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Resource Pages :: Audio Recording, Editing and Podcasting 


What is Podcasting?

Podcasting is more than just creating a digital audio recording, though that is the first step! Create a series of audio files, put them up on the internet where people can find them and subscribe to them with services like iTunes and other 'podcatchers" - then you're Podcasting!



 K-12 : examples


Higher Ed : Examples


Public Libraries : Examples


Professional Development : Examples


Selected Podcasts/Audio: Miscellaneous

  • Just Vocabulary - 2 new SAT vocabulary words per show.
  • The Tech Teachers - "Teachers who talk tech... and a little bit of education"
  • Cast On - for all you knitters!
  • StoryNory - fun stories, tongue twisters, fairytales and more.
  • LIS3513 Audio Projects - Done for a class exercise, these are 30 second intros to imaginary podcasts. Creative and fun examples. (Florida State U LIS class in Design & Production of Media Resources)


More examples at:


Recording your Audio

  • Vocaroo - Need to record something really quickly and easily? Give this a try. 
  • Audacity  Free & open source for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux. Audio recording and editing.  Also need LAME encoder to export files in mp3 format
  • GarageBand - Mac software for recording and editing.
  • -- Record your audio directly to their website. Very handy. No post recording editing though. Limited storage and bandwidth. Upgrade to pay account for more resources.
  • Skype ---  Using  Skype to have a speaker "call it in"? You can record your conversation with PowerGramo or Pamela plugins. There are other plugins also, but these seem to be the most popular.


Audacity Demo

The basics in 3 minutes!


Improve your audio

Nice video showing some of features of Audacity, including amplifying an audio track.


Using Skype for for recording interviews


Where to Host your files?

  • On your own server if you have the bandwidth and storage space.
  • Free online hosting:
    • - Automatically posts your podcasts to a your own wordpress blog. Limited free account. Fee for more services.
    • Internet Archive  -- Non commercial, geared towards sharing content. Embeddable players. Closely tied with
    • Podomatic - 15 GB free bandwidth per month
    • – $5/month, unlimited bandwidth



Quick "How To" Steps:

  • An idea: This is key!! Perhaps a script, though you don't want to sound like you're reading a script. Be relaxed. You can edit out the 'ummmmsss'
  • Hardware: Microphone and computer (Or some other way to record and get file to computer)
  • Software: Record with Audacity - Open source software for recording and editing
  • Edit recorded file with Audacity
  • Save files as .AUP files while still editing.
  • Export to MP3 - You'll need the LAME MP3 Encoder to export to MP3. (Download info on the Audacity web site.)
  • Upload file to web server - your own, your blog space or some other hosting service.
  • Add the file to your blog and your blog software should take care of making the RSS entry for it. Read your blog's help files for more info.
  • Your blog readers can listen from the link in the blog entry and RSS feed readers will let people listen to your podcast too.
  • With the RSS feed, people can subscribe with their iTunes software.
  • You're Podcasting!


Suggested audio settings

(from Greg Schwartz' Sirsi Dynix Institute on Podcasting)

  • Sample rate - set before you start recording
    • higher = better quality, but larger file
    • 44.100 khz is standard
  • Bit rate - set when saving your file
    • higher = better quality, but larger file.
    • Suggestion: 64 kbps for voice; 128 kbps for music


Podcasting Tools 


  • Online Recording

    • Gabcast
    • AudioBoo  - Record from iPhone or Android phone. Or from the web. Your audio notes are stored online. You have your own URL and RSS feed. 5 minute limit on recordings.
    • Vocaroo - not for podcasting, but handy for short audio recordings. 


  • Other Tools

    • Levelator - Levels out uneven volume in your recordings. Edit your audio in Audacity, save as a WAV file, run it through Levelator,


Learn More, Resources & Tips





10/20/08 - notes from today's session  -- ideas for podcasting contributed by students.

  • course intros in campus learning environment (Blackboard, moodle. etc)
  • ntros to library services and faq's in various languages
  • training for staff
  • tutorials about research tools (narrated powerpoints)
  • storytelling, storytime
  • audio book snippets as teasers
  • reports from events, conferences, library events, programs
  • community stories -- eg: what do you remember about this location, town, building, person. link to photos on flickr etc
  • upcoming events, news,
  • interviews with staff, trustees, faculty, reasearch, etc. 






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