Indiana University

Student Technology Centers

Capture Audio

Using Sound Forge

These steps will guide you through capturing audio from the any of the devices in the multimedia rack in IT131 using Sony Sound Forge. Audio files can be used within a PowerPoint presentation, placed on a web page, or combined with video clips to make a customized movie.

Attention: The computers in the lab are rebuilt regularly; any files saved to the computer will be erased.  Please save your files to your space within Oncourse or other removable media.

Before you begin, please take a moment to locate each piece of equipment that you will be using to complete this task.

  • Kramer VS-1001 Input Selector
  • Multimedia rack components 
  1. Select your source. The source selected on the Kramer Input Selector should represent the device from which the signal will originate. On the Kramer VS-1001 Input Selector (located to the left of the PC), select the button appropriate to the device you wish to capture from.
  2. Adjust Play Control . Double click the speaker icon in the system tray (next to the clock) and verify that "line-in" is selected. Verify that the source output is playing through the PC speakers. Before you begin recording you will also want to adjust the line-in volume to ensure that your input source is not set too high, which can result in a distorted recording.
  3. Launch Sound Forge . Sound Forge is located in the Multimedia Applications folder. Sound Forge will open to a blank work area. Open the Record window by pressing the round record button, or with the keyboard combination ctrl + r.

  4. Record your audio . When the "Record" window is open, you should see the input represented in the level indicator (the two vertical bars). Movement in the level indicator confirms you are receiving the audio signal and whether the level is adjusted properly. Level adjustments can be made in the PCs Play Control window (which is external to the Sound Forge application).

    Click on the record circle next to the the word "arm" to begin recording. When you are finished, click on the stop button to stop recording. Click the close button to return to the main application window.
  5. Edit and save your file. Within the main application window you can add effects and edit your captured clips.

    You can adjust the peak or overall loudness of your captured track by selecting Process > Normalize. When you are done Processing/Editing your track, select File > Save As and select the format and save location for your file.