[ILUG] Audio on website
ant at elivefree.net
Mon Nov 1 18:08:46 GMT 2004
I'd pretty much echo what Gareth said.
> If it's spoken voice, use a dictaphone? Quality will be more than
> good enough.
Or if you already have a mini disc, just get yourself a microphone. You
shouldn't have to spend too much (less than €20) unless you're
recording in places where there is a lot of background noise. (I should
mention that I'm speaking from limited experience using borrowed
> I would recommend MP3 (or Ogg) due to far greater support than Real
> Audio - and much greater convenience (people can download them and
> listen to them in their cars / on their iRiver/iPod/whatever, later)
I certainly wouldn't use Real Audio (for a number of reasons but the
most practical probably being that it isn't as widespread as you might
think). I've been to quite a few Internet cafés in town and only a
handful have had it installed on their machines. If it was me, I'd
encode the audio in both MP3 and Ogg Speex and offer both file formats
I'd offer MP3 because almost all computers with speakers / headphones
should be able to play it.
I'd offer Ogg Speex because it's a codec specifically designed for
encoding speech so that for a certain file size, you should get much
better quality than with MP3. Or to look at it the other way around:
Encoded at a certain quality, you're listeners will have a smaller file
and shorter download from the website. I'd mention this in a note on the
download page and link to some of the plugins in the "Player Plugins &
Code Examples" at http://www.speex.org/projects.html
The second most compelling reason (for me) would be that the codec isn't
encumbered with any nasty patents and I like to promote the use of such
codecs when possible.
Having said that, if you don't think your audience might be that
adventurous or technically savvy, you could make life easier on yourself
and just use MP3.
> Audacity on Linux is a winner for what you want. And includes
> filters to clean stuff up, dehiss, etc.
Yes. It's a great program. I found it quite intuitive for doing simple
editing and I like the fact that it's cross-platform and no problem to
install on a Windows machine.
Good luck with the project,
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