Manipulate Fm Recordings

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Introduction: Manipulate Fm Recordings

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In this, the first in a hopefully very long line of excellent instructables from me, I will show you how to:

-Rename Fm recordings on your mp3 player so that they are easier to identify-you'll never delete a recording because you mixed it up with another one again!

-Use a completely free program you already have to convert these same files to mp3 or other format, to save space.

NOTE: You may have to synch these as mp3s after you convert. I didn't have to, but your mileage may vary!

I will use the Sandisk Sansa e250 for illustrative purposes.
Doubtless your player will have a slightly different file heirarchy, but I'll bet they'll be similar enough that it won't really matter for most people. When in the instructions I say Sansa, I just mean whatever your mp3 player is called, but for simplicity's sake I'll pretend everyone has a sansa. These techniques should work for voice/sound recordings you have taken with your player as well.

Step 1: Renaming Fm Recordings So They Are Easier to Use

I hope the pictures will clarify this step. When I say navigate I mean on your computer, not the Sansa.

-Connect Sansa

Via provided cord. Or wirelessly. Gotta love the wireless.


-Open up My computer. Navigate Sansa>RECORD>FM

-Right click fm recordings and select play with windows media player

-After you know what the song is (that's why I had you play it), right click again and select "rename"

-Rename the recording, remembering to name it "NAME.Wav" You'll need to use whatever extension the original file name ended with- I use the .wav extension as an example. I don't know if other players save recordings as .wav files or if they record in other formats. Don't forget the extension, though. It'll wreck it if you do!

And voila!Your recordings are now named and easy to work with! Never again will you get confused and delete the wrong one because the names are all so weird!

As I mentioned previously, this should work for audio/voice recordings as well.

Step 2: Converting to Mp3 Format to Save Valuable Space (Or, Memory Is Money)

-Connect Sansa

Via provided cord. Or wirelessly. Gotta love the wireless.

-On your computer navigate Start>All programs>Accessories>Entertainment>Sound recorder

I assume you don't need pictures for this.

-After sound recorder opens Navigate (in the sound recorder program) File>Open>My computer>Sansa e250 (or whatever you have)>RECORD>FM

-Select any one of your newly renamed recordings

-Navigate File>Properties

-Now select "playback formats" under format conversion

-Choose format and click "convert now..."

-Convert to any format you please. I recommend MPEG compression layer 3 (MP3), but that's just me.

Synch back to your Sansa as you would any other MP3, if neccessary, and enjoy!

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    You could try zooming up to make the words legible.

    4 gb but i got a Sd card that is 2 gb i got both of them on sale it was awesome

    You are welcome. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions. :-)

    Really well. My only complaint with the e250 is the scroll wheel; it becomes almost useless after 6 months to a year of heavy usage, because it just spins wildly. That and the fact that the black plastic is very prone to crackage when dropped. :-\ But I got a Zune, and have mixed feelings about that. So I'm thinking for my next mp3 player, I may go back to a Sansa model, one of the newer ones.

    Yes, you can just move regular files onto it and it will work like one.

    uh, how can i record the FM radio with my sansa? do i go to recordings? ill go try it now...

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    you go to radio and push the down key, scroll to recordigs and hit record now. i mainly use voice recordings. i play a video from you tube and put my sandisk to the speaker and record it. it's clear and no static.

    Did you read my other comments? I learned how to do it. Thanks for your concern anyway :P

    If your sansa has a built in FM tuner and recorder, there should be a record button on the side. Go to the radio station you want to record from, and then press the button. Or go to the radio, then go to options>recording. Let me know how it works.

    xD i tried it 11:45 last night. i cant get enough recordings of the music though. i got half of one song and two songs with the DJ talking

    Okay, try requesting songs, then recording them. :)

    i wish. dont get a cell hone till 3 yrs from now, and i onlt listen to mp3 at midnight (when everyone is sleeping) or at my bus stop (where i dont have a phone) plus, no one has songs i like. EX: What's That Coming Over the Hill?

    You can often email your requests-I bet you can set your computer to send your email later on, when you don't have access to a phone.

    hmm.. nice but i prefer something cheap like limewire xD

    oh i am soooo excited! look at the new thing i made!

    Limewire is: 1) illegal if you use it to share copyrighted material 2) ridden with viruses and trojans