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As kindly advised by Almute & Andrew, recording of CI training and examining/ comparing is a good technique in self-training/ Tandem work. Plus, in order to locate better of my "missing information" as instructed by MSR, I want to have my interpreting and original speech played at same time. So I downloaded the said Audacity, trying to interpret and record. But I failed, and in my testing recording, I only found it acceptable to record first from microphone,save as a file, then import another audio file, and record them together, so the final file will present a dual track result (I'm not sure whether my term is correct, anyway, the sounds of two previous files will appear simultaneously). But it is impossible to record the web audio such as the UN live webcast and the interpreting from microphone together.

Dear seniors, anyone may give some guidance as how to use Audacity for CI training? Thanks in advance.:-)

asked 27 Oct '12, 03:26

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Hi Si, it sounds like, if you do it this way, the sound tracks won't be synchronised in your reconstructed dual-track version as they were in reality. And since WHEN you say things or don't is important that would rule this out as a useful way of doing things

(04 Feb '13, 02:04) Andy

Hi, Andy, thanks for your kind instruction, and I fully agree to your point that this "timing" factor is vital in performing and analyzing CI. Great thanks. :-)

(04 Feb '13, 19:41) Paris Si de ...


I use Audacity with my students all the time.

The updated latest version ( Oct 2013 ) of my presentation on how to use Audacity software for simul training is now Version 7. It is available at

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answered 03 Feb '13, 21:34

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edited 08 Oct '13, 02:51

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MANY thanks :-)

(03 Feb '13, 22:18) msr

Great thanks from me, too. :-)

(03 Feb '13, 23:10) Paris Si de ...

Hi, Cyril:

I have two questions:

1)Only with one computer and a headset, theoretically will it work? I mean despite of sound quality, will the recording be realized? 2)In the case of my computer and headset, it does not work. I checked online, there are many ideas, among which one said that it is because of the BIOS setting of computer. Does it sound reasonable to you? I tried but failed to adjust BIOS setting, so does it mean that I can only realize this with a different computer? Thanks in advance. :-)

(11 Feb '13, 22:52) Paris Si de ...

Hi Paris: 1) Yes it should work. You need a computer headset with a mic and you should connect to to audio input and output connectors of your computer. 2) I do not think it has anything to do with the BIOS, more likely with your sound card configuration or a wrong type of headset. I suggest you try a different computer or better find a computer expert to help you.

(08 Oct '13, 22:19) Cyril Flerov

I am unfamiliar with that software, when I record myself these days I only record my voice in the booth; in my teaching days, colleagues in the booth would have dual track tape-recorders that would record speaker and interpreter simultaneously on both halves of the tape track, as it were, which could later be heard either mixed or, using the balance dial turned all the way to either right or left, only one or the other half-track.

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answered 27 Oct '12, 07:31

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Hi, MSR: thanks for your kind support/ sharing of experience. And you set a good example for being strict with yourself, and lifelong learning. Thanks again. :-) Paris

(27 Oct '12, 08:01) Paris Si de ...


The system described below worked once with my equipment, but didn't anymore since. It even might have damaged my sound card. There must be a flaw somewhere, any input is welcome.


I've come up with a much less sophisticated system than Cyril's. It also happens to be much cheaper ($20) and portable, in case you want to record yourself at school for instance. On the downside, the sound quality will obviously be... different.

What you need:

  1. An amazon account or a local sound equipment shop


HEADSET (MIC) connected to --> 4 --> 1 (black RCA) --> Line In/Computer or recorder (Left)

SOURCE/FLOOR connected to --> 2 --> 1 (red RCA) --> Line In/Computer or recorder (Right)

(Stating the obvious: The phones of your headset connect to one of the two female jacks of item 2.)

RESULT: Click here to see the picture

Since there are a lot of mobile parts, I wouldn't use this system in a real conference setting. Unless there is a spare console, rendering the jack splitter (2) useless and allowing a direct and independent connection. Otherwise, too many things could go wrong.

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I use Audacity with my students all the time.

See my presentation at and let me know if you have any questions.

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answered 03 Feb '13, 21:35

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Cyril Flerov

otherwise I doubt you ll be able to play live audio in Audacity

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answered 03 Feb '13, 22:01

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