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The Behringer Podcast Studio ( PODCASTUDIO ) comes with a studio-grade FireWire audio interface which includes the BEHRINGER Edition of Ableton Live Lite 4 music production software for PC and Mac. The package also features a professional 8-input mixer, high-quality headphones and a studio microphone plus cable.
Behringer podcastudio instruction manual excerpt: Introduction to Podcasting. The following section gives you a quick insight into the terminology being used. Podcasting is a term derived from combining the two words iPod and Broadcasting, and is defined as the distribution of audio or video files, such as radio programs or music clips, over the Internet. This is accomplished by using one of two syndication techniques which allow users to listen and, of late, even view digital media on such portable media devices as iPod players and laptops. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and Atom are Web content syndication formats written in XML which provide either podcast content or summaries that link to content and additional file information. Podcast is a feed of audio or video files placed on the Internet for public access. Anyone can subscribe to the feed and download the media files. This allows you to collect programs from a wide range of sources for listening or viewing media content, either online or off-line with your computer or an appropriate portable device. Podcatcher refers to a software application that enables the download of podcasts. Usually, it launches when the computer is started and runs then in the background, managing feeds that you add manually and downloading each at a specified interval. Step-by-step installation Now that you know the terminology and have all the gear you will ever need to produce high-quality audio podcasts, its about time you set up the equipment, installed the software and got started. To begin with, connect your new F-Control FCA202 FireWire audio interface to your computer. Then, join the XENYX 802 analog mixer with the interface by using the included jack cables. Connect the devices by joining the input of the interface with the Main output of the mixer and the Line input of channels 3/4 on the mixer with the output of the interface. Subsequently, connect your microphone to the mixer with the provided XLR cable. Remember to switch on the phantom power for your C-1 condenser microphone. Hook up the HPS3000 headphones to the mixer using the Phones connector. Should you alternatively want to monitor your recording sessions with loudspeakers, use the mixers Control Room output to connect to a pair of speakers. After setting up the hardware, it is time to install the software applications that are found on the included software CDs. When using the Windows operating system, you should initially install the ASIO driver. Then, install the digital audio workstation Ableton Live Lite 4 BEHRINGER Edition, the Audacity software application, which is an easy-to-use audio editor, and Kristal Audio Engine, a powerful audio sequencer and mixer. Please note that Audacity is not ASIO capable, but can be used on PCs and Mac computers. Mac users can use the Ableton and Audacity software and are not required to install additional drivers. When using your FireWire interface, remember to choose the appropriate FCA202 driver in the preferences of Audacity and Kristal Audio Engine. Your first podcast Start to produce your first podcast by recording speech. Your mixer enables you to control the input levels, mix and equalize the material youve picked up through the microphone, while you monitor with the headphones. Using the included recording software called Audacity, you can record, edit, and save your recording sessions to your computers hard drive. Simply turn up the levels of the Microphone input and Main output of your mixer and click on the red record button in the Audacity software which then creates a new track and records everything you say into the microphone. Be sure to adjust the input and output levels accordingly. After you have finished recording, you can edit your recording if necessary and then export the file, which will save the recorded material in a common audio format. After recording your vocal track, load the audio file into Kristal Audio Engine which enables you to add music tracks, etc. and master these to a single, final stereo track. Since Kristal supports VST plug-ins, you can also use third-party VST effects to process your audio material. Now that you have a final version consisting of music and speech which you would like to publish as a podcast, its time to compress your audio file to the MP3 file format. Audacity software may be used for this purpose, however, since it doesnt include an MP3 codec to encode audio files, you will first need to download and install LAME (more information and download at http:// lame.sourceforge.net), a free MP3 encoder. Afterwards, simply open your audio file in the Audacity software and use the Export command in the File menu to save your file as MP3. To publish your podcast, make your new MP3 file available online. Upload the generated MP3 file to a server with the Podifier software (more information and download at http://www.podifier.com) or similar applications, which assist you to create a feed for your MP3 file, enabling you to enter such information as your podcasts URL, title, etc. Now the feed of your podcast can finally be made accessible to the public by posting it, for example, to an Internet portal. To listen to and download podcasts, use jPodder podcasting software (more information and download at http://www.jpodder.com), which is a podcast player for your PC, or similar software applications. Congratulations, you have just published your very first podcast! Further use You can use your new gear to connect instruments to your computer which not only enables you to record and edit one or more instrumental tracks, but to manipulate incoming signals instantaneously. With the Ableton software, you can then produce your very own music.