Twelve years ago God made this task all the more vivid and tangible for me, when he inspired me to write, perform, and record my first CD, It's a Miracle. It is the gospel message in song. At a time that everyone was looking for someone to "sign" them up for a record deal, the Lord led me to mp3.com.
Back then it was a project initiated as platform to expand the exposure of independent artists. The parallel for me would be reverbnation.com, and we'll learn more about them at another time. I was able to reach out to an audience, that I would never have reached at that time! Germans and Russians were emailing me about my music and how they could learn more about Jesus Christ. I was amazed to say the least.
Well here and now we find that technology has advanced in such fascinating proportions, that we the people appear dizzied by it all. The key is to simply pick one and understand it, then move on - if you need to. Today as we begin a reflection on digital audio broadcasting, you might want to begin with how will you utilize this technology. Well you can record singing, speaking, or any sound you can imagine. I utilize it for recording new music, bible studies, inspirational poems, audiobooks, as well as to create soundtracks. You're only limited by your imagination.
There are software companies that sell digital audio recording programs, but today we will focus on Audacity by Sound Forge. Guess what folks the beta version is currently free! So it is in the category of what we've been discussing as "right at your finger tips or in your hands." You will need a digital microphone or one compatible with the computer you wish to record on. I use the same tool for recording audio that I use to record digital video. That's right the Logitech Pro Webcam. It has a built-in mic and works well with the program. Audacity has so many great features, like noise-removal, special effects, compression features, smpte time-coding, and more. Audacity also affords you the opportunity to convert files into virtually any format. So go to http://audacity.sourceforge.net/, download the software and follow there instructions.
Let us know what you think of the software, the innovative way in which you used it, and hit me with questions you might have as well. Until later, remember to Be Creative!
Pastor E. Barber
Creative Media Solutions Designed for You
Emery Barber Pastors Shepherd's House OBC, East-NY Brooklyn with his wife Stephanie, Co-Founder of FaithWorks Christian Fellowship, Int'l, the Media Director of EBCreativeMedia.com Solutions, and author of BeCreative!, Strategy for a New Beginning, Everblessed Psalms of the Lord, and co-author of Words of Faith. Contact him for public speaking engagements, or consultation on your next creative media project or training seminar.