Forour personal podcasts, we all used portable microphones, or built inmicrophones that were already available to us from our computers or smartphonesto record. Typically, it’s anything but difficult to record podcasts in thisera due to the fact that microphones are almost on every device we own.Nevertheless, the outcomes can sound better depending on the microphone used,however by setting aside a little opportunity to alter and edit them, you canenhance them to proficient measures. For our recording sessions, we all collectivelyused Audacity, which is an opensource, cross-platform audio software used for recording and editing, which is theideal programming for this. It’s structured, however shockingly simple toutilize, and is totally free. Whilecreating our podcasts, we made sure our voices were loud enough, and free fromtypical errors that come with recording. To do this, we made sure to decrease thelevels of outside excessive noise by toggling with the options, and increasedthe level of the recording volume, so that it would focus on our voices, ratherthan the noises around us.
As stated in the JournalOf Popular Music, by Kyle Devine, “Increasing a recording’s overall volumeis achieved using a technique called dynamic range compression, whereby thedifference in decibels between the quietest and loudest sections of a recordingis reduced. This is accomplished by electronically squishing the sound signal sothat the level of quieter sounds is nearer the level of the loudest ones.Compression thus raises not the peak but the average volume level of arecording” (Devine 2013) Furthermore, as we continued recording, we madesure the sounds, and quality of sound was loud and easily listenable. As we continuedcreating and editing our podcast, we used various mp3s, such as our PSAs, that wethen added to the file, to maximize the quality of the podcast. We then used someof the basic fade in and fade out editing options that we were askedto use in class, to fuse our speech and music in-between segments to help thepodcast flow naturally. Finally, As some of our audio files were extremely large,due to the longevity of the podcast, or quality of the overall file, we had tocompress the file to be smaller than what it was originally. To do this, wecompressed them into MP3 files instead of other formats of audio, because ofthe MP3’s capability to keep the same quality of the sound, while altering thelevel of megabytes it was saved in. As stated in The Mp3 As Cultural Artifact by Jonathan Sterne, “The point ofmp3s is to make audio files smaller through data compression so that they areeasier to exchange in a limited bandwidth environment such as the internet, andeasier to store in a limited data space environment, such as a hard drive” (Sterne2006) Audacity is essentially utilized for ahost of reasons.
To create podcasts for things like education, business or commercialreasons. In business, podcasts are typically utilized for marketing, promotionsor training. It also is utilized for news, and product administration orservice demonstrating. But essentially, the primary reason for podcasts is tobring issues to light among individuals, in a new and improved way. Messages onvital issues and opinionated topics can be conveyed to individuals through apodcast. Podcasting is also another approach to acquire money. One can earn agreat salary if their podcast is adequate and popular enough.
Moreover,podcasts empower individuals to instruct and teach others. For example, coursesare now accessible on podcast and video which was beforehand not accessible.This allows the individuals who have issues reading, to simply hear and see thecourse materials. Without programs like Audacity,it wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
Nonetheless, the significant advantage ofpodcasts is the socioeconomics and demographics it can reach. Podcastingempowers individuals to reach a significantly large audience due to advances intechnology, and the opportunity to tune in to your favorite podcast wheneveryou choose. Furthermore, podcasting is another approach to learn new languages.Rather than purchasing books to learn them, listening would be a simple, and effectiveapproach to learn, and enhance your language skills, and without Audacity, it would again, beunobtainable. Furthermore, using Audacity as our main technology to record andedit our podcasts was an excellent choice due to it easy, adaptive framework.
Asstated in a article by Danah Boyd, “Eachtechnology has its a affordances, and what’s powerful about certain technologyoften stems from these affordances. Consider asynchronicity, an affordance ofmany social media tools. Years ago, I interviewed an HIV- positive man whostarted blogging. When I asked him about his decision to start, he told me thatit helped him navigate social situations in a more comfortable manner” Essentially,Audacity’s affordance was its capability to easily download, while also havinga very user-friendly system to navigate, create, and edit through.