The San Diego Union-Tribune had an interesting article on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 entitled "How Can I Preserve My Family's Memories?" by Jennifer Davies. The article has practical tips on how to capture the message, timing, location, preparation work, and other great suggestions related to recording audio memories.
On the technology side, Jennifer recommended the following potentially helpful resources:
Other technology options that I might consider recommending is a good USB microphone connected to a computer or if you wanted a hand held unit, I've read good reviews about Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder (but I've not used one).
I started a new media/advertising tracking side project over on Twitter with a new account called adwatch.
I'm going to tweet references to content providers and their advertisements that I find interesting from the media that gets into my attention stream.
If you want to participate you can send me a link @adwatch, RT a post you find interesting, or you can just add your own by tagging #adwatch in your related tweets. The search stream for #adwatch is the feed I'm going to be interested in.
I've had this idea for a while to see where and how advertisers and new media content creators are coming together, and this seemed like the easiest way to get started. Plus, it is as open as possible and not something that is closed like other services.
If you have any other thoughts or ideas, please either add a comment to this post or drop me a message via adwatch @ Twitter.
There is a new version of Audacity v1.3.7 (beta) and I've loaded it up on my Mac Book Pro. I used it to mix down the Jersey Boys Podcast #66 without any issues. I've been using the previous version - v1.3.6 (beta) - without any major problems, and I consider this release to be production quality.
Some of what I think are the most important fixes and updates include:
Fixed periodic exported stereo files issues
Fixes for Nyquist effects, Compressor and Noise Removal
Fixed WAV corrupted issue related toi overwriting the same file
MP3 and WMA now export correctly with all supported metadata
Platform-specific bugs for: Vista, Windows, Mac, Linux
Improved F11 Full Screen mode
Improved Windows DirectSound API support
Improved latency correction using fixed correction value
I have created a set of WAV files that will make up my examples and demos that folks who are attending might want to download if they plan to try to follow along during the presentation. The link is here (34-MBs .zip file).
I also have posted a copy of my Audacity 101 DAU eLearning 2008 workshop slides in PDF format, and a link to a Blip.TV movie that includes the screencasts that are embedded in the presentation. Unfortunately the movie is not sync'd with audio so you have to work your way through them without narration.
NOTE: I will be doing my demos at PME 2008 using the Audacity v1.3.5 (beta) release.
Both Paul and Victor Cajiao at the Typical Mac User Podcast helped me setup the configuration of my unit - which is done manually with a small screw driver. I also borrowed Paul's unit diagram of a Telos One for my picture. Thanks Paul!
I am pretty happy with how this is working now, but I would recommend doing some post production processing on the phone track (usually your guest) with something like SoundSoap.
If you are new to podcasting, audio editing, or to the open source multi-platform Audacity audio editing and production tool, then this will be a great session for you to attend. This year's expo looks to be as good or better than previous years.
If you can't wait for New Media Expo 2008, here are some references that I've done on the topic of audio editing with Audacity:
NOTE: There is an audio version of my Podcast Academy 3 presentation in the archives of Podcast Academy, but those are being transferred from GigaVox Media at this time and are offline. As soon as link becomes available, I'll post it.
The article also mentioned the option of ebook publishing using the site PayLoadz.com. They provide a service to sell downloadable items such as: ebooks, software, music, movies, digital art, manuals, articles, certificates, forms, files, etc.
The most interesting thing about the article was that Kevin did a little test where he wanted to make $1.50 a purchase no matter what medium or method. He sold them on Amazon for $9 (using B&W batch printing), then on Lulu for $27 (color print on demand), and then as a $2 PDF version on PayLoadz.com. In the end he sold 10x the number via digital than print, but still made the same amount per transaction. Neat!