Friday, August 24, 2007

Recording your sermons

Many churches record thier sermons on cassette tape and are wondering How do I move to the next level and record my sermons on CD? well, it really is not that difficult at all thanks to a program called Polderbits sound recorder. This is a windows program that runs on your pc and looks like this:

In the source Window you select line-in, and then if you want to parallel your cassette recordings, use a y-connector to tap into the signal going to your cassette recorder and then plug it into your computers line-in jack. you can now adjust the input signal strength using the slider, while your speaker is speaking and record several test recordings and play them back so you can hear if they are over, or under modulated and make adjustments accordingly. Remember the high positioning on the VU meter so that you can adjust it while recording if neccessary.
Now you are ready for the sermon. Press the red button just before the speaker starts and try not to bump the space bar during the recording as this will pause the recording, and don't hit enter either or you will stop the recording. this doesn't apply if you minimoze the program and are using a program like powerpoint to show your sermon notes on monitors for your audiance to view during the teaching. O.K. now the sermon is done and you wonder what to do next? Press the square stop button and the sound editor program is launched this program looks like this:

From here you can divide the sermon into tracks, add equalizer adjustments to it, or just plain save it (recommended to do before editing it). You can save it as a cd quality MP3 and name it with the sermon topic and add the date into the name and put it in a specially created folder for the sermons so that you can find them again fairly easy. You can now take a program like real player or windows media player and open the file in that which you can then use to burn the sermon onto a cd. Get a nice cd labeler and you are all set with only spending a minimal amount of cash to get the whole thing ready to go. If you do podcasting and have limited band width, you can create a smaller file by using the compression quality buttons to adjust the compression and this makes the files a whole lot smaller. (note the quality is also reduced so don't get too carried away). Anyway that is all you need for now to get going on recording your sermons for CD and for podcast. Later on if you want, you can get a direct to cd recorder which works similar to your old cassette recorder, yet records directly to the compact disk. This is a good way to go if you want crystal clear recordings.
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