorded material easier. With option enabled playback
first goes for some time, then it pauses automatically and finally
rewinds a little bit to start a new cycle. The idea is to minimize
interaction with the program while transcribing. You can adjust all
parameters for this mode so with some experimenting you should be able
to find the winning combination - in ideal case you would just start
the playback once and type everything in a single pass.
Temporary folder location
While the program is working it has to create some temporary files. By default, those temporary files are saved to the same folder where cassette files are saved. Now you can change the location for temporary files and set it to either temporary folder used by the Windows itself (system) or any other folder you want (custom). Setting a custom folder is a good option when you have additional hard drive with plenty of free space.
What was new in version 5.0
What was new in version 4.0
Support for OGG Vorbis sound file format (export and import)
OGG Vorbis is an audio compression format that is roughly comparable to other formats used to store and play digital music, such as MP3, VQF, AAC, and other digital audio formats. It is already supported by many sound programs and you are now able to export and import sound files in this format with Audio Notes Recorder, too. Export to OGG Vorbis does not depend on any external programs/codecs and it will work for all sound qualities available in Audio Notes Recorder.
What was new in version 3.5
Among previously available options, right clicking on Audio Notes Recorder's icon in the system tray will allow you to select the Loop Message option. This option, when selected, will make ANR automatically play the same message over and over again.
Enhanced Export Cassette
Now, when you choose to export the cassette file, you will have the new option of having each message within the cassette file exported as a separate sound file, in addition to having the entire cassette exported as a single sound file. Exported sound files will be automatically numbered.
What was new in version 3.4
Separator Sound selection (cassette export)
Settings/Options dialog includes new option to choose your own sound separator WAV file. This option affects a whole digital cassette export only when there is more than one message to export. You can also choose to stay with default sound separator or not use sound separator at all.
What was new in version 3.3
Use Windows/ANR Volume Controls Switch
Settings menu includes an option to bring up Volume Controls utility. This version of the program gives you a radio buttons pair to choose which Volume Controls utility program should bring up when that option is used - Audio Notes Recorder's or Windows's. Radio buttons are located on the Settings/Options dialog. Default choice is Windows Volume Controls.
If Audio Notes Recorder's Volume Controls utility is selected you will get access to all sound card volume controls (playback and recording) at one place. Number of available sliders depends solely on the installed driver. However, some drivers could cause problems with this feature, so if you have problems with Audio Notes Recorder's Volume Controls utility you have to switch back to using Windows Volume Controls.
What was new in version 3.2
Instant Rewind / Playback Pause Rewind
This option is designed to make transcribing messages easier. First you set the parameter "Instant and Playback Pause Rewind" available on Settings/Options dialog to the desired time offset. Just enter zero (0) if you do not want to use it.
Then each time you release Playback Pause the program will automatically rewind the message for that time offset and continue with playback.
Additionally, there is a new Off-Focus shortcut (Down Arrow, see Available Shortcuts dialog, Off-Focus Mode tab) that gives you the opportunity to Instant Rewind your message on-the-fly during playback without stopping it.
On Stop Rewind (for digital cassettes only)
Extended Off-Focus shortcut Keys
New shortcut keys available in Off-Focus mode are: Rewind, Forward, Volume Up, Volume Down, Play Faster and Play Slower. They will give you more control over the program when working in other programs.
Ticker still mode
If you find scrolling ticker annoying you can now turn scrolling off by selecting None as scrolling direction. Right click on the ticker area to find Direction parameter.
What was new in version 3.0
Export to MP3
Export to MP3 is available in two ways: one is standard export to MP3 sound file and the other is export to stand alone executable (EXE) file containing both a little player and recorded material compressed in MP3 format.
Note: Export to MP3 is available on conditional basis as it requires Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer3 (MP3) codec to be already installed on your computer. Also, if you are going to use Export to MP3 in EXE option, please bear in mind that the same MP3 codec has to be installed on all computers that are to play that EXE file.
What was new in version 2.1
What was new in version 2.0
User Defined Maximum Cassette Size
Note: This option is not available on Windows 95 computers.