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The Shtooka Recorder is the easiest and fastest way to record sentences for the Tatoeba Project.
You can use other free software such as Audacity, but it's much, much slower and requires many extra steps to accomplish the same thing.
If you can't use the Shtooka Recorder, and must use Audacity, please read Using Audacity to Record for the Tatoeba Project.
Alternate - Download the Swac Recorder (For Windows or Linux)As far as I know, nobody contributing to the Tatoeba Project has used this one.
(I think this is just a slight rewrite of the Shtooka program.) So far, I think I still prefer the Shtooka Recorder. However, maybe one of these will work better for you.
See a screenshot comparison between the Shtooka Recorder and the Swac Recorder.
- for Windows (XP, Vista, Win7, Win8), download the 32-bit or 64-bit binary
- for Ubuntu (13.10, 12.04): download the 32-bit or 64-bit binary
- for Fedora (20, 19), download the source package
You can't easily record long sentences with the Swac Recorder.
The following is from shtooka.net (July 22, 2011) and is used under the Creative Commons "By" license. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/fr/)
It has been slightly edited, mainly to eliminate non-working links.
The user pronounces the first word, then Shtooka Recorder automatically switch to the next word while saving the file.
This window demonstrates the settings that are relevant to the recording process. Let's review the way the program works.
This sets the time shown as a single block in the life "sound graph" diagram, and sets the duration for which "sound" or "silence" is determined. If you want a finer granularity, make it smaller; otherwise 0.05s is a good choice.
This sets the time to be included in the recording before the first "sound" is determined. It should not be less than "Block Length", and usually should allow a listener to shift attention to listening after clicking "playback". (This is the duration of left of the two hatched zones, #3)
This sets the time to be included in the recording after the last "sound" block. It can be used as a "buffer" of silence before another sound recording can be played. (This is duration of the right of the two hatched zones, #3)
This sets the time that the program has to wait after the end of the word (#6) to save it. If you want to record simple words, you can set it to 0.5s, if you are recording whole sentences, set it to 1s or 1.5s.
At the end of the word, if the total time is less than the "Minimum Length" the program will not save the buffer. This parameters can help you not to record parasite sounds.
This sets the #1 Level, the minimum loudness triggering the beginning of the word or sentence.
Sets the #2 threshold. Set it as low as you can. If this level is too high, the program will stop before the end of words!
This sets the #7 threshold. Try speaking very loudly into your microphone to determine the saturation level of your audio system, and set this parameter a little lower.