This screen will allow you to set the recording parameters and make sure the recording is happening correctly. Let’s start by making sure we are set to record a stereo file at 44.1 KHZ, 16 bit. Just use the drop down boxes to select these parameters. Note the Recording Device box. Your sound card should be listed here. If not, drop the box down and choose the sound card input that has the audio being fed to it.
Start your tape player playing some audio and click the Pause button in this window. This puts the program into what is called Record/Pause mode. The VU meters on the left should now start dancing as the program is actually seeing the audio from your tape recorder.
If those meters are dancing, you are now done with testing your installation. Click Stop, and then click Close. Answer “yes” when the program asks if you want to discard this recording. You now have a perfectly working audio restoration workstation and you can go on to the next section where we’ll teach you to use this powerful tool.
If you found that your meters didn’t jump when you hit the Pause button, the problem is very likely caused by your sound card being set to the Mic input and not the Line Level input. This common problem is easily and permanently solved by double clicking the little yellow (in ’98) or blue (in XP) speaker icon in your tray – just to the left of the clock on the bottom of your screen. Now choose, Options, then Properties. Click the record button and then click OK. Now click the check box under Line Input and your meters will start to jump in MILLENNIUM indicating that all is now well. You just turned on the Live Level input – which is where our audio is, after all.
Now that your system has been installed and checked, it’s time to get to the software and perform an actual restoration project.
Section Two – Our Step-by Step Guide This will teach you to actually use the DC Millennium
Step By Step Guides
In this section, we’re going to take you by the hand and lead you through some complete examples of typical restoration projects. You’ll remove noise and “sweeten” the audio. When you are done, you’ll be licensed to drive the product yourself without training wheels.
This entire training process will take you about 10 minutes and will give you all the basics you need to know to use the program. Please follow along step by step thru the examples, but try not to get ahead.
In these Guides, we’ll tell you exactly what to do and even explain why it is you are doing these things. It’s important that you follow along exactly as one step builds upon the next.
Note: The actions you are expected to take are highlighted in Bold. Do the steps as we suggest and don’t get ahead or you’ll get a stern talking to. Let’s get started !
Easy Record Restoration Step By Step Guide
First, we need to run the program. If it’s not already up, just double click the icon on your desktop to start it. MILLENNIUM starts with a tip screen, which offers quick suggestions as to how to use the program. You can disable this by clicking on the check box in this screen.
Next, open the Demo1 Wave file the way we did in the testing section above.
Listen to this file by either clicking the Play button or hitting the spacebar – it’s full of clicks, hiss, low frequency noise, etc. It’s a mess. Stop the playback when you’re done listening.