CountDown - Getting Started

CountDown is a program for generating mp3 files containing recorded announcements and talking-clock type messages at regular intervals.

This is useful for time-trial sports like orienteering  with competitors starting at regular intervals over a long period. Instead of a volunteer announcing each start time and any instructions  and then starting each group of starters, an mp3 recording can be played with the same information on it.

Recording Messages

Having installed CountDown and started it, you need to record the messages that you want to play. You will need a microphone and either headphones or speakers. Once you have them, follow the following steps:
  1. Plug the microphone and headphones into the PC.
  2. Enter a name for the message you are recording into the "Record Message" box.
recording name
  1. Click on the "Start Recording" button. The red led should come on.
Recording in progress
  1. Read out your message.
  2. Click on the same button - (it should say "Stop Recording").

You now have a message that you can play at regular intervals.
You can easily play-back the message by selecting it in the "Record Message" list and pressing the "Play" button.
You can re-record the message by selecting it in the "Record Message" list and pressing the "Start Recording" button as above.

Re-recording the Clock Voice

The clock voice can easily be re-recorded. Follow the following instrauctions:
  1. Click on the "Message" menu and choose "Record Clock".
Record times
  1. If you are going to re-record all of the times, check the "Record sequentially" checkbox.
  2. When you are ready to start recording, click on the "Start Recording" button. The led and the text background should become red.
  3. When you have finished recording, click on the same button (now labelled "Stop recording").
  4. The screen should automatically move to the next message to be recorded. Start again at (2) until you have recored all of the messages.
You can easily play-back a specific time message by selecting it using the arrow keys and pressing the "Play" button.

Message Maintenance

To delete messages that you no longer need, you can use the actually use Recording Maintenance dialog (menu Message>Maintenance) to choose recordings to delete. If you want to revert to the default clock, just use this dialog to delete all of the time recordings.