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eMic Functions

eMic allows you to record spoken messages (or music) and process them with the touch of a button.

There are several pre-defined ways (further called eMic-functions) to process the recorded messages. It is possible to assign any eMic-function to any of the eMic buttons (since it is assigned, it becomes a function of eMic). It is even possible to re-assign the same function to the different eMic buttons. For each eMic-function there are a number of settings which change the way the function is executed.

The list of supported (eMic software version 2.1) pre-defined functions is shown below:

Rec.
Memo function. Recorded file is simply saved among other messages on the Recordings page for further eventual processing.

Available settings:

  • Recording quality and output file format. It is possible to choose between WAV (uncompressed) and MP3 (compressed) file formats. Recording can be performed in normal or High Quality. High Quality recording might be required for example by the speech-to-text software.
  • Use of eMic buttons. There are two possible ways to invoke eMic-function. With Hold down the recording starts immediately after the button is pressed down and lasts while the button is held pressed. When the button is released, recording stops. With Click the recording starts after the button is pressed and consequently released. Recording stops when the button is pressed for the second time. Recording can be paused and resumed as many times as needed by pressing and releasing the second button available to you on the eMic base.
  • Filter. Sound filter allows you to change the voice making the recording, and makes it sound different. With this option set, before the recording is saved the selected sound filter will be applied to the recording. Use Sound editor to edit and create your own sound filters.
  • Sound editor. With the help of the Sound editor you will be able to listen to your recording and edit, continue or amend it if necessary. With this option set, after the recording is completed the Sound editor will be launched. Note: After any recording is made the icon will appear in the Windows system tray for 60 seconds. If you double click on the icon, Sound editor will be opened (for Rec and Upload Preview window will be opened – see below). It is also possible to edit the recording with Sound editor using the button Edit from the Recordings page.

Rec and save.
Memo function. The only difference with the Rec function is that when the recording is finished, you will be prompted for the recorded file name.

Available settings:

  • Recording quality and output file format. See the description above.
  • Use of eMic buttons. See the description above.
  • Filter. See the description above.
  • Sound editor. See the description above.


Rec and Attach.
After the recorded file is saved (and encoded to MP3 if necessary), an e-mail message is generated with the recorded file attached. It just remains to specify the recipient (which can be done with the MultiMedia Address Book - MMAB) and send the message.

Available settings:

  • Recording quality and output file format. See the description above.
  • Use of eMic buttons. See the description above.
  • Filter. See the description above.
  • Sound editor. See the description above.
  • MMAB. Multimedia address book allows you to choose the recipient of the message by picture/sound using the eMic buttons. With this option set, after the recording is finished, MMAB will appear on the screen. It is possible to let MMAB send the e-mail immediately after the recipient is chosen. To do that SMTP server details should be specified in the MMAB settings form. If this option is not set MMAB will only open a new e-mail window of the default mail application (such as Outlook) with the recipient field filled in for the further editing and sending.

Rec and upload.
With this function the software will upload the recording to the eMic4all server. After the recording is finished the link to the eMic-message on the server is generated and immediately and pasted into the window that had input focus at the beginning of the recording. (input focus = Where the cursor is active) The software encodes the file into MP3 and uploads it at the same time that the recording is made (unless the SoundEditor option is set). This makes sure that whatever the length of the spoken message is, the upload is ready immediately after the recording is finished.

Available settings:

  • Recording quality and output file format. See the description above.

    Note: for this function only WAV, MP3 and HQ WAV formats are supported.

  • Use of eMic buttons. See the description above.
  • Filter. See the description above.
  • Sound editor. See the description above.
  • Prefix text. By default a defined by you text (prefix) precedes the link to the eMic-message. If the prefix text is not required (which e.g. can be useful if you intend to insert the link into Excel file or database) push the Shift key just prior to the moment when you start the recording.
  • Insert new line. With this option set, the software will insert a new line after the link to the eMic-message. This would allow most of the applications (such as Outlook, Word etc) to recognize that the inserted text contains a link to the web page.
  • Preview. With this option set eMic software will open Preview window of the created eMic-message instead if pasting the link to the message into the active window after the recording is finished. This would allow customizing the message colors, background, adding a title, password protection etc as well as amending the uploaded recording with the Sound Editor.

    Note: After any Rec and upload is made the icon will appear in the Windows system tray for 60 seconds. If you double click on the icon, the Preview window will be opened. That means in this way even without Preview option set you can decide whether you wish to customize the eMic message after the recording is made. It is also possible to open the Preview window using the button Edit from the Recordings page.

Rec Skype/MSN.
Records Skype, MSN, Windows Live Messenger or other VoIP software voice conversations. During the eMic installation Skype and MSN will be automatically configured for this function to work. If you install Skype/MSN after the eMic or if you use a different VoIP software for the voice communication, make sure that the virtual device named eMic Audio Filter 1 (Windows XP) or Mic 1 eMic Audio Filter (Windows Vista) is selected as the input microphone and the virtual device named eMic Audio Filter 2 (Windows XP) or Line 2 eMic Audio Filter (Windows Vista) is selected as the output sound device in the settings of the Skype/MSN/VoIP software.

Note: Rec Skype/MSN function is available for Windows XP and Windows Vista only.

Available settings:

  • Recording quality and output file format. See the description above.
  • Use of eMic buttons. See the description above.
  • Filter. See the description above. You will talk with a changed voice if you select this option.

Undefined.
The recording will not be processed by the eMic software. Third party user-defined software can be used for processing of the recording in this way. Contact support@emic4all.com for assistance if you wish to develop such software.

Note: if no third party user-defined software is specified, then the recording does not start at all.

Available settings:

  • Recording quality and output file format. See the description above.
  • Use of eMic buttons. See the description above.