Tips & Tricks

The pages listed in this section contain a variety of tips and tricks related to live interactive webcasting.

Audacity Tutorial for podcaster

There are probably more and good tutorials about Audacity this is a basic one...


Before your first webcast

What are the things we need to get started before the first day.

Checks before the show starts.

  • Check the Internet connection and Skype by calling "Skype Test Call" lady. Ensure that the voice is clear on both ends of the conversation.
  • Start Audacity (if you plan to record the conversation) and set the recording to an appropriate source to record both ends of the conversation. On some computers it could be "Wave Out Mix", while others may have to use "What You Hear". Start recording and call the Skype lady again. After the test, ensure that both ends were recorded with appropriate sound levels.
  • Ensure that the streaming server (Shoutcast or any other server that will be used) is available, and you have access priviliges for streaming.
  • If other people are going to join in for an interview or discussion, request them to check their mic and speakers.
  • Make a list of all important points that will be covered in the talk.
  • If the talk is schedule bound then having a software timer set with little alarms or screen flashes will help keeping up the schedule.
  • Check your bandwidth connection

    You can test the speed of your internet connection (upload and download) by using one of the sites listed below:

    Few tips for laptop and WI-FI users

    If you would like to stream your show from a laptop, you have to be aware of at least one thing. Some programs (Oddcast for sure) refuse to connect to the stream-server if you are running laptop from you battery. Secondly, using WI-FI (wireless internet) connection for live webcasting may not be a good idea. When you are webcasting, you are sending 'connection packages' on a constant basis and WI-FI internet is not stable enough for such operation (I've experienced it myself).

    To test the speed of your internet connection, try something like
    this Internet Speed Test

    How to prevent Skype from automatically adjust your volume settings

    From Conrad...

    In Windows, go to...

    Documents and settings
    Your profile name
    Application data
    Use any text editor like Word Pad or Word to open and edit this file, as shared.xml is a real text file
    Nearly at the end you will find

    <AGC>0</AGC> <-------------------------------------- add this line

    Edit this and SAVE
    Don’t forget to shutdown Skype before doing this.
    Skype will not allow any changes while running!
    You must set the signal volume now manually for best quality 

    Mac usb headset problems

    I was having major issues getting the audio to come out of my logitech headset. It got to be strange when the problem occured on both my laptop and desktop macs. I little search took me to 'macosxhints'. "Opening Audio Midi Setup and toggling from '2ch-16bit' to '1ch-16bit' (pausing to adjust the volume to cause it to make noise, just because) and then back to '2ch-16bit' seems to make it work consistently."

    I was relieved and please that this seems to have resolved the issue.

    Screencast - USB Headset set-up for Mac

    I have created a screencast to show mac users how to set up their headsets for sound, skype and Nicecast.  Try the trick described above as well since often if one trick does not work for you another will.

    How to Set-up a USB Headset for Mac Skype & Nicecast


    Mind map software

    I've used CMap software at:

    Collaborative mindmapping via Mind42



    Show Management

    This is the main page for show management information

    Managing Echo in Broadcasting

    Tonight was filled with new adventures. In order to cut out the clicking noise that I was recording every time I muted my external mic, I got a new Platronics headset with built in mic. So far it is wonderful and has an easy to control mute button. Tonight in order to manage better what has become a big skypecast and to take some pressure off the broadcasting machine, we tried something new. I broadcast from my trusty Apple G5 tower. I hijacked Skype as always and brought the participants into the Skype call. When I called into the skypecast, I got a terrible echo. Here's what was happening and the solution (thanks to Jeff, the ultimate detective!!) On my HP tablet, I signed into Skype as a different user (teachersusanettenheim) and hosted the Skypecast. On my Apple, I called into the Skypecast (as user susanettenheim). On the tablet (XP), under Call, choosing mute microphone got rid of the echo but then the people in the Skypecast couldn't hear me or the main people in the Skype call. It was only when I unmuted me (susanettenheim), the user who had called into the Skypecast from the broadcasting Apple machine that they could hear me and the echo was gone. Think that one over and comment here to add to our new mystery!!

    Testing out i-Sound WMA MP3 Recorder 6.60 Professional

    Thanks to a remark from Bengt I have started out testing this amazing software: i-Sound WMA MP3 Recorder 6.60 Professional

    Start here to read about using this recording both ends of a Skype-call.

    And this was interesting:" In fact, with a bit of effort, and luck on your side, you may be able to record a Skype conversation using the good old Windows Sound Recorder. To do this you need to uncheck the option to ‘Let Skype adjust my sound device’ setting (In Skype, select Tools, Options, Sound Devices). Then in the Windows Volume Control, make sure that the Microphone Mute checkbox is unchecked. In the recording control, select ‘Wave Out Mix’ or ‘Stereo Mix’ or similar (the name varies). Now, make that Skype call and see if you can record. We are grateful to the developer of the i-Sound Recorder for providing this useful tip."

    Looks like this progam will work for us - anyone else tried this out/payed for it?

    Manuel here

    More info and download:

    First impression: delicat layuot, many avanced settings, fix setting for stereo-mix!, able to record mp3-tunes paid for in iTunes - and closed by Apple :-)

    Testing 14-11-06
    Recording from Skype (always this LADY!) went OK - but i have to use Audio Repeater still to get my voice in

    Recording and streeming with SAM vent OK - but the settings in SAM - Encoder ->rightklikk the encoderinfo (a+b sandboxchannel) -> select source->Soundcard-> Choose your soundcard (this seems to change without warning!)

    Testing with filters in i-sound was not good - refused to record?

    When the recording is sent to an MP3 file (set i i-sound->CODEX->MP3)

    I can open this in Audacity to make the cosmetic afterwork! - Nice!

    I will go for paying for this software -  I belive?

    Other testers? - please tell your storry here - perhaps we are on the track of a better - and more smart solution for recording without audacity






    Program to use Xinha extention in Firefox to have better control with the textinput in the bodytext.