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Converting audio files into MP3 format under Windows XP
In order to record audio files in MP3 format inside
GEMS, a MPEG Layer-3 Codec is required. The default one comes with Media
Player 7.1 is 'Fraunhofer IIS MPEG Layer-3 Codec'. In Windows 2000, the
codec is able to encode and decode MP3 format wave files. Unfortunately
Media Player 8 that comes with Windows XP installs a limited version of the
codec to the machine. The codec can only decode (playback) MP3 files, so
MP3 audio recording in GEMS would fail.
To record audio files in MP3 format, you need one
that can do both encoding and decoding. You can download Lame ACM MP3
Codec and install on your system. Once the zip file is opened,
right-click on 'lameACM.inf' and choose Install. Ignore the warning
regarding Windows Logo, and follow the instructions to install. You can
then verify your system by choosing 'Sound and Audio Devices" in Control Panel,
click the 'Hardware' tab, open up 'Audio Codecs'. Click the Properties tab
and see if 'Lame ACM MP3 Codec' is installed.
Now you should be able to record and save audio
file in MP3 format in GEMS.