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Re: Church sound



On Sun, 2009-03-15 at 21:53 -0500, David Miller wrote:
> Tim wrote:
> > On Thu, 2009-03-12 at 21:27 -0500, David Miller wrote:
> >   
> >> I see several packages that will record but I don't want to have a
> >> 700M file.  Is there a package that will break the recording into,
> >> lets say, 10min files and then be able to burn those to CD as audio
> >> tracks with zero time between tracks.
> >>     
> >
> > I've used software that can automatically break a large audio file up
> > into several smaller ones.  Though I suspect that's not going to work
> > well with speech, as it may think momentary pauses in speech are good
> > break points, whereas a human might break at more sensible moments
> > (change in topics, activities, etc.).
> >
> > I've used Audacity for live recordings of sound, hitting stop and then
> > record between things.  That's one way of doing what you want.
> >
> > But if you want to pay attention to what you're recording, and not get
> > distracted by recording it, then recording it as one slab then editing
> > afterwards is the better approach.  Again, Audacity is quite good for
> > that task.
> >
> >   
> >> At some point later I would like to get a camera and start doing video
> >> recording of the service and place of DVD.
> >>     
> >
> > I'd suggest getting a HDD+DVD recorder, record to hard drive, break the
> > recording into chapters after filming, then burn off a DVD.  It's then
> > an easy job to replicate that DVD, either burning off another copy from
> > the hard drive on the same unit, or copying the DVD on computer.
> >
> > I've got a Sony RDR-HXD590 HDD+DVD recorder which makes that sort of
> > thing relatively painless.  We've used it for recording concerts, and
> > chaptering the different acts.  And it seems to be one of the few that
> > creates fairly error-free discs.  I don't just mean discs that play
> > well, I mean ones that aren't full of masses DVD technical errors that
> > make duplication, or even playing, discs difficult on other decks.
> >
> > I find stand-alone recording equipment to be generally a lot less
> > annoying that computerised video equipment.  Professional video
> > production is my career, and this is the easiest way to go, for low/no
> > budget productions, in my experience.  If you go the whole hog, you can
> > easily spend hours and hours in post production, for no tangible
> > improvement for the type of job you outline.
> >
> >   
> >> In both cases the church is also talking about putting streaming audio
> >> or streaming video on their web site.
> >>     
> >
> > Might be worth looking at some of the youtube tutorials.  The same
> > things will apply for preparing video for your own website as theirs.
> >
> >   
> Well I have used Audacity for 3-10 min recordings in the past but not 
> for hour long recordings. I have never had a problem with my FC7 machine 
> here at home.  The FC10 machine that I threw together for this has the 
> same MSI mother board that I have in my FC7 machine. We are only going 
> to do audio at the moment and, I hope in the near future we will start 
> doing some sort of video.  I put this machine together and loaded FC10 
> Sat. and verified that sound worked, didn't have time to do much 
> testing.  Took the machine to the church this morning and did the 
> recording. I was disappointed with the results this first week.  There 
> was a high pitched hiss throughout the recording.  I don't know what to 
> make of it yet.  I am taking the sound directly from our 32 channel 
> audio mixer. Not the right sound for a ground loop. We have about a 6 
> foot unbalanced cable that goes from the board then splits into the tape 
> deck and the computer. Less than a foot from the split to each. The tape 
> doesn't have it but it may not be able to reproduce it very well.  Using 
> the built in sound of the mother board.
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If it's a hum at a fixed frequency, audacity should be able to filter it
out but I would gather that it would be useful to monitor with
headphones all the way through the computer to see where it's coming
from.

Craig


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