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itcheroni
Mar 30, 2006, 06:08 PM
I was listening to the Ricky Gervais and thought, boy that sounds like a lot of fun. I want to try recording myself and some friends talking about random thoughts and see if it's at all interesting to other folks. But I'm not sure how to go about it. I noticed that Garageband has a podcast option but the mic on my powerbook seems a bit weak and has too much static. Can anyone recommend a cheap microphone that would work well for this purpose? And what else might I need? I've never done any sort of editing, just a regular dumb guy, so I don't know the first thing to sound/video editing.



techguy05
Mar 30, 2006, 07:45 PM
Not sure about what microphone to get, but I remembered seeing "How to make a Podcast" by the French Maids. You will need the full version of Quicktime, which is about $30. Here is the link in iTunes:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=108156891&s=143441&i=1502023

Or if the link doesn't work, just head to the podcast section and do a search for the "French Maids." They also have a "How to perform CPR" video/podcast as well. ;)

Hope this points you in the right direction...

Techguy05

sprstu
Mar 31, 2006, 10:48 AM
Step One: Get a Microphone
Step Two: Record your Voice
Step Three: Host your Recording


Ok, I have just gone through this very same thing, and here is what I have found. First, you will need a better Microphone. You dont really want the bottom of the barrel crap stuff, they are all full of feedback noise. It is really easy to find a good cheap mic if you look a bit. Applestore Microphone (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/6264000/wo/iG2odZw7b4hb2lQ59Zm1zBrCAlv/1.0.19.1.0.8.25.7.11.0.3)
This is one that had a few good recommendations and isnt that expensive. Best Buy also sells it if you dont want to wait for the shipping and all.

The next step is using a program to record your voice, you can Download programs like Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) or Wiretap (http://www.ambrosiasw.com/utilities/wiretap/). These programs are great for recording all sorts of stuff, including audio clips from streaming sound/video or just your own voice. The advantage here is, they are also editing programs. Wiretap has a free trial version that is pretty small and the trial is very short and Audacity is a free download. I have started to play with the editing in audacity a little and it seems rather straight forward. Where the recording in wiretap is literally click and go.

But they are a kinda a pain for a regular dumb guy like me to use seeing how there are many steps involved with making and recording. something easier I found is a new Web 2.0 online application that has a built in voice recording program. This site was made for online voice publishing, not necessarily podcasting, but that is always an option. Plus, its free and decent. I dont know how well their editing software works, i havnt spent anytime recording yet, im still waiting for my Mic to get here.

Odeo Online Recording (http://odeo.com/inbox)


Another really great place is Podmatic. This is also a free Podcast hosting site, and they allow you to have a blog and provide RSS feed for your podcast. There is no recording function on this site, so you will need to use something else as well. i plan on using Odeo to record and Podomatic to host.

podcast hosting (http://www.podomatic.com/home)

Here is a really great Info site, podcasting news. They have everything you have ever wanted to know about the world of podcasting, from setting up and RSS feed, to publishing.
Podcast news (http://www.podcastingnews.com)


hope this helps.