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Recording Music!

Ok...  You've got the perfect music for Aibo, but Skitter won't open the file!   Gaa!

Unfortunately, there are dozens of sound formats, and Skitter only knows a few flavors.   What to do?!?!   Record it with Skitter's Wave Editor!

Use Windows Media Player (or whatever)  to play the original music, while Skitter records an AIBO compatible version.


Our goals in this tutorial are:

Let's get started!


1.0 Prepare Skitter for Recording

 
(1) 

Start Skitter.    Create a new skit, or open one from before.
New Skit


 
(2)

From the "Sound" Menu, click "New Wave".
    (creates an empty wave editor)


Sound Menu


 
(3)

Click the "Setup" button in the Skitter Wave editor.
Setup


 
(4)

Select the "Mix" sound source.   The actual name varies between computers. 

For example:
   "Wave Out Mix", "Mono Mix", or "Stereo Mix"

You'll probably need to adjust the recording volume, a little goes a long way.
Sound Source

2.0 Prepare Media Player

 
(1) 

Open the sound file you want to record in Windows Media Player
    (or whatever media program you prefer). 
Media Player


 
(2)

Pause the player before the interesting bit.
Media Player




3.0 Record the Song!

 
(1) 

Click "Record" in the Skitter Wave editor.
Record




 (2)
Quickly click "Play" on the media player. Clic kPlay




(3)
Once the song is finished (or you've captured the interesting bit),
   click the Skitter Wave "Stop" button.
Stop Recording


4.0 Check the Results

(1)  Click the toolbar "Play" to test the recording.





(2)
If the recording is too loud or quiet, the recording volume needs tweaking.    Click the Wave "Setup"  button again.    Adjust the volume & record the song once more.   Select "Undo" from the Edit menu to erase the last recording.
Setup




(3)
If only silence was recorded, the wrong sound source was used.   Click "Setup" and try another.   If your computer has multiple sound cards, select a different device in the "Setup" window.




(4) If the music is loud enough, but seems scratchy, it's probably fine.  AIBO's 8-bit audio tends to sound a little rough on PC's.





(5) Save it!   You're done!

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