Introduction: How to Program Audacity to Record at a Certain Time

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It is A quick Trick ,
use it to spy , to record a phone call or simply to record your history class speech while you're out

Using the popular Open-source app Audacity

let's begin

Step 1: Pre-Requisites

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Before Anything Else , Download And Install Audacity

Download It From HERE

Audacity is multi-platform , and it's free , I recommend , if you liked the program , to donate to the audacity Development team , so they give us updates and new functions like this ! .

And you'll also need a Microphone ,
If your Computer have Built-in mic , Procced to next step
If your computer have mic port but NO built-in mic , Proceed to buy a Cheap one such as Mine
if Your computer doesn't have a mic port Nor a built-in mic , Buy a usb Analog to digital audio Adapter , Such As an iMic or something like that And a microphone

Step 2: (optional ) Set Up Your Microphone

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Plug your microphone if desired or needed .

Proceed to next step when it's done

Step 3: Open Up Audacity

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Click The Audacity Icon , Wherever it is ... lol

Step 4: Crank Up the Mic Volume , Set the Input!!1

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Adjust the Input volume to a decent volume.
0.9 is recommended

Select your desired input , i used the internal mic

Step 5: Search and Chose the Function

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it is under the menu Tracks , Double click it ...

Step 6: Select Determined Start Hour and Duration

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A window may appear , prompting you when it will start and when it will finish ,

Also you can use the duration selectour instead of finish hour

Step 7: Let Audacity Do the Job for You

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When the Record time starts , audacity will automatically open another pop up window
indicating that it's recording , this may vary , since you progremed it .

Step 8: Listen Your (spy) Recording

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Now it's time to listen ,

I hope this instructable were usefull for somebody , Thanks for watching !

'Disclaimer' i'm not liable for what you hear... ;)

Thanks For watching


destructables28 (author)2009-04-13

this in Audacity portable???

hernanai (author)2008-03-29

Sweet, I can do this. -er... oh, oh wait... It's a Mac... Nevermind... I wish it was properly titled: How to Program Audacity To Record At A Certain Time On A Mac - Instructable. Meh...

acaz93 (author)hernanai2008-03-30


is Multi-platform ,Googlea windows version

hernanai (author)acaz932008-03-30

I know... but isn't the timer is only on a Mac?

acaz93 (author)hernanai2008-03-31

No'd , i've heard that timer is in the lastest (beta?)release of audacity

yep , only in the beta

wazupwiop (author)2008-06-19

one way to remove fuzziness is to record with an eyetoy. (it is for ps2) you can get it at walmart for 25 bucks. and u may have to adjust the speed cuz if ya dont ull sound like the chipmunks.

awoodcarver (author)2008-01-27

Interesting , I have looked at the program but have yet to Dl it ...Is it easy to use or will I have to get the 14 year old to add the old LP's and tapes to my computer? Can I filter out the fuzzy ness on the records with it ?

DjProToJeeX (author)awoodcarver2008-04-21

yes you can there is a pop and hiss removal tool through there site

acaz93 (author)awoodcarver2008-01-27

audacity is very basic , and easy to use , I actually don't know if it can filter out the fuzz but it can easily record anything , as long as you have the proper equipment

galenorama (author)acaz932008-02-07

You can filter out noise, go to effect menu, than click on noise removal. It works really well, just make sure to preview it.

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-01-27

Cool, but I wouldn't exactly call this a "hack" Great job

acaz93 (author)LinuxH4x0r2008-01-27

you're right , thanks

LinuxH4x0r (author)acaz932008-01-28

Its a cool trick, but I consider programming and soldering and modding "hacking" Still, its pretty cool (i use audacity and I didn't know this)

dchall8 (author)2008-01-27

If you set a ClocX alarm to launch your browser tuned to a radio station, then you could set Audacity to record your favorite radio programs. I've used Audacity for years and always wondered why nobody ever made a way to record radio like we can record TV with Media Center. I guess I had the tools all the time and never knew. THANK YOU. I had to teach my daughter that Garage Band was not the only software available to make podcasts. I find Audacity easier to use than GB but that could be my experience with A and basically none with GB. Certainly exporting to your favorite format is easer with Audacity.

joejoerowley (author)2008-01-27

Cool! I wish there was a way to hide audacticy when it is recording. Anyone know how?

acaz93 (author)joejoerowley2008-01-27

maybe , Minimizing audacity , or just turning off the monitor , or reducing brightness ..

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-27

Awesome job, I might try this soon, really good idea for my brother's band. +1 rating. (added to favorites)

John Smith (author)2008-01-27

FYI, you HAVE to have the beta version of this for it to work. Cool instructable anyways, though!

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