Creating your own Streaming Audio studio has never been easier. There are so many
great products around today that will allow you to produce
high quality streaming audio for a fraction of the price
it used to cost.
The first thing you will need is a compatible computer.
Today every new computer is already set up with everything
you will need. A basic sound card with a mic and line in
jack. If you do not have a sound card they are very cheap
and you can get a good one from any standard computer
Next you will need a good mic. These come in all sizes and
shapes with different configurations however a general all
round mic like the Logitech Noise-canceling microphone is
fine for beginners. I suggest you get a desk top one to
start with, as you may want to move into video later and
so you wont want a headset in your videos.
Of course you could go up a stage and get a preamp with a
professional mic but this will start running into dollars
and the whole aim of this article is to help you get
Next you will want to get some cables to connect up your
tape recorder and other audio equipment. Again the
computer stores now have packs that will connect up pretty
well any device into your computer to digitalize your
sound. You want to record directly onto your computer
however you can get those old tapes and Vinyl records into
a digital format also.
SOFTWARE - RECORDING
Recording your audio is probably one of the most critical
parts of this process and again you can get software that
ranges from free to many thousands of dollars. For this
exercise I suggest you download the free copy of Audacity.
This is an excellent free software package that will allow
you to record from your microphone or any equipment you
It provides excellent editing capabilities and also will
allow you to edit multiple tracks and then combine them
into one single track. For a quick overview of how to do
this you can watch this video and also download the
SOFTWARE - CONVERTING
The next piece of software you will need for your studio
is a converting program that will allow you to convert
different formats. For example you may have a real audio
file and you want to convert it to mp3. dBpoweramp is like
the Swiss army knife for the audio industry and will
convert just about any file to any other file format.
Convert from one format to another, just about every audio
type is supported: mp3, mp4, Windows Media Audio (wma),
Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Monkeys Audio, FLAC and many others
whilst preserving ID Tags. It will also rip CDs for you.
SOFTWARE - REDUCTION
If you are going to stream an mp3 direct then you may want
to recompile the file to a smaller format. RazorLame is a
so-called "front-end" for use with LAME. LAME is
a great MP3-Encoder, it's very fast, it produces
high-quality files, has many advanced features (like
Variable Bitrates and Joint-Stereo), and it's open source.
Unfortunately, it is a command line utility, and that is
where RazorLame comes in: It provides an easy-to-use
graphical user-interface which makes MP3-encoding even
The best way to use this software is to get one file and
compile in a number of different formats to test the size
SOFTWARE – STREAMING
There are a few different ways of streaming your new audio
files. If you have Macromedia products you can simple
organize this your self however there are some great third
party programs around that will do it all for you at a
fraction of the cost.
MP3 SOUND STREAM
This is a simple piece of software that takes any mp3 or
wav audio and converts the whole file into a swf file and
then attaches a button so that viewers can listen on a web
page without needing to download any extra software. This
is because the flash plugin is on 98% of computes and if
not it will automatically detect and load the small plugin.
This is great for anyone not wanting to get into all the
technical aspects of streaming audio.
You will not need to reduce your files at all with this
program as it does it all for you. This is perfect for
anyone wanting to stream one file at a time and wants to
do it quickly and efficiently. It will stream even over
most modem connections.
For people wanting to stream a number of files then
MSIJukebox is a great alternative. This software lets you
choose any number of mp3 files and then organizes them
using an XML file. By using the above free programs you
can significantly reduce the size of these files to save
Because MSIJukebox streams the actual mp3 you can also
have a lot higher quality playback including stereo files.
This is much better for those wanting to stream a number
of very high quality mp3 files.
So there you have it. A complete studio set up for under
$100. Just download all the free software and purchase any
of the streaming audio products that you want. You can
then create, edit and manipulate any audio files you like.
You will also be able to add these audios to your website.
With the web surfer becoming much more "web
savvy" than they were a year ago, they are expecting
not only information but also an entertaining web
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