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Streaming podcasts. M-Audio Podcast Factory


Let us remind you that the podcast concept, which is popular today, is based on an ordinary audio recording in the form of an MP3 file. In order to convert it to a podcast, you need to use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) technology. An RSS text file is attached to an MP3 file, containing information about the podcast recording date, title and description. This allows listeners to then use various software to search for new RSS files and automatically download the latest podcasts.

Creating a podcast

Let's look at how the creation of podcasts is carried out using the M-Audio Podcast Factory. The product includes a miniature mixing console, microphone and software package - the Audacity wave editor, a utility for adding RSS 2.0 text to an audio file Podifier, and a library of sound samples.

The mixing console is connected to the PC via a USB port, after which all sound signals are played through the console, and not through the computer's sound card (if, of course, there is one).

Let's go!

Production of a podcast consists of two stages: recording the audio file itself and converting it into a podcast with publication on the Internet.

For the first stage, the Audacity multitrack waveform editor is used. Connect a microphone to the remote and press the Record button to record a voice file. By the way, to get a better final result, it is better to make some trial records first.

Photo Play recorded track

Note that voices can be overlaid with background samples from the included library to enhance your podcast. To do this, simply import the samples ( Project / Import ) into the project, and the editor will automatically add another (or two, in the case of a stereo sample) track.

There is another way - on the mixing console there is an additional socket for connecting an electric guitar, which will also make the audio recording more rich. For the same purpose, it makes sense to apply about two dozen sound effects provided by the Audacity application.

For example, echo, inversion, phaser, reversal (sound plays in the opposite direction) and many others. After finishing work on the project, save the result to an MP3 file. But keep in mind that Audacity does not use its own codec for this, but the very popular Lame codec, so you will need to manually specify the path to the lame_enc.dll file.

Internet Publishing

The next step is to convert the MP3 file into a podcast by adding RSS 2.0 text to it and publishing the finished result on the site.

Run the Podifier program and enter the site URL, date, title and description of the podcast in the window that opens. Next, specify the required MP3 file, and the program will generate a podcast and publish it on the site you specified.

Photo Publishing Podcast

If you don't have your own website, there are many online services available. By the way, in some cases you won't even need to generate an RSS feed with Podifier.

Just upload your MP3 file to the site following the instructions on these online services.

  • A miniature mixing console and quality microphone will help you create decent audio content
  • Podifier's built-in wizard lets you publish your podcast online in a few steps

The Topic of Article: Streaming podcasts. M-Audio Podcast Factory.
Author: Jake Pinkman