Hello, I am wondering whether anybody has experience of audio recording software which they have managed to rollout. Personally i have used Audacity but i am not sure that will be the simplest tool for others to get to grips with and i was wondering whether anybody has come across anything simpler?

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Hi Amina, Audacity seems to be the tool of choice for learning professionals worldwide - as last year's Top 100 Tools for Learning list demonstrates. And is making a good start on this year's list
Hi Amina

Simplest is Windows Sound Recorder, found (usually) at All Programmes>Accessories>Entertainment>Sound Recorder.

However, being so simple, it doesn't give you much in the way of features. Personally, I'd stick to Audacity.

Steve
Hi Amina

I'd second Steve's support for Audacity. As you know, it's pretty intuitive. My 11 and 7 year old children use it very effectively without any training. I think that you could roll it out with some guidance notes on good practice (e.g. how to be sure you've saved your files, and saved them in the right place) and be pretty happy.

Let me know how you get on!

Don
Hi Amina,

We have traditionally recorded our audio's via a recording studio and actors which has worked out quite expensive and is not the best in terms of creating quick learning content or has given us the ability to experiment in using audio casts in other learning solutions on a regular basis.

We have started using Audacity to create audio's to support our inductions and have found it very easy to use and very effective as it can also be used as a portable app and doesn't require a download. We also now have a good supplier of MP3 players and are encouraging our designers to develop their own content and record audio's using our own training team as the 'actors'.

One thing we have found difficult though is uploading the audio's on MP3 players on a larger scale in-house and this limits our ability to use this media with large roll outs.

Its a challenge we're tying to overcome so that we can use MP3 to support most learning solutions. Feedback from our learners is that they really enjoy using the media and it adds to their learning experience. Another challange we have had is the in-house vs professional creation, I'm pleased to say that Audacity has allowed us to create professionally sounding audio's at almost no cost - so it got the thumbs up!

Mike
Hi Mike
Interesting what you say, I hadn't even throught of using actors. I guess the actors mean that the podcasts are better for users to listen to? Perhaps that's something we will have to think about more in the future--helping people develop their speaking skills to make effective podcasts? Also interesting that you upload the MP3s onto players for people--what sort of subject areas are you talking about?
thanks
Amina
At the moment we try and use audio within induction around static information so we don't need to constantly update the content

Areas we use audio's for is regulatory information, brand information, call examples (for our call centre staff) , effective listening, questionning skills, sales skills such as overcoming objections and closing the sale.

We also supply CD's to be used alongside the MP3 players as feedback as been that groups also like to listen to them as a group and discuss the learning points.

The players go down well as it means that individuals can work at their own pace as our induction is based around self managed learning and we encourage our learners to find information using the resources at there disposal and our trainers are more facilitators rather than spoon feeding learners info in the typical classroom environment.

In answer to your first question, I think their can be a perception that if the voices sound 'posh' or well spoken then it is easier to understand or seems more professional but in my opinion I think learners want to hear 'real' people and accents that they can relate to rather than the 'radio' voice.
Hi Amina,
Please have a look at
http://www.masttheatreandfilm.co.uk/av_audio.html
We produced and distributed diversity trianing to 5,000 employees in remote locations using serialised radio dramas. It worked incredibly well by engaging the listeners with a story that paralleed their own corporate experience.
Let em know if we can help in any way!
Mitch
Hi Amina!

I've tried a number of specific podcasting software packages, as an alternative to Audacity, thinking it would be easier to have a package that completed all the steps seemlessly, but I given up with all of them. It's one of the reasons why I've just acquired the Behringer Podcasting Kit, which comes bundled with Audacity.
Hi Amina,

Like the others, I'd recommend Audacity. If you're on a Mac though, you might want to look at GarageBand which comes built-in. The only disadvantage with this is that, to create mp3's you have to run the GarageBand file through iTunes. Not intuitive at all.

Cheers,

Mark
Hi, new here! I've used Audacity to prepare radio shows and podcasts too - a good microphone makes a great difference to the quality. Remember to "Export AS MP3" if you want to use it on mp3 players. If you're having trouble getting new files to users, why not use a fils storage service (I use 4shared.com - it is free) and then you can send people the link to the new file. They just need the (basic) skills that will allow them to download the file and then upload to their mp3 player
HI
I am an ex Education Radio producer working at the Institute of WBL Middlesex running a new project. We have a variety of tools .
I worked with Radiowaves for a while and they have some interesting online system which simplify the use of Audacity.
At the moment we are exploring the possibilities of Premiere CS4 for the sound and extracting text from the Video for grounded theory analysis. But that is very technical. There seems to be no alternative to knowing what you want to do and knowing how to use the equipment.
Hi Amina. Like the others, I'd recommend using Audacity to record source files.

If you want to do something which requires you to mix together several sound files, I'd recommend Adobe Soundbooth - it looks a bit daunting, but is really easy to use - I produced a podcast using 10 individual source files mixed down to one track, without even referring to Soundbooth's help files (never mind a manual).

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