Shtooka Recorder
This section of a4esl.com is temporary and will eventually be deleted.
Short, easy-to-remember URL to this page
http://bit.ly/shtooka

About

The Shtooka Recorder is the easiest and fastest way to record sentences for the Tatoeba Project. You can use other free software such as Audacity, but it's much, much slower and requires many extra steps to accomplish the same thing.

Download the Shtooka Recorder

1-minute Demo by CK

This quick demo shows you how fast and easily you can record sentences.
Notice that on the 4th sentence, the audio was "saturated" and would have been distorted, but the recorder takes care of this kind of error by flashing pink in the level meter and then going back to the beginning of that sentence, so you can record it again..

How to Contribute

About the Following Locally-hosted Documentation

The following is from shtooka.net (July 22, 2011) and is used under the Creative Commons "By" license. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/fr/)

It has been slightly edited, mainly to eliminate non-working links.

About the Shtooka Recorder

Shtooka Recorder is a program for Microsoft Windows which allows automated recording of the pronunciation of many words, expressions, and/or sentences from a list. (One can record an average of 500 words in 20 minutes). It can save audio files in the following formats: .wav .ogg .flac (including Vorbis Comment tag).

This program is distributed and licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Screenshots:

List of words that will be recorded:

Information About the Speaker:

Output Properties:

Audio Recording:

The user pronounces the first word, then Shtooka Recorder automatically switch to the next word while saving the file.

Vorbis Comment Tag:

If your ANSI users codepage doesn't support characters used in your list, you can base the namefile on the CRC control sum or encode the filename in UTF-8.

The information about the word is properly stored in the Vorbis Comment tag. Then you can use Renaming programs to automatically rename the audio files using pieces of information contained in the Vorbis Comment Tag. (I've tried doing this with Tag&Rename 3.3 with Persian words, and it worked fine.

How to configure Recording Settings

How does it work?

This window demonstrates the settings that are relevant to the recording process. Let's review the way the program works.

Settings :

The "Block Length" Parameter

This sets the time shown as a single block in the life "sound graph" diagram, and sets the duration for which "sound" or "silence" is determined. If you want a finer granularity, make it smaller; otherwise 0.05s is a good choice.

The "Margin Before" Parameter

This sets the time to be included in the recording before the first "sound" is determined. It should not be less than "Block Length", and usually should allow a listener to shift attention to listening after clicking "playback". (This is the duration of left of the two hatched zones, #3)

The "Margin After" Parameter

This sets the time to be included in the recording after the last "sound" block. It can be used as a "buffer" of silence before another sound recording can be played. (This is duration of the right of the two hatched zones, #3)

The "Final Silence" Parameter

This sets the time that the program has to wait after the end of the word (#6) to save it. If you want to record simple words, you can set it to 0.5s, if you are recording whole sentences, set it to 1s or 1.5s.

The "Minimum Length" Parameter

At the end of the word, if the total time is less than the "Minimum Length" the program will not save the buffer. This parameters can help you not to record parasite sounds.

The "Starting Threshold" Parameter

This sets the #1 Level, the minimum loudness triggering the beginning of the word or sentence.

The "Max Noise Level" Parameter

Sets the #2 threshold. Set it as low as you can. If this level is too high, the program will stop before the end of words!

The "Saturation Threshold" Parameter

This sets the #7 threshold. Try speaking very loudly into your microphone to determine the saturation level of your audio system, and set this parameter a little lower.

The documentation is also at web.archive.org

Recommendations

YouTube Video

Skip to 0:32, if you've already downloaded the Shtooka Recorder.

Created by tatoeba.org/user/profile/AmberShadow, I think.

Linux Source

Swac-Record swac-record est un programme écrit en C++ pour Qt qui permet l’enregistrement systématique de mots ou expression.

http://zmoo.fr/swac-tools/swac-record.php

You have to compile it yourself.

Find Some "Packs" of Words and Sentences

Other