Audio Recording Software and Podcasts
Have a great idea for a class radio drama or want to save the sounds from your last field trip or lecture? You first need a program to convert those sounds into a computer file.
Many of these programs are easy to use, allowing you to quickly record and create sound files while exploring the other features and options as time permits.
Most vendors will allow you to download a trial version of their products. Select one or two that look interesting and give them a try.
Snapkast is an easy and powerful for preparing broadcasts of class resources or drama.
Their premise is that anyone with a little ambition and elbow grease can make a terrific podcast. Though creating a regular talk show is hard work, it's also part of the appeal. This site takes you thru the steps from choosing a theme and what you'll need to publicity.
Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds, available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.
Our webmaster has used it on a couple of projects with good results. Recommended!
Another recommended program, a little pricey, is Adobe Audition.
Includes everything you need for professional sounding results.
Not only can you record and edit sound, you can create original music using the included 5,000 royalty-free music loops.
For something completely different, check out Tetsuji Katsuda's free Automated Composing System.
You can make your own original music -- select the Internet Application link. All you have to do is select a music style.
The Automated Composing System generates Ethnic Music such as Okinawa music (Japan Traditional), Scotland music and Andes music, Gamelan music as well as Western pops and Classical Music.
Tetsuji's site also includes a number of Music rooms where you can explore different styles of music, with example MIDI files you can listen to.
PG Music offers reasonably priced sound software, including Power Tracks Pro (sound editing) and Band-in-A-Box (music creation).
EdSurge has a podcast showcasing two excellent examples of student podcast work.
First, three 5th graders from the Park School in Brookline, MA share with us an immigrant's journey from Uganda to the United States.
Then, in a segment created especially for this podcast, three high school students from Oxon Hill High School in Maryland debate whether technology should be used more or less in school.
Effects like reverb, delay, flanger, and distortion to add a measure of fun to your "productions". But use them sparingly.