When one starts a recording of a selected radio station, the so-called recording session is started. A recording session contains the complete recording from pressing the recording button up to the stopping of recording in the recording area. Thus, every recording has its own recording session, which is not divided into individual songs. However, that also means that only one file is stored in your library for every recording session and not individual files for each song. The recording sessions are always stored in the source format (exceptions: Windows Media and Vorbis are converted to MP3). The songs in Snowtape are only references to particular extracts in a recording session. This can be easily identified in the editor, when one is processing a song extracted from a recording. The editor displays not only the song but the complete recording session. However, this makes it possible in the first place to shift the beginning and the end of a song in the recording session. A song becomes a separate file only when it is exported.
There are several options to start multiple recordings in background. On the one hand, one can simply listen to a radio station and click on the recording button in the control area, on the other hand, one can start a recording with a right click on a radio station while selecting recording in “context”. If a recording plan has been created, it will take over the starting of a recording automatically.
The currently running recordings are displayed in the recording area. This appears on the lower edge of the sidebar. However, it can also be masked in and out through the cabinet symbol in the underlying bar. To end one of the recordings, click in the recording area on the button on the respective recording marked with an x.
The filter settings that have been selected in the preferences are used by Snowtape only when the radio station transmits attached track information. In case of planned recordings, the filter preferences can be deactivated additionally. Whether a radio station transmits track information can be found out from presence of the small flag before or after the station name. In case of filters of advertisement, all songs that are shorter than 80 seconds are filtered as commercial breaks. For Snowtape, incomplete recordings include the song that is already running during start of recording, a song that was interrupted because of a link-down and a song that is still running when the recording ended. The filtering of duplicates means that Snowtape filters out a recordings as soon as the name and the performer of the song have already been recorded once. The values according to which filtering is done are present in the duplicate cache, which can be deleted in the preferences. Filters are disabled by default from version 2.0.3 and must be enabled manually in the preferences.
Snowtape allows the creation of recording schedules. In the process, at first, the type of recording must be decided. Select either a date, in case the recording takes place only on one particular day, or daily, in case recording should be done every day at the same time or weekly, in case recording should be done on particular days of the week always at the same time. When a recording schedule is created to record music from a radio station marked with a flag, it is recommended to deactivate the "automatic cutting at track limits", if a continuous recording of the broadcast is desired and filtering of particular area of the recording is not desired.
In case of recording schedules, which are planned for radio programmes, Snowtape allows the extension of the recording time-period forward and backward. These settings can be found under Preferences -> Recording-> Recording Schedules. This is ideal in case of broadcasts, which do not always begin or end on time.
If Snowtape is not running, it starts automatically in each case 1 minute before the recording time of a planned recording. In order that that Mac can also be woken up from hibernation for the planned recording, the "automatic wake up from sleep" must be activated in the preferences. This requires administrator rights and if required, one is prompted to input the administrator password. However, it is important to know that a MacBook cannot be woken up from hibernation when the lid is closed.
While Snowtape is recording, the timer for automatic hibernation of the computer is interrupted. The screensaver and the idle state of the screen function as usual though, if these have been configured in the system settings of Mac under energy saving.
During planned recordings with wake up from hibernation, it means that the Mac is woken up 2 minutes before the recording time and the system settings take care that hibernation is started again after the planned recording ended. For this, it is important that the energy saving system settings have been configured accordingly.