Reviewed: Geetesh Bajaj
March 13th 2008
February 23rd 2009
Does it happen that you want to record a sound that plays on your system -- maybe a Skype conversation, or something off YouTube. Or maybe you just want to record something from a streaming radio, live podcast, or even a webcast that you are delivering.
It's easy to do this with liteRecorder, our review product.
Remember that some of these activities may or may not be kosher -- for instance it is a good idea to tell the person on the other end of the Skype phone that you are recording the conversation!
liteRecorder is from innoheim, a company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can learn more about these products, and download a trial version of liteRecorder here...
With liteRecorder you can record.
- Streaming and non streaming audio from your computer, web browser, media player, etc.
- Audio from microphone.
- Through an external audio device.
Here are some of the features of this product:
- Windows Vista Compatible.
- The audio wizard automatically detects your sound card for recording.
- Timed recording.
- Output file formats are WMA, OGG, WAV, and MP3.
- The recorded audio can be played on computers and MP3 players.
My contact at innoheim for this review was Calvin Moon - thank you, Calvin.
Download the installer, run the setup routine and follow the instructions. You'll end up with an innoheim program group in your Windows Start menu (see Figure 1 below).
Figure 1: innoheim Start menu Group
You can learn more about installation and settings on the innoheim site...
Follow these steps for a typical liteRecorder walkthrough:
- Go to your Windows Start menu and choose All Programs | innoheim | liteRecorder | liteRecorder (see Figure 1 above).
- This opens liteRecorder interface, as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: liteRecorder interface
On the left side of the interface there are three different recording modes, they are:
- Computer Sound Recording: this will record sound playing on the computer.
- Microphone Recording: this will record sound from a microphone.
- Custom Recording: here you can select your own device from where you want to record sounds.
- Audio Setting is for setting quality of the recorded sound.
- File Types: Choose from the four file types for the output format of the recorded sound.
- Timer Recording setup is for setting time for recording a sound at a scheduled time.
- Choose the options as required, click the Record button to start recording (refer to Figure 2 above). You will be prompted to provide a file name and location right after clicking the Record button.
- Thereafter, you will be presented with a message box (see Figure 3 ) -- click OK again to start recording.
Figure 3: Start Recording
- When the recording begins, you will see Pause and Stop button is activated in the interface, as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4: Stop Recording
Press the Stop button to stop the recording.
- This brings up the message box that you can see in Figure 5 -- to inform that the recording has been completed.
Figure 5: Recording completed
liteRecorder costs $14 for a single user license, and is available as a multiple user license product as well..
Support is through email, online FAQ , forum, and web tutorials.
liteRecorder is a simple application that opens up many possibilities -- the price is right too.
liteRecorder is also available as a "green version" that retails for $1 more -- innoheim donates a certain percentage of the profit to WWF to save polar bears and Arctic ecosystems. Based on their sales, innoheim has already adopted 2 bears since the program’s launch in 2007.