For those of you who were wondering when you’d hear the next BigBlueBall Instant Messaging Podcast, your wait is over. BigBlueBall Podcast #11 is now out with the latest IM news. This show includes a special member-contributed surprise — the premier of The BigBlueBall Song.
So what’s up with the delay? Was it a slow news month in the IM world? Was my agent negotiating for a better contract? I wish! The reality is much more mundane. Sometimes life conspires to devour all available time. Between business trips to D.C. and Houston, major life changes, helping my daughter in Santa Barbara resolve car issues and juggling several intense projects, the podcast got pushed back.
The part that takes the most time with the podcast is the editing, and I’d like to move away from doing any major editing at all. The one thing that stops me is my lack of knowledge in the area of audio recording. Normally, I use Skype with Skylook to record the show, then bring it into Audacity to add in the musical intro, bumpers and outro.
What I’d like to do is record the entire show “live,” including the music and any prerecorded parts (i.e. listener call-in segments). What I need is the ability to create a queue of those prerecorded bits, such that I can click “play” at the appropriate moment. Then when the entire show is recorded, the only editing I’d do might be compressing or normalizing the audio (and hopefully I can minimize that, too).
If you’ve got some advice for how to do this on Windows XP, preferably with Audacity, please let me know.