Audacity One “ scary technology ” note: Audacity won’t quite work “out of the box” - it needs the LAME MP3 encoder installed as well, which is linked from: http:// audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s = install&item =lame-mp3 Have your techie person install it in the Audacity directory and then record one throwaway audio as an MP3. After that, you’re set for life. That ends the “ scary technology ” note…
Audacity is EASY: Record just like an old cassette recorder… Edit just like a Word document…
Feeling advanced? You have further “advanced” editing options in the dropdown menus: Your vocal timbre and volume can change as you go – record in one long track! “ Radio voice” makes later rearranging harder. If you make a mistake, keep going – remember the “cut” button !
Edit out your ambient background noises: Effect --Noise Removal Replace noises with silence: Generate --Silence When finished: File --Export as MP3
Saving and Sharing Your Podcast Streaming vs. non-streaming media (or both). Webpages Blogs RSS feeds RSS is really just a way to subscribe to something… Locally hosted vs. remotely hosted.
Other Toys Levelator (freeware): smoothes out audio levels. Hi-Caption (not freeware): view your text as well as hear it! Example: WSU’s Oral History Project Microsoft Producer (free with PowerPoint): Powerpoint with voiceover. Example: Circulation Training, Neill Public Library (Pullman, WA) Video Recordings? Example: at YouTube , search for Booktalks .
Some podcasts you can listen to: Booktalk sites - http:// ms.kmsd.edu/~msimc/podcasts_booktalks.htm http://www.hopkintonschools.org/hhs/library/podcast.html Call in and leave your own booktalk - http://www.reneesbookoftheday.com/booktalk/index.html Record and submit your own booktalk - http://nancykeane.com/booktalks/default.htm Librivox: public domain audiobooks - http://librivox.org/ Infospeak: UW iSchool student interviews about library issues - http:// www.infospeak.org/index.htm King County Law Library - http://www.kcll.org/aboutus/publications/podcasts/index.html Pierce County Library Podcasts Blog - http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/blogs.aspx?blog_id=7 Podcasts from the WSU Libraries - http:// www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/rssapp/rssreader.aspx?feedid =11