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Mic and Equipment advice for hypnosis cd

Permanent link to this post Posted by acomisp » Tue May 26, 2009 9:02 pm

Hello,

I am interested in creating audio cd's of hypnosis session.

What kind of mic and equipment should I get to record a cd using a windows xp computer?
The computer has a mic and headphone port, usb port, the standard ports.

I guess this would fall under like podcasting.

There are two ways I want to record.
The first way I want to record is to sit down and talk to the mic and then go back and add music track to the recording.
The second way I want to record is a live hypnosis session and to be able to pause the recording and start the recording again to get the different area I just want to record. Then create a audio cd and give it the the client while they wait for it.

I wonder if the second way is easy to do and how long it would take to create the cd for the client?

Thanks for the help!
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Re: Mic and Equipment advice for hypnosis cd

Permanent link to this post Posted by kozikowski » Wed May 27, 2009 2:27 pm

The choice of microphone boils down to how far away from the computer you can get. A USB microphone can be delightful, but you can never separate yourself from the computer by more than one USB cable. Noisy computers need not apply.

This is a reasonable, cheap USB desk microphone I was able to get to work with Mac Audacity.

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/webca ... 1&cl=US,EN

It's noise cancelling, so you can use it in a slightly noisy room, but the fidelity isn't perfect because of that. You wouldn't be happy singing into it. That's for one announcer

From there it's basic editing.

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual- ... rials.html

You can pause an Audacity recording at any time by pressing Pause. Pause again to resume. Don't worry about making mistakes or recording too much. You can cut and edit the final recording to tighten it up.

A common newbie mistake is to try to "record a single live perfect performance." Nobody does that. The idea behind editor software is to assemble the show from shards and fragments. Record the first five minutes before lunch and the last five minutes after. When you get done cutting it together, nobody can tell you had a bologna and mayonnaise sandwich in the middle.

To create a Music CD, Export the performance as WAV (Audacity doesn't Save sound files), drop the resulting WAV sound file into your burning/authoring program and burn. iTunes will certainly do this and I think Windows Media will, too. Most Windows People opt for separate software. Almost all Mac people use iTunes.

You will run into competing requirements. The faster you burn the CD the more likely it is to fail, but nobody wants to wait until your CD drive gets done clicking and whirring. Never let a PC go to maximum speed. That will almost certainly create beer mats instead of Music CDs.

Use high quality blanks. I use Sony CD-R blanks (Office Depot, Staples). I have not created a beer mat in years.

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