A two-week Test Match

One of the things that I absolutely love about my computer is the fact that I can record the “mix” stream from the computer – in other words, I can rerecord audio streams for my personal use (or possibly sharing with one or two people).

It all started with recording calls that I and some of my fellow scambaiters would make to scammers – though the first calls I recorded were calls that I did myself, in an interesting process where I did a stereo recording and I had my microphone in one channel and the scammer in the other channel.Ā  I didn’t post too many of my own calls to the web, but quite a bit of my recording work is out there for everyone to enjoy. šŸ™‚

I’ve also used this method to record a couple of songs from MySpace (until a site with all the songs available for download in MP3 format was found), and to even record some radio programs.

However, the program that I use, Audacity, has added a new feature where you can actually schedule a recording. I’ve used this feature to great advantage to record the ABC cricket broadcasts which, since they’re in Australia, can go as late as (as was the case the other day for the Twenty20 match at the WACA) 6:30AM my time.Ā  One day matches also have a tendency to run into the early morning hours when they’re day-night affairs (for example, the match at Adelaide today is starting just as I write this – for some reason the ABC stream is still in standby mode, but the Radio Sport stream is working, just with commercials – and will run until around 5:00 tomorrow morning).

I’ve also been doing the same thing with the test matches that were held a few weeks ago in Brisbane and Hobart against Sri Lanka. I’d set the timer to record from about 10 minutes before the start of a session and go for about 15 minutes after the session. If I wasn’t going to be around, I’d set the recording to go from the beginning of, say, the second session to the end of the day. I’d then go back and edit the file to remove (on weekdays) the lunch break and sometimes the tea break, and to chop off the end of the file after the day’s play had ended.

After recording a session, I export it to an mp3 file at 32kbps – which gives me a file size of around 30 MB for a full 2-hour session of test cricket.

Then, I will listen to it on my walks with my mp3 player (it’s actually an iPod nano – got it as a gift, and it will be leaving me for a week soon, as it will be on its intended itinerary). It’s something different to music and I like listening along and having a laugh with the commentators – I don’t know what it is, but if you want some good commentary, listen to cricket or baseball commentators on the radio, heck even football (gridiron) commentators get up to a good time. They even talk about the game from time to time. šŸ˜‰

At about an hour or so a day, and with some days where I’ll listen to the match on the computer as well, I got through the first test just in time for the second test to start. However, the second test took me quite a while to complete – I started it straight from the first day, but I didn’t get done with it until Monday afternoon, almost a full two weeks after the match had actually finished. šŸ™‚

I’m almost done listening to the Twenty20; in fact, I’m listening to that right now, with the Black Caps on 8-79, with the end of the match coming quickly; I’ve managed to not see the result of the match – however, that doesn’t mean I can’t get spoilt for other things while listening to the cricket – I heard the results from some of the V8 action at Symmons Plains, and was getting mildly annoyed, but I could understand so it wasn’t a big deal. Anyway the actual racing was much better than just hearing the results. šŸ˜‰

By the way, if you want to do something like this, you just need to see if you can record the Mixer stream. It’s found in your sound control – in Windows, that’s at Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Entertainment -> Volume Control. This is what it will look like when you start the program; you’ll have different things in your control panel –

Volume Control

To access the recording settings, go to Options -> Properties, which will bring up this window –

Properties window

Then, in the mixer device line, you will want to look for something like “Recording control” or, in my case Realtek HD Audio rear input, then click OK. The Master Volume window will change to the Recording Control window, which will look something like this (as with the Master Volume, I have the advanced settings option turned on) –

Recording Control

If you have something like “Stereo Mix” in your set of controls, then you can go ahead and do the same thing as I can, and possibly even have your own two-week-long test match. šŸ˜‰

Coming up tomorrow – how to upload these files to an FTP server (not really, but I will show you how to use an FTP program šŸ˜‰ )