What you need:
-Microphone – Any old mic will do. A headphone set from a phone works fine.
-Software – Download (free) Audacity here: audacity.sourceforge.net...
When you click to download Audacity 1 2 3, also download the LAME mp3
encoder. That's for exporting your audio files into mp3 files.
Plug your mic into the back of your computer and you’re ready to PODcast.
Open Audacity. Right in the center there’s a little white _ Make sure it says ‘Microphone’ in there. If not, use the drop down arrow to
Push the round red record button and a track appears. Talk into the mic. See your voice? Now push the square yellow button to stop the recording. Then
push the green triangle to listen to what you’ve just recorded. Play around recording different sound levels.
Use the slide button to the left of the Microphone window to increase or decrease your input volume. In other words, if you can’t hear your
recording very well, turn up the input level and record again. If the sound wave hits the top and bottom of the track, turn it down and try it again.
Play around with your recording. Select different parts of the audio with your mouse and use the ‘Effect’ menu to remove noise, amplify (+ or -)
different parts of the audio wave. You can always undo the last effect using the edit menu.
Once you get a recording ready, it’s time to save it. Use the File menu to Export as mp3. Now you have a PODcast and are ready to visit the PODcast
page to upload it.
Fill out all the fields on the right, hit the upload button and your PODcast will appear in the PODcast section!
A couple of pointers on Audacity:
To keep file sizes small:
File - Preferences - File Formats (tab) Bit Rate = 64
For some reason I’m not sure of:
In the track drop down menu, select Set Rate and choose 48,000
[edit on 3-11-2005 by Benevolent Heretic]