A Priest and a Rabbi Walk Into a Recording Booth...
November 13, 2010 11:52 AM Subscribe
Uploading audio from weekly church sermons to online playback site (speaking only, no music). That part is simple. Getting the audio files from several different churches in different locations (even cross-country) is the tough part. How to set up a relatively dummy-proof system to record and transmit audio files to me?
posted by skypieces to technology (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Options I have considered include:
1) Record with Audacity on laptop or desktop computer (line out from desk; or room mic; etc). Have AUP file emailed to me. I edit/process, export mp3 to playback site. Challenges: Initial computer setup, as each church may have a different computer/OS to deal with; troubleshooting from afar as needed; how to proceed if the computer doing the recording is not hooked to Internet at church? What if some audio setting gets changed mid-week and no audio gets recorded on Sunday?
2) Record with some sort of portable mp3 recorder and save to SD card or USB stick. Have that media physically mailed to me. Rotate 2-3 cards/sticks for each church; mail empty cards back. I can tolerate a one-week turnaround on these. If price is right on equipment, I will set every church up the same way and have a simple, though lower-tech, process.
3) Some hybrid of the two. Or another altogether.
Obviously I prefer the first one, but it seems fraught with potential snags as the churches I will do this for will likely not have computer-savvy volunteers to properly set things up each week. I will be at a distance from these places on Sundays, as well as have a home base church that I work from myself each Sunday, so I will not be available for troubleshooting when it might be needed.
So, any suggestions that beat these? improve on them? Any hardware suggestions, in terms of mp3 recorders, computers, etc?
The human element is the real bottleneck here, so if I have to compensate with something not quite as convenient for me, I am willing to entertain that possibility.