If it's spoken voice, use a dictaphone? Quality will be more than good
I would recommend MP3 (or Ogg) due to far greater support than Real
Audio - and much greater convenience (people can download them and
listen to them in their cars / on their iRiver/iPod/whatever, later)
Audacity on Linux is a winner for what you want. And includes filters
to clean stuff up, dehiss, etc.
You should probably use Mono, 22,050Hz, 16-bit input to an encoding
process, and let the MP3/Ogg codec remove the extra information in a
psycho-acoustic fashion, rather than trying to encode an 8-bit, mono,
22,050Hz stream - but your mileage may vary.
Shameless plug: I'm giving a talk on "Linux and Pro Audio" in the
University of Limerick on 12th Nov. Mail talks at skynet.ie for more
information. All very welcome.
P.S. Given that it's for a charity and that audio is a subject near and
dear to my heart, mail me privately if there's anthing else I can do to
Kevin Philp wrote:
> I am doing some web design work for a charity... so keeping costs down is a
> top priority! The website needs to include some short spoken audio clips that
> I will need to acquire while out and about...ie no computer available. What I
> would like to know is:
>> 1. What is the cheapest way of acquiring reasonable quality spoken audio clips
> that I can then feed into my Linux workstation?
>> 2. Any recommendations on software to use to cut the clips up and export them
> into a format I can use on the web?
>> 3. Any recommendations on what audio format to use? Someone has already said
> Real audio due to the availability of crossplatform plugins and high
> compresson.... but this is new territory for me.
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