Week 4: Audio

This week we talked about audio formats and recording in preparation of the podcast project.

Audio Wave

Audio Wave

There are a number of different audio formats, which can store audio information uncompressed or compressed, and the latter in loseless (original can be restored) or lossy (reduces file size a lot, but original can’t be restored) compression.

  • .mp3 (MPEG-2 Audio Layer III) is the most common and standard for playing music digitally. It uses lossy compression to reduce the file size.
  • .wav (WAVE, Waveform Audio File Format) is the common format for storing uncompressed audio data on Windows
  • .aiff (Audio Interchange File Format) is an uncompressed file format used mainly on Macs
  • .ogg (OGG Vorbis) is an open-source audio format using lossy compression, intended as an alternative to the patented MP3

Now, things to pay attention to while recording an audio:

  • If you record your audio with a manual recording device, the data has to be digitised first. This can be done through re-recording, which however always causes a certain loss in data.
  • Be aware of the background noises in your surroundings. A bit of ambient noise can add to the atmosphere of your recording, but too much will distract from your actual content.
  • Try to record in a room with limited flat surfaces, as sound bounces off these and can disturb your recording. Things like wall-paper, carpet and textured surfaces in general can help dampen down the noise.

Good luck!


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