Figure 2- A file is opened
Notice all the nice icons at the top of the display. If you move your mouse over any one of them and leave it there for a second, a little box will open telling you what that icon does. To play our file, we need to find the little icon that looks like a right pointing triangle. This is the standard symbol for “play” that you’ll find on any tape deck. Click on this icon and you should hear audio and see the cursor move. Note: if you aren’t getting audio at this point, check out our troubleshooting steps later in the manual.
Let the audio play to the end of the file and it will stop automatically and reset itself so you can play it again. Let’s play it again using a keyboard shortcut. Shortcuts are simply keys on your keyboard that perform a function without having to use the mouse. Power users love shortcuts and the Play shortcut is the easiest of all. Just hit the spacebar now and the audio starts playing. Hit the spacebar again to stop the audio from playing. Easy, isn’t it? Many beginners like to spend hours doing this, but let’s move on to test the recording capability of your system.
For our recording test, we’re going to assume you have a tape recorder connected to the input of your sound card. A CD player or even a turntable with a preamp uses exactly the same process, so just make sure you’re hooked up correctly.
To record, start your tape recorder playing a pre-recorded tape (or start playing an LP, etc). You should hear the audio coming from your speakers. Now click the red Record button on the toolbar in MILLENNIUM. A nice record screen comes up which looks like this:
Figure 3- The Record Window