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    Using My MacBook As A Dictation Machine
    Hi to everyone

    My first post here, so sorry if this has been mentioned in the past

    Ok, I want to use my macbook as a dictation machine with the option of recording normally by means of start and stop and also more importantly voice activation.

    I'm using it to take notes at lectures, but I don't want the hastle of buying a dictaphone and transfering data from that to my mac, I've got a really good external microphone and would like to use this instead of the inbuilt one on the macbook.

    I need the files to record in mp3 or wav format.


    I've had a really good look around on google but cannot find what i'm looking for, I don't mind paying for the software, but open source sounds better.

    Thanks

    Jarre

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    If you are looking for simple recording programs, you could download audacity for free...

    I don't have it, but you can also upgrade to quicktime pro and record audio from there.

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    jarrelook,

    Welcome to the Mac Forums!

    I agree with Thedspeth about Audacity - I've used it with the Mac microphone to make a recording of older tapes on a small tape recorder and it did a great job. Best thing is it's free. I don't know about stop and start recording, but with Audacity, you can just let it run and get everything as you speak it. Of course when you transcribe it, you'd have to listen to all the blank spaces as well as the spoken dialog in real time...

    I hope you can find what you're looking for.

    Good luck, Noel

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    jarrelook,

    Here's a program that might help you, take a look. It's free to try and only $10 to buy: http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Audio/recorderxhead.shtml

    Noel

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    Thanks guys for the info, I will try both out and see which is best

    Thanks very much, good forum this is

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