Trying to record Adobe Reader "Read Out Loud"

Audacity version 2.0.5

OS is Windows Home Premium

I noticed that no matter what i did, the microphone on my USB Plantronics headset was live. So I disconnected that with hopes that it would record from the sound card or speakers.

So far every setting configuration I have tried does not record the Adobe Reader “Read Out Loud” voice.

I’m pretty sure I used to be able to do this with Audacity, but I can’t find the correct settings. Help?

Unless Adobe Read Out Loud does something magic to the sound services, you should be able to set up your computer for self-recording and go with it. Can you record YouTube videos? Some computers don’t have the software and services to record themselves.


Try “Balaboka”. Free and no ads.
It opens a lot of file formats, including PDF.
It works with any installed TTS engines such as SAPI 4/5, Microsoft Speech platform and alike.
It is very easy to handle. You can save the whole text as mp3 or wave and even split it up by size, letters, Chapters etc.
Just choose first the voice you want (F10) and perhaps set up the export parameters (eg sample and bit rate).
Ctrl-w saves the whole project as audio.

By the way, it opens Acrobat files much faster than the original Reader itself. I hate this ages-taking waiting for the text preparation with Adobe Acrobat.

I record YouTube with a different program that records anything in my browser. It works great except it starts a new mp3 every audio break (it assumes it is a new ‘song’). So if I try to use that it creates well over a thousand files.

So I am trying to figure out how to use Audacity instead. I just can’t figure out the settings to get it to work.

No it isn’t. Do you mean Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows Vista Home Premium?

Did you read the link you were given: ?

If yes, what went wrong when you tried the Windows WASAPI host in Audacity? Try that.

  1. Open Device Toolbar .
  2. In the first (Host) box of Device Toolbar, choose “Windows WASAPI”.
  3. In the second (Output device) box in Device Toolbar, choose the Speakers or Headphones that you are using for listening.
  4. In the third (Input device) box in Device Toolbar, choose the (loopback) input for the same device you chose in step 3. For example, if you chose “Speakers” in Step 3, choose “Speakers (loopback)” in this step.
  5. In the fourth (Input Channels) box in Device Toolbar, choose mono or stereo.
  6. Start playing the audio you want to record.
  7. Press the big red Record button in Audacity.