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Converting Your Talk Show

After editing your talk show to your liking, you are ready to get it out to the world. But before you distribute it, you'll want to make sure your audio could be played on the largest audience. It doesn't help if your sound file is in a format that few people could play it on their computer or their digital music player (DMP). Plus, wave files are not necessary the smallest format, thus take more time to download. Although broadband is becoming increasingly popular, you might have audience on slower connections. Several years ago, I wrote about para-aesthetics in an article titled "How to keep image file size down to 50 KB". Para-aesthetics still apply today, and it will continue to apply tomorrow, no matter how fast network connection becomes.

So in this stage of Producing Your Talk Show, you'll want to convert your talk show to a popular format that is also efficient in file size. Today, that popular format is MP3. MP3 players are the hot cakes of last years shopping season. It will continue to be hot items in the future. It will soon become common hold-hold goods like Walkman of the eighties. So you will convert your Talk Show to the MP3 format in order to target the largest audience. And I will show you one way to do it.

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 16 Aug 2005 23:37:03 -0700

In this example, we will be using a program called "CD to MP3 Freeware" for Windows. CD to MP3 Freeware is a software that can extract audio tracks on Audio CD's to wave or MP3 files. It so happen that it can also encode wave files into MP3, perfect for our goal. We are still using Version 1.0 (see picture below), the latest is version 1.6, so the example may differ slightly, but the concept is the same.

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Chieh Cheng
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 09:13:27 -0700

Starting CD to MP3 Freeware

When you first start CD to MP3 Freeware, you may see a "Please check if have Audio CD in your CD device" as shown in the picture below. You will get this message if you didn't have an Audio CD in your CD-ROM drive. But ignore it by pressing "OK", because we are not extracting audio files.

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Chieh Cheng
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 09:23:41 -0700

Configuring CD to MP3 Freeware

If this is the first time using CD to MP3 Freeware for processing your talk show, you'll want to configure it to balance quality and file size. You only have to do this once, because CD to MP3 Freeware will save your settings. Click on the "Options" button (see picture above) to bring up the Options dialog box.

Output Options

In the "Output" tab (see picture below), locate your "Output directory"—that's where you want the converted MP3 file stored—by clicking on the "…" button.

Uncheck the "Delete WAV file after processing" check box, because you'll probably want to keep your original wave file. Remember that when sound is converted to MP3, some data are lost. This process is irreversible.

Choose "MP3 file(*.MP3)" in the "Output format" section.

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Output Options.png

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 09:31:52 -0700

LAME Options

Click on the "LAME Options" tab. The LAME options (see picture below) are very important, because you want to minimize your file size for the longest playing time. Many web sites, such as this one has a size limit on the file you can upload. This web site's limit is 2 MB. Because we are only talking, large bit rate and multi-channel stereo don't really help in providing quality. They only increase file size.

In the LAME Options tab, uncheck "Enable Variable Bitrate(VBR)". Select "32 kbit/s" for "Minimum bitrate". Choose "Slower encode/Higher quality" for "Speed/Quality". And select "Mono" for "Mode".

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Chieh Cheng
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 09:37:38 -0700

Encoding Your Wave File Into MP3

After configuring the CD to MP3 Freeware, you are ready to encode your audio file into MP3. Click on the "Encode" button from the software's main window. An open file dialog box will show up. Pick the file you want to encode and click on the "Open" button. CD to MP3 Freeware will then automatically convert your audio file into MP3. The MP3 file will be stored in the "Output directory(WAV/MP3)" that you configured earlier.

Now you are almost ready to upload your file. There is just one more step: Tagging Your Talk Show

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 28 Aug 2005 00:00:26 -0700

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