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Audio Online

Introduction

Audio online is becoming an increasingly important tool for broadcasters to increase their listenership, share programmes and increase their profile and the profile of important stories. It is also a valuable outlet for NGOs who produce audio and want to distribute it widely. In this section, resources on the general, technical and content aspects of audio online and web radio will be presented. Additional resources are available in Albanian, Bosnian, French, Portuguese and Serbian on the other languages page.

Audio Online - Basics

Introduction to digital editing

Developed by: OneWorld Radio
Type of resource: Word document
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

This MMTK guide covers

  • What are the most common audio formats?
  • How to find further information on digital audio
  • Where to look for information
  • Which software is used for encoding and where to find it
  • Specifications for working with digital audio.

This guide is a part of the MMTK module on digital audio.

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Sound World: Digital Audio for Your Web site and more

Developed by: TechSoup
Type of resource: Web article
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Brief introduction to audio formats and links to software and tutorials.

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Encoding

Developed by: OneWorld Radio
Type of resource: Word documennt
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

This guide looks at:

  • What equipment is needed for digital editing
  • How to connect the recording device
  • How the profile of the target audience influences the way we digitise our audio
  • Which software is needed for encoding into MP3/RealAudio.
  • How and where to find encoding software.
  • Basic functions of encoding software.

This guide is a part of the MMTK module on digital audio.

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Audio Online Glossary

Developed by: OneWorld Radio
Type of resource: Word document
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

The list of those words that everybody is using when talking about digitised audio and you were to embarrassed to ask what they meant! This is part of the MMTK Digital Audio module.

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Audio Online - Technical tips and tricks

Minidisc Guide Guidelines & Recommendations

Developed by: Transom.org
Type of resource: website
Target audience: General, Trainers
Cost: Free access

Guidelines and Recommendations on whether & how to use MiniDiscs for recording and interviewing

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Digital archiving of audio content using WINISIS and Greenstone software: a manual for community radio managers

Developed by: UNESCO
Type of resource: Downloadable PDF
Target audience: General, Trainers, Information intermediaries
Cost: Free access

This self-instructional handbook is aimed at helping managers of community and FM radio stations, public service broadcasting agencies and any other organizations that deal with audio files create prototype archives of digital audio documents.

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Community Radio Training Resources

Developed by: KamPra Productions: Kamal Bhushan Prashar
Type of resource: Web site
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Radio training, editing and production notes developed through field testing and feedback in Europe and Asia. Digital editing, recording and broadcasting notes as well as production notes.

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Editing your audio [Soundforge]

Developed by: OneWorld
Type of resource: World document
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

This guide looks at:

  • Recording sound in to the computer from an external audio device (tape recorder, minidisk, DAT).
  • Basic sound editing using Sound Forge.
  • Transforming the audio, eliminate noise and create sound effects.
  • Influencing sound quality and size of the audio file using Sound Forge functions.
  • Choosing digitising/recording settings of the audio bearing in mind different audiences.

This handout is a part of the MMTK module on digital audio.

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Audio Online - Podcasting

Audiofeeds.org tutorial

Developed by: Audio feeds.org
Type of resource: Online tutorial
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

This short tutorial looks at what a podcast is and how to set one up.

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Creating a Podcasting Show on Windows

Developed by: Zef Hernel
Type of resource: PDF
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Zef Hemel produced this detailed how-to manual on how to create podcasts using Windows, as opposed to Macintosh, using free and open source tools. Available in PDF and a website with user comments, the manual provides screen shots, tips, and encouragement on recording using windows, sound editing, RSS feeds and web hosts for pod casts. Very accessible language for non-technical folks.

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How to Create Podcasts with a Smartphone

Developed by: Andy Carvin
Type of resource: Web article
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Andy Carvin talks about "mobcasting" - pod casting using a mobile phone for citizen activism and journalism. He developed this tutorial on how to record and transmit podcasts using a "smartphone" - a mobile phone with internet access.

