How To Effortlessly Use Streaming Audio
By Gabriel Nijmeh
Are you looking to add professional impact to your website and newsletter for almost
little or no cost. How about introducing an audio ezine or other informative audio
stream to your web site?
With the amount of email and documentation that is being passed around, people are
becoming overwhelmed with the information overload. I know of a number of people who
because of their hectic multi-tasking schedules find it difficult to make the time
to sit back and read the books, magazines and articles that keep piling up. Instead
they pop in an audio book (CD or tape) while they are working, driving, or exercising
and "listen" to their books. This is an ideal way to maximize productivity and
learning in a short period of time.
What can you do with streaming audio?
• Record tips and tricks relevant to your field of expertise
• Record your entire ezine or portions of it in streaming audio format
• Record interviews with other business owners, subject matter experts, and/or customers
• Make announcements about new products, services or specials
• Record a speech or talk that you have given
• Start your own "radio station" or web cast.
• Post your audio on various MP3 audio sites just like you would with articles.
Streaming audio is another effective communication method to share your knowledge in
an interactive way. You are reaching out across the world and adding warmth and a
trusted voice to your loyal visitors and readers. You are only limited by your imagination
because you probably already have the tools on hand to create some great audio.
If you haven't thought about this because you think that it might cost you too much
time or money, let me give you an idea of how easy it is.
What do you need?
2. Audio Recording Software
3. Sound Card
That's it! It's rather easy to do and won't require too much of your time or require a
fancy recording studio. Your computer, an inexpensive microphone and audio software that
lets you record, edit and mix puts you in full command of your own home recording studio.
There are quite a number of free to inexpensive audio shareware tools that you can download.
For example, MP3 Audio Mixer - www.acoustica.com
is a great tool that helps you record and mix your audio. So, if you want to add a music intro or do
fading between segments, MP3 Audio Mixer makes it a snap. You can add background music, intro and
outro music or just about any other sounds you think would add impact to your streaming audio presentation.
Another good tool you might consider is Super MP3 Recorder -
www.supermp3recorder.com, which lets
you record through your microphone, record an existing streaming audio file from the
Internet or even music from your CD player or MP3 player.
With your software of choice and a decent microphone (in my experience a simple $10
microphone has been more than effective for voice recordings), you plug it directly
into your sound card, hit the record button on your audio software and start recording.