The Making of the Urban Dharma Podcast -
is a short 'how to' on the making of the Urban
First off, I needed an Audio Recorder, but which one...
I chose the Olympus
DS2 after going to Amazon.com and
audio recorders. I then walked to a local radio shack
and bought two lapel
mic's and splitter for my talks and interviews.
from the start, I wanted to record live presentations...
There is a certain energy a speaker and audience create,
I wanted to capture that. The DS2 is small and fits nicely
in a pocket... I set the sound at 'High Quality
Mono', which gives me a little over 4 hours of recording
time, and the lapel mic allows me to roam around and
interact with the audience.
use my PC Desktop and the 'DSS Player' software for editing
and archiving files (there
is a small charge to upgrade the 'DSS Player' software).
I use the DS2 to record the introduction and ending,
which I then join to the original talk using the 'DSS
next step is to download the completed .WMA file into
a 'Flash Drive' so I can transfer it to my 'Mac Mini.'
'Mac Mini' enables
me to create and publish the podcast to the internet.
the Mac Mini I convert the .WMA file into an .MP3 file
using a shareware ('EasyWMA')...
Now it's time to open 'Podcast Maker'... It takes the converted
MP3 file, tags it and creates
the finished product... I find 'Podcast Maker' easy and
intuitive use. I publish the completed podcast into my
local 'Dreamweaver' podcast
and FTP it to the internet. I use 'Bluehost'
for web hosting... They allow me 2000 gigs of bandwidth
transfer a month... Podcasts can really eat
bandwidth... Urban Dharma as of January 2007,
uses between 100 and 200 gigs of bandwidth a month, so
plenty of room for growth.
are many ways to do a podcast, this is the one I came up
DS-2 / Digital Audio Recorder
Amazon.com Review - The advantages of digital voice recorders
are numerous: superior sound, long recording times, and the
memory (much handier than hauling around several microcassettes).
Enter the high-performance Olympus DS-2, which makes professional
interviewing and dictation easy and efficient. With 64 MB of
internal memory delivering up to 22 hours of total recording
time in Long Play mode, the device is great for archiving long
meetings or lectures, or for researching huge projects that
require dozens of interviews. Users also have the choice of
recording at several other speeds, including extreme high-quality
modes that offer far less recording time (as little as one
hour and five minutes) but much better audio resolution. The
latter modes are more suitable for recording soft voices or
when taking down complex song ideas--a process that's further
assisted by the built-in stereo microphone designed to pick
up all sides of a conversation with equal clarity.
The DS-2 is a breeze to use thanks to its straightforward front
panel, from which users can quickly access or move files (the
recorder comes with five folders, each capable of holding 199
files), set the alarm, or change the recording mode. Multitasking
users will also delight in the voice activation function, which
enables hands-free recording--a must when you're busy taking
notes. Voice activation also saves battery life by powering off
when no sound is detected. And when you just don't have time
to attend to the details on the spot, you can set the DS-2 to
record automatically over a fixed span. Simply enter the start
and end times and the timer function is ready to go.
And though the DS-2 is primarily a recorder, the package comes
with DSS Player software for editing and archiving files. The
software offers a nice way to delete long silences, eliminate
small talk, or combine two small but related passages into one
large statement. Users can then transfer the files (they record
in high-compression DSS and WMA formats) to a PC or Mac via the
included USB docking station and cable. Once transferred, you
can save them in perpetuity while freeing up the internal memory
to record other interviews or meetings.
Additional features include a backlit LCD screen that shows
the date, time, battery life, and more; 3.5 mm headphone and
microphone jacks for added flexibility; and several basic and
advanced playback options, including slow, fast, skip, and repeat.
And best of all, the variety of functions come packed in a chassis
that fits conveniently in your hand or pocket--quite unlike the
bulky tape recorders of yesteryear. The DS-2, which also comes
with a pair of earphones and a carrying case, runs for 18 hours
on a single pair of AAA batteries (included) and carries a one-year
in the Box - DS-2 voice recorder, USB docking
station, USB cable, stereo earphones, carrying case, DSS Player
software CD, two AAA batteries, user's
Radio Shack / Lapel Mic
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