are at a meeting or lecture there is always that problem of
absorbing all information presented. For that reason having
an audio recording that you could play back later and which
is accompanied by some text notes seems like a good way to
deal with the situation. It certainly guarantees that nothing
important is missed and more complicated things understood
We have created two specialized programs based on the same
premise. In general, we wanted to provide a solution where
one could record the entire meeting (or lecture), add some
text notes and get everything in a single file that is easy
to transfer and archive.
At this moment, difference between Minutes of Meeting Recorder
and Lecture Recorder is in the number and purpose of text
fields provided to accompany a recording. So, to keep things
simple we will talk just about Minutes of Meeting Recorder
here, but everything said applies directly to the other one.
As soon as Minutes of Meeting Recorder is started it is
ready for action. You can type in meeting subject, date and
place. Other fields provided in the program are for listing
present people, meeting's agenda, actions and closure. Note
here that it does not matter when (or if at all) any of those
text fields are filled out, you can start recording right
away. Also, you can save and name a meeting file at any moment
(except of course during a recording) and the program will
prompt you if you try to exit it without saving.
For successful recording you just have to select the correct
sound source on your sound card. Pay attention to the signal
animation line on the program's audio panel. It should show
activity during a recording. If it stays flat then you should
know that nothing but silence is recorded.
If you are recording through a microphone, which is most
likely the case when attending a meeting or lecture, you
might also need a special type of microphone to do the job
properly. If a standard microphone does not work for you,
look for some specialized microphones designed for conferences.
We certainly recommend try-before-buying approach here as
there are many types of microphones with different price
The program offers you the option to make a recording directly
into compressed OGG audio format. The compression is performed
on-the-fly during a recording so meeting files end up smaller.
If you need just an audio component of a meeting file the
program allows you to export it to WAV or OGG format directly.
Exporting to MP3 format is possible providing that the program
finds the necessary codec on your computer. Your text notes
are also available for exporting to rich-text-file (RTF)
format that you can open in other programs (e.g. MS Word).
The program is equipped with a special transcription playback
mode (do not mix this with voice recognition). The idea is
to minimize interaction with the program while transcribing.
In this mode playback first goes for some time, then it pauses
automatically and finally rewinds a little bit to start a
new cycle. With all parameters configurable in ideal case
you would just start the playback once and type everything
in a single pass.
Notes on other programs
- Audio Notes Recorder and Claudio are
only sound recorders, you can not type text notes to keep
them together with recorded material.
- If you insist on 16-bit stereo sound then try Claudio because other programs work only with 8-bit mono