(No, your ratty earbuds aren't sufficient.)
Rules and regulations: Must have your ID, 2 hour loan, must stay in library
Audacity seems to recognize the headset more reliably if connected prior to launching Audacity.
(on Earlham lab computers, ALL PROGRAMS >> AUDACITY).
Note: Audacity is available as a free download if you'd like to try it on your laptop. Some tinkering may be required: https://www.audacityteam.org/
Make sure it is recognized by Audacity. Press Record (red circle), and you should see audio waves bouncing up and down. Flat line = not recording sound.
Press Red Circle button to Record. Press Pause or Stop to finish. To Delete, highlight and press Delete/Backspace.
FILE >> SAVE PROJECT >> SAVE PROJECT AS. Choose File name and where to save file [Desktop, USB, etc].
Drag down lower edge of recording box to make your audio wave taller (and easier to analyze). Change display at bottom to show "Length of Selection." Now you can highlight a section of recording to view length.
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