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Checklist for recording setup

Checklist for Audio Setup to Webcast in Windows

Stuff in bold may vary in name on your machine

Jeff's Screencast on this
_ Set up audio settings in Windows (right click on speaker icon at lower right of screen)

_ Open Volume Controls
_ Options; Properties
_ Select Recording (make sure that Mixer Device is sound card); OK
_ Select Stereo Mix check box and close
_ Open Audacity; Plug in USB mic
    _ Pull-down menu input device s/b Stereo Mix
    _ NOW open audio repeater
_ Click STOP button to adjust settings
_ Set Wave in to AK5370
_ Set Wave out to sound card
_ Set Total Buffers to 100
_ Set BPS 22 or 24
_ Buffers 16
_ Channels Stereo/2
_ Priority High
_ Click on START button
_ Volume control for mic setup
_ Select Properties
_ Select AK5370/USB mic as device on Playback and you will get a volume control for that device.

Audio Checklist for Streaming on Windows/SimplCast

Checklist for Audio Setup to Webcast in Windows: Streaming
Jeff's Screencast on this

First part is just like for recording. If you aren't recording, skip opening Audacity, but do the rest...
_ Set up audio settings in Windows (right click on speaker icon at lower right of screen)
_ Open Volume Controls
_ Options; Properties
_ Select Recording (make sure that Mixer Device is sound card); OK
_ Select Stereo Mix check box and close
_ Open Audacity; Plug in USB If you are not recording, you can skip the next two steps
    _ Pull-down menu input device s/b Stereo Mix
    _ NOW open audio repeater
_ Click STOP button to adjust settings
_ Set Wave in to AK5370
_ Set Wave out to sound card
_ Set Total Buffers to 100
_ Set BPS 22 or 24
_ Buffers 16
_ Channels Stereo/2
_ Priority High
_ You may want to wait to start...
_ Volume control for mic setup
_ Select Properties
_ Select AK5370/USB mic as device on Playback and you will get a volume control for that device.
This is where you are setting up for streaming
_ Check out this to get info on links, logins for Sandbox
_ Login to ShoutCast; this will tell you if anyone is on
_ Get on Listen Page (this could be done later--I like it out of the way)
_ Open up SimpleCast; click start
_ If it is the first time, set up encoders click on ENCODERS button
_ Click on + to add encoder
_ Converter Tab
_ MP3; 64kps @ 44100 or 22050
_ ShoutCast; Server details here; give it a name
_ Stream archive (this will create a raw audio)
_ Click okay
_ Make sure that Audio Repeater has started
_ Start recording in Audacity
_ Click Start triangle on Encoders page and you will be streaming
_ Go to the Listen Page refresh, and you should see stream. Click on play to confirm you are streaming.
_ When you are done, click on stop in encoder and Audacity and power off in SimpleCast
_ Save Audacity as MP3 look for raw audio stream and you are ready to edit

Alice, this is great and

Alice, this is great and really adds to the body of work that helps everyone! What is especially great is the way you bolded the parts that could be different on different systems. 

Susan Ettenheim

Checklist Kudos

Great work Alice - we've often talked about creating checklists, but haven't really gotten around to it. Now I'm thinking it should be part of the graduation process.

Webcasting Procedures - Windows Set-up

 This the process I used to walk Robin Ellis in recording two way audio.  I would add that getting control of mic level (last step) is important.  It controls your audio; (capture) when streaming it can be very loud.  You can manually bring volume level down when not speaking.  It helps the quality of the audio.  If you press on the mute button on usb mic it creates a loud click. It then becomes a task to edit out in post production.--- Jose Rodriguez
Educational Technologist Working with 21st Century Learners;  Currently; 3rd Grade and Adult ESL  teacher from Los Angeles, CA (USA)  It's Elementary Webcast. Blog; Coordinator's Office 



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