I use my daughter's laptop with the built in mic (no hiss or noise) or my laptop with a Sony mic plugged in. I take the recorded sound file which will be a ".wav" file and drop it into "Audacity" - freeware audio program to tweak the file. Then I export or save the file as an mp3.
- A quiet room - (no tv, phone or environmental noises, AOL buddy sounds!)
- Glass of water - to clean and clear the pallet from saliva based noises...sounds funny but they are recorded as well
- open "Sound Recorder" on the computer (Windows) Start>Programs>Accessories> Entertainment>Sound Recorder
- prepare a folder on your desktop to save the sound files to...ie. "POI Alerts"
- do a few test recordings to check levels (distance from mic to get a non distorted file AND , and your speaking volume as well as speaking cadence)
- listen to playback for articulation, listen for excessive "P" , "T" and "S"
- Record and save the wav file - speak clearly
- Drag and drop the wav file into "Audacity" - for editing
- Trim off any silent or un-needed space - from the end and the beginning
- Export the file as an MP3 - so it can be used by your GPS device
- Rename the resulting MP3 file to a corresponding POI file name