Ian, two good programs I've found useful and are shareware are SonicFoundry's Acid, and CoolEdit. (Actually, Acid is supposed to be a fully functioning free version, but that's not totally true!) The link for Acid is http://www.sonicfoundry.com/download/step2.asp?DID=155 and the link for CoolEdit is http://www.cooledit.com/. You might need a bit more than what they offer, but for me they have worked fine. In terms of music format, when you record/rip/create music on your computer, it's stored in Microsoft's PCM format (*.wav). You can convert it to MPEG-Layer 3 format (*.mp3) to save space. Because you're converting from one format to another, you'll lose some quality, but usually it's not enough to notice to the untrained ear. There are a variety of programs to convert to mp3, but the one I use is Audiograbber. Again, the version I use is the shareware version, but it's unlimited time. The link is http://www.audiograbber.com-us.net/download.html. Download Audiograbber, and the Lame MP3 Dll. Install them both to the same directory. Then when you start Audiograbber, click on the mp3 icon, select internal encoder, and the LameEnc Dll. Then you can select what bitrate you want. The higher the bitrate, the better the quality, but the more the space required. For the most part, 192Kbit/s is recommended because that's close enough to cd quality, and the difference in sound w/ the higher bitrates aren't usually noticed. You can select also whether you want Audiograbber to rip directly to wav, or mp3, or what. If you want to convert a wav that's not ripped from a cd to mp3 (which you want to do), click on file, select make mp3, and select the wav file. (Make sure you select the bitrate and stuff the way I mentioned above). Anyway, these three programs work fine for me, so give them a try. Hiran >Message: 1 >From: "Ornstein, Ian" <IanOrnstein at NC.SLR.com> >To: "'thelist at lists.evolt.org'" <thelist at lists.evolt.org> >Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2001 16:36:24 -0400 >charset="iso-8859-1" >Subject: [thelist] How to record/ edit music to play on web >Reply-To: thelist at lists.evolt.org > >A friend has been authoring a text book. I suggested we could put it on our >organization's web site but he said he wanted >to add some very short singing to the pages. > >I have never, yet, experimented with any computer audio. > >What is the prefered format ( .wav , ???)? >What tools are available (for home hobbiest not professional ) >to convert/edit music from a cassette tape to a .wav file? > >I thought I might also burn a few CD's with this book >in web format and include an auto run. > >Suggestions please. > >- IanO - _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com.