Softpedia Editor's Review for Echo
Out on your headphones, speak to the microphone and create your own personalized recordings
Written by Mihaela Citea on September 20th, 2012
If you are looking for just a simple audio recorder that only needs headsets and a microphone to do its job, Echo may be the software for you.
Providing users with an intuitive interface, this audio recording utility features a limited number of options, which makes it really easy to use, even if you are a beginner. Although there isn’t much to configure in Echo you can choose the buffer size, depth and the sound frequency. The input volume can also be adjusted using a scrolling bar.
The input and output buffers can be manually enabled or disabled. Furthermore, the output buffer can be set to use a certain frequency.
A new recording is started with minimum effort by pressing the 'Start' button. In order to create personalized recordings, you only need to connect a headset and a microphone to the PC.
The output format for recordings can be set to WAV audio, in the user-defined output location. The recording session can be put on hold process at any time you want.
Additional customization is available in the 'Options' menu. Here, you can set the output folder, perform threshold calibration or write a new threshold, enable the stereo audio or change the working language for the application.
One important drawback of the application is that it does not support any other input device besides microphones. Also, it does not feature a player, so in order to play the recorded sounds, you need an external solution.
On the other hand, the recording process requires little resources, making the system available for other tasks.
All in all, Echo can be a handy solution for sound recording, but it is obvious that it needs major improvements to meet user requirements.
Here are some key features of "Echo":
· Low CPU usage recording (limited by size of the free disk space)
· Echo simulation (stutter effect)
· Single tone generator
· Visual equalizer (Wave amplitude, Frequency - FFT)
· Pentium II
· 256 MB RAM
· 1024 / 764 / 24/32 bit (4 MB graphics card memory)
· 16 bit sound card