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There has been a lot of articles about podcasting being posted recently in the “blogosphere”. If your “new to it”, the idea of podcasting can be a little bit intimidating, especially for those not technically savvy. I have recently come across a totally free and comprehensive software package and site that will turn the “process” into a lot of fun and make the recording process a lot easier: WildVoice.
WildVoice offers a free-to-post online community. I am very impressed with their site and the ease-of-use of their interfaces, whether posting, uploading, recording or whatever; it’s fun and features great options and graphics. WildVoice allows you a free 200mb storage area for saving posts, videos, images or podcasts.
If you are looking for a multi-media “blog” community, this may be for you. Unlike some other blogging communitties, WildVoice has it’s web 2.0 features integrated seamlessly and is a joy to use.
One of the best features offered by WildVoice is the free podcasting software offered as free a download (and indeed is free to use). This software (PC only) works wonders for composing a podcast and takes the edge off the “complexity factor”. It’s called WildVoice Podcast Studio and it’s the only all in one freeware solution that I know of for podcasters.
“WildVoice Podcast Studio makes it easy to record and publish your own podcasts online. The program provides an interface that enables you to record your podcast with your microphone, add background music and insert a variety of sound effects (meow, gun shot, dog bark and more than 100 others) to add a professional touch to your recording. You can organize your recordings in in multiple segments, which are later combined to create a single MP3 file. If you want to take it further, you can sign-up for a free account with WildVoice, that allows you to automatically upload and publish your podcast on their site. “
The great thing about their software is that you don’t actually have to have a WildVoice Account to take advantage of it. You can use the software and save it to an mp3 to be used with any online podcasting community or your own website. It even basic mp3 tagging as part of the program (with the option to add a picture directly to your mp3!).
If you are an educator thinking about experimenting with classroom podcasting or someone who is just starting with podcasting, this is a great “no cost” solution to meet your needs. Use the software stand alone or get your own WildVoice account and easily upload your production to the WildVoice servers, they are both win situations!
Get an Account: http://www.wildvoice.com
Get the Software: http://wildvoice.com/Pages/WildVoice_Studio.aspx
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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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