Recording your voice in the Language Labs

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Note to German students: Although your instructors have taught you how to use Audacity, do not use it in the lab. Sanako Media Assistant produces a good file for your class.

These instructions apply to all computers in the UF Language Labs. If you are working in Turlington 1317 or the Little Hall labs, the software can be used on the desktop. If you are working in the Turlington classroom (1341) , please ask the lab assistant to be sure that the instructor station is active and has the Sanako Lab 300 open.

If you are recording a dialogue or conversation among several people, use the Turlington 1341 lab at a time when no class is in session. Sit in the front row, and ask the lab assistant to link your computer stations from the console. Each linked station can make a recording of all the dialogue spoken in the headsets on all the computers, provided Sanako Media Assistant is open on all of them.

If there are only two people recording, you can plug two headsetsinto a single computer. Please return the extra headset to the original computer when you have finished.

You are welcome to save the file to the desktop and email it to yourself or upload it to the course online.

Some instructors want files saved in a folder on the shared Crossroads directory. You should see a link to Crossroads on your desktop. If you don't see it, restart the computer. If it still does not appear, ask the lab assistant for help.

To record:

Open the Sanako Media Assistant.

Go to the Options menu. Select "Properties.... File." Be sure that either "Student track" or "Both tracks" is selected (not "Program track").

Click the red "speak" button on the Media Assistant and let it record you until you have finished. Then press the square "stop" button.

You can play the audio back by using the green "play" button.

If you are pleased with the first part of the recording, but you want to re-record the rest, you can place the slider at the point where you want to re-record and then press the red "speak" button to finish.

If you want to try a whole new recording, you can start a new one by going to the File menu and selecting "New."

To save your file:

  1. Go to the File menu, and select "save as."
  2. Find the appropriate place to save the file, on the Desktop or in the Crossroads directory accessed via your desktop.
  3. The default file format is .mp3. Do not change this unless your instructor has asked for a different file type.
  4. Name the file. Give it a name that is not too long and does not have spaces or punctuation. Be sure it is a name your instructor will recognize.

When the file saves, you will see a little box that says ENCODING. Do not use the computer while the file is encoding.
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Don't close the Media Assistant. If you have made a mistake, it can be fixed but not after you close the Sanako player.