Category Archives: podcasting

Audio Formats: Garage Band to Audacity

I’ve found  a pirate version for Audacity so I’m transferring over to that program.

I have the option of exporting from Garage Band in Wave, MP3, AIFF, or AAC.

WAVE

Uncompressed audio format

Common in PCS

Waveform Audio File Format (WAVE, or more commonly known as WAV due to its filename extension – both pronounced “wave”[6])[3][7][8][9] (rarely, Audio for Windows)[10] is a Microsoft and IBM audio file format standard for storing an audio bitstream on PCs. It is an application of the Resource Interchange File Format (RIFF) bitstream format method for storing data in “chunks”, and thus is also close to the 8SVX and the AIFF format used on Amiga and Macintosh computers, respectively. It is the main format used on Windows systems for raw and typically uncompressed audio.

 

Commonly used for storing uncompressed (PCM), CD-quality sound files, which means that they can be large in size—around 10 MB per minute. Wave files can also contain data encoded with a variety of (lossy) codecs to reduce the file size (for example the GSM or MP3 formats).

AIFF

-Uncompressed audio format

-Could be considered the Apple equivalent of wav.

MP3 AAC

Formats with lossy compression.

 

Looks like AIFF is the right format for my uses.

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Getting Started Podcasting

I’ve loved podcasts for a long time. In my master’s in Feminism and Gender, they mentioned how radio was a medium for women, seeing as it’s something that people can listen to while they’re doing a million and one other things (like raising kids etc).

Although I’ve loved podcasts for years, I told myself that I had nothing interesting to say. I did an interview for a radio course while my mother was still alive, and they told me that my application and blog etc. was all great, but that my accent had gotten a weird twang through teaching English and only speaking Spanish in my spare time, and “no one liked a Joss Stone, not us, and not the yanks”.

I didn’t end up doing the course, as it was more news related, and I’d prefer to work in more documentary based/narrative media.

My favourite part of my dissertation was interviewing other women about their experiences in the dance community. From there, I started interviewing foreigners about their experiences in Bilbao. Luckily, I met my friend’s partner, who offered me the use of a studio at the radio station where he worked. I was made up. What an opportunity!

I put an ad on a Facebook group called Digital Soundgirls, which is a space where women share their experiences and support each other. I help an assistant professor with her Spanish, she helps me with editing.

The first hurdle was downloading pirate versions of the programs she suggested. As ever, a few worked, a few didn’t.

My tutor told me that it’s common practice in podcasting to generate a transcription of the whole audio, then start to edit. I knew from my master’s that this could take a looooong time, so I’m currently searching for solutions to this.

Uploading to Youtube:

For some reason it won’t work (even though I’ve changed the mp2s to a youtube friendly format).

Voice, Drive:

Won’t recognise my audio well, but does work great for voice typing, so a good discovery anyway.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking:

Too expensive for me at the moment.

 

Now I’m waiting to see if Temi can offer the service I’m looking for.

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Fingers crossed this is the solution to this tech problem!

Skilling up by yourself can be a little frustrating when you are trying different solutions, so I’m glad that I’m doing a skills exchange with a sound engineer to support me when I hit a wall.