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How Do I Create a Podcast?
Please note that all four group study rooms within the computer center have podcasting stations.
Step
Procedure
1
Position Microphone
Position the Podcasting Microphone (Samson C01U USB Studio Condenser):
1. Make sure the microphone is plugged into a USB port on the USB hub in the center of the table.
2. Pull the microphone out near your seating position.
3. Loosen the knob on the side.
4. Swivel or rotate the microphone into the desired position
5. Re-tighten the knob on the side.
Choose either Audacity or Propaganda to record, edit, and export your podcast:
1. If you choose Audacity, go on to Step 2.
2. If you choose Propaganda, go on to Step 3 (recommended).
Loosen/Tighten
Plugged into
Knob to Swivel
USB Hub
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Step
Procedure
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Recording using Audacity
Go to Start
All Programs
Podcasting
Audacity 1.3 Beta (Unicode)
If prompted by "Choose Language for Audacity to use:" for "Audacity First Run" select a language & click OK
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Step
Procedure
Once Audacity is running, click the red Record button (red circle button at the top-left of the window).
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Audacity will automatically and instantly begin recording.
You should notice a new Audio Track appear & a blue graph when you speak into the microphone.
If no blue graph appears when you speak into the microphone on the new Audio Track, try the following:
1. In the upper right part of the window, there is a drop down box with the options CD Player, Microphone,
Line In, Phone, Mono Out, & Wave Out Mix. Make sure the chosen option is Microphone.
2. Next to the drop down box, there is a slider to the right of a microphone icon between a ` ` and ` + `
symbol. Make sure the slider is all the way to the right.
3. Go to Start
Control Panel, then choose Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices, and finally choose
Sounds and Audio Devices. Go to the Audio tab and make sure "Samson C01U" is selected under
"Sound Recording" "Default device:". Also, under the Voice tab, make sure "Samson C01U" is
selected under "Voice Recording" "Default device:". Lastly, click the Volume... button under "Voice
Recording" and make sure the slider is not at the bottom & the "Mute All" checkbox is not checked.
Record Button
Troubleshooting
New
(See Above)
Audio Track
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To stop the recording, click the yellow Stop button (yellow square button at the top-left of the window).
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Audacity will stop recording and allow you to use this Audio Track for other purposes & exporting.
If you would like to hear your project/track(s) played back, click the green Play button.
Stop Button
Play Button
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Procedure
If you would like to add new tracks to this recording, go back to Step 2b (click the red Record button again).
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Another Audio Track will be added to the project & you will hear playback of the previous track(s) while recording
on a new track.
Record Button
New
Audio Track
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Procedure
If you plan to continue to work on this project in the future, go to File
Save Project to save this project as an
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Audacity Project ( *.aup ).
Choose an appropriate file name & location and click Save.
That project can be opened again by either double-clicking on the file or going to File
Open... within Audacity
and choosing the *.aup file that you just saved.
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Procedure
If you are finished working on this project & want to publish these tracks as an audio file for use elsewhere (eg.
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on a website, for distribution, etc), go to File
Export As... and then choose from one of the following options:
WAV... - Best Quality, Largest File Size (uncompressed)
MP3... - Good Quality, Smaller File Size (compressed)
The other three options (Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MP2) are all compressed audio file formats that work as well,
however they are not as widely supported as WAV & MP3 (recommended).
After selecting an option, choose an appropriate file name & location and click Save.
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Step
Procedure
After playback, if you notice that the sound is too soft or muffled, try the following:
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1. In Audacity on the left side of the Audio Track, there is a slider underneath the buttons Mute and Solo
which you can slide between a ` ` and a ` + `.
2. Slide it to the right to increase the gain at +3 dB intervals (increase at small intervals each time)
3. Choose Play again to test playback. If the track is still too muffled, slide the slider to the right again.
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Step
Procedure
If you would like to upload your podcast directly to a website, go to File
Upload File...
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The window "Audacity FTP" will show enter in the following information:
Name: any name that will be used to help you identify this site in the future under "Site Manager"
Host: the host or IP address of your web or FTP server (eg. domain.com, 128.32.0.1, etc)
Username: the username used to login to your web or FTP server
Password: the password used to login to your web or FTP server
Then click Connect. Once connected, click Upload File.
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How Do I Create a Podcast? (Continued)
Step
Procedure
3a
Recording using Propaganda
Go to Start
All Programs
Podcasting
Propaganda
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Step
Procedure
When Propaganda loads, a Tutorial will also load. Propaganda is much like Audacity, however it uses a much
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more streamlined process & has a easier-to-use user interface.
Tutorial playback controls are located in the bottom left of the Tutorial window. Also, before continuing on, make
sure the "Always show this tutorial at start up" checkbox is checked in case you would like to refer back to
this tutorial in the future.
If you have any further questions about Propaganda, please ask at the Front Desk.
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