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How to Create Your Own Podcast: A Step by Step Tutorial

Developed by: Electronics and Gadgets' Corey Deitz
Type of resource: Web site
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

About Electronics and Gadgets' Corey Deitz gives a simple podcast overview and step by step instructions on podcasting, using plain language, including recording audio and saving in mp3 files, creating an RSS file to facilitate your podcasts reaching others, and file validation.

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How to podcast with Skype

Developed by: Vitamin
Type of resource: Web article
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Josh Owens shows you how to record quality audio using Skype on a PC and Mac.

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Podcast Tutorial and Intro

Developed by: Audio Activism
Type of resource: Web site
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

This Audio Activism guide to podcasting covers a wide range of tools and technical levels, with links to other resources and handy tips for newcomers to podcasting. The tutorial takes into consideration Linux, Windows and Mac operating systems for producing podcasts. The tutorial includes podcast creation, sharing and reception.

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Podcasting Overview

Developed by: Wikipedia
Type of resource: Web site
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Wikipedia offers an overview article on podcasting, defining this publishing method for audio and video programs via the internet. The overview includes information about aggregators, where syndicated web content such as podcast files are grouped so that one can select those of interest, as well as "tagging", to be able to label and find the podcasts you want.

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Audio Online - General

Digital Audio Production

Developed by: OneWorld
Type of resource: MS Word files
Target audience: General, Trainers
Cost: Free access

This workshop kit for trainers includes introductions to digital editing, encoding, Cool Edit and Sound Forge. Part of the Multimedia Training Kit.

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Message in-a-box: Audio

Developed by: Tactical Technology Collective (TTC)
Type of resource: web site
Target audience: General, Trainers
Cost: Free access

The audio section of Message in-a-box will help you create audio content that is powerful and relevant, and to distribute it to audiences using radio, CDs, public spaces and the internet. It also provides a number of case studies that show the many ways audio can be used in human rights advocacy work. This resource is available on CD for off line browsing.

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Web Radio - General

DarkIce

Developed by: Tyrell Hungary
Type of resource: WebSite
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

DarkIce is an IceCast, IceCast2 and ShoutCast live audio streamer. It takes audio input from a sound card, encodes it into mp3 and/or Ogg Vorbis, and sends the streams to one or more IceCast, ShoutCast and/or IceCast2 servers. In combination with IceCast, it is an excellent tool to generate online radio stations.

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ICECAST

Developed by: ICECAST
Type of resource: WebSite
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Icecast is an audio broadcasting system that streams music in the Ogg Vorbis format, and is available under the terms of the GNU GPL. In combination with DarkIce, it is an excellent tool to generate web radio.

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BBC Training: Radio

Developed by: BBC
Type of resource: Web article
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

The BBC offers a series of on-line radio courses which cover all aspects of technical and operational radio skills. There are four courses focussing on the use of Cool Edit Pro (also available in shareware but with fewer features), which range from recording basics to editing to mixing down. The courses do require a broadband connection and are of ten to fifteen minute duration. * getting started with Cool Edit Pro - recording, saving and playing audio

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NGO-in-a-Box: Audio and Video edition

Developed by: Tactical Technology
Type of resource: Software downloads and resources
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

"The Audio and Video edition of NGO-in-a-Box is a toolkit that lowers the entry level for NGOs, non-profits and media activists wanting to use audio and video for social change. It is a collection of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) tools, documentation and tutorials that introduce you to the world of FOSS and the low-cost technology that is transforming the balance of forces in the realm of media production."

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Audio Online - Software

Audicity: Free sound editing tools

Developed by: Audacity team
Type of resource: Software
Target audience: General
Cost: Free access

Audacity is an audio editor available free of charge for all operating systems. It can be used to record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, AIFF, and MP3 files, edit sounds using Cut, Copy and Paste (with unlimited Undo), mix tracks together, or apply effects to your recordings.

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