Forums Radionics Internet Radio Cheap or Freeware Software to Record Radio Station Output?

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    General Lighting

      I’ve looked around the entire web for this but not found an equivalent yet…

      I am now an engineer at the local community radio station. Like all other radio stations in the UK and I expect the EU, we must record all our output from the airwaves and keep it for 42 days in case of listener complaints, so the Communications Ministry (in our country it is Ofcom) can assess both sides and pass judgement. 6 hours is convenient as the file isn’t way too large and its the same amount that hi fi video cassette recorders would have with a E180 tape on long play, and also some LP4 minidiscs.

      The current setup was using some way expensive software which streamed to an icecast server but also recorded the output in 6 hour chunks as a 32000k MP3 file (FM radio bandwidth is only 15 KHz anyway). but the software and the server it is staying in the old studio location.

      Has anyone else here worked in a radio station and come across similar software? its an essential part of the station but all their studio techs who knows about the setup have disappeared. if there is any freeware or low cost stuff that would be ideal…


        When I worked at a music school I built a system to record the various concerts and events that happened in the recital hall.

        It consisted of a mac mini connected to a usb audio interface, running Audio Hijack. This is a simple piece of software that can be programmed like a VCR to make scheduled recordings and save them in a folder. A piece of Applescript then synced this local folder with another on a server, creating an archive of all the school’s concerts that anyone could access.

        The computer lived in a locked cupboard and could be accessed via Apple Remote Desktop when I needed to set up new scheduled recordings. Tie lines to and from the cupboard to the studio meant that anything could be routed to the recorder (though it was by default normalled to a stereo mic installed in the ceiling of the recital hall), and the output from the audio interface could be monitored through the desk in the studio. Maybe a similar kind of setup would work for a radio station? An old PC set to make low-quality MP3 recordings through the line-in whenever the station is on-air? If you had time, you could even schedule the recordings on a show-by-show basis and in better quality to create a usable archive of all the programmes that are broadcast (so DJs can keep a copy of their show if they did a good mix etc).

        Just had a quick look for a PC equivalent and Total Recorder seems to do the same thing.

        Techno Viking

          If you’re using linux you can use any number of programs to write audio straight to disk in whatever format. If it happens to be mp3 one example would be a program called mpg123. It has no smarts so you would have to script schedules and cuts but I wouldn’t have thought that would be a problem for you.

          mpg123(1): play audio MPEG 1.0/2.0/2.5 stream – Linux man page


            Free Audio Recorder is an easy to use free software that enables you to easily record any sound you can hear on your computer, from internet radio stations to streaming music. You can set the recording audio quality, from a low quality taking minimal disk space, up to CD quality. For more information Radio ads and Radio commercials

            Dr Bunsen

              Streamripper for Linux works well


                You can record online radio from any popular sites with the aid of a simple yet powerful Windows screen recorder, like Joyoshare Screen Recorder. It gives me nice user experience. I can skip unwanted sections and cut recordings to different portions with a wide range formats and devices supported.

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