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Webcast Report - Lee Baber

Webcasting Setup:

Hardware

  • PowerBook G4
  • Mac OS X - Version 10.4.7
  • Memory - 512 MB DDR SDRAM
  • Wireless AirPort Extreme
  • Shure SM-57 microphone
  • M-audio FastTrack

Software

  • Nicecast - streaming and recording
  • Skype
  • WireTapPro - recording
  • Audacity
  • GarageBand

I have used a Planetronics headset with mic and mic mute/headphone volume controls, a usb LogiTech mic, and am now experimenting with an M-Audio FastTrack recording interface (mic pre-amp and digital converter) with a Shure SM-57 mic.

For me the biggest hurdle initially was broadcasting from within the school network. I could not connect to the stream due to filters at school so I had to be connected by the home team (Dave, Jeff, Alex, etc) and host from Skype which does work at school.

Streaming works well other locations but I had to work on making sure all the audio settings on the mac were set correctly so the guests and I could both be heard on the stream.By watching the audio LEDs in Nicecast, I know if I am getting a signal from my voice as well as from the participants joining me. Echo/Sound Test Service (echo123 in Skype) will give you a connection to test this detail. My only advice is practice broadcasting and recording more than once before your official show begins, and listen to your recording for audio discrepancies. Murphy's law applies here for sure - count on everything going wrong - but keep trying. Its worth the effort.



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