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Audio Converters
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Date Written: 6/28/09 Last Updated: 5/18/17

Audio Converter

Free Audio Converter Developer: DVDVideoSoft
A simple free converter that can convert
one audio format to another.

Important! when the option presents itself always choose custom installation and uncheck the box which will install third party software.

Audio Editor

Audacity is a very nice free download that will allow you to manipulate your mp3 files.  You can edit, convert (limited), cut, and do countless other things with your audio files and undo any changes you make.  I have found this to be relatively easy to use and very useful.  The one tricky part is exporting as mp3.  To do this you will need the lame_enc.dll file.  Follow the instructions here.

Formating and Uploading Sermons

With the above software installed you should now have everything you need to edit and upload audio sermons.

Step 1: Placement of recorder Place the Olympus audio recorder on the lectern to the left or right of the pastor's notes.  This will give you the best audio quality.  I have tried placing the recorder next to the lectern and inside the lectern, but this gives the recordings a hollow sound as if it were coming from a cave.  Recording the sermon from the position of the audience causes the recording to sound as if it were coming from a distance.  The quality is best when it is on top of the lectern about 1 to 2 feet away from the speaker.

Step 2: Operating the Olympus Recorder The battery reading should always be full otherwise the audio may cut out halfway through the recording.  To record, hit play to turn it on.  If it is already on hit record and you will see the time counting forward on the screen to the lower right of the screen.  

Hit stop to stop the recording.  The power will turn off automatically after a few minutes.  To turn it off manually move the switch to the upper left side of the recorder to "hold".

Step 3: Renaming your files  With the recorder plugged into your computer navigate to the Olympus drive and open the first folder.  All of your recordings should be listed here.  If not then try the second folder.  Copy the files to your computer.  Be sure to delete the files on the recorder after they are uploaded to your computer to free up space on the recorder.

The first thing to do with your files is to name them.  The files will be named VN320136 and will be in .wma (windows media audio) format.  Rename the files to the date that the sermons were recorded in the format of MMDDYY.  For example, 091112 for September 11, 2012, so the leading 0 will need to be given if the month or day is a single digit.  If two recordings were made that Sunday then append the name with an "a" for morning or "b" for afternoon.  For example, 091112a for a.m.

Step 4: Converting .wma to .mp3 Before the recording can be edited it needs to be in the correct format.  Open Switch Sound File Converter Plus and select Converter and drag the file from your desktop to the main window of your converter and select convert.

Step 5: Editing the audio Open your audacity program and select File ––> Project ––> Import Audio then navigate to the mp3 file you want to edit.  This will take about 1 minute to upload.  You will probably want to expand the window to full screen for editing.  To expand the audio click on the magnifying glass in the circle in the image below in the top right corner to make finding the portions of audio you want to edit easier.

Step 6: What to edit The portion of audio we want is the sermon.  It begins when the pastor references the scripture text to be discussed and ends after the closing prayer just after the conclusion of the sermon.  Click on the point in the audio where the sermon begins.  Hit play once or twice to be sure that this is the location you want.  When you are sure hold the shift button and then the home button to highlight all of the audio from the marker to the beginning of the file and then hit delete.  Do this for the end of the sermon as well, but use shift + end instead to make your selection.  The marker should be located just after the "amen" of the closing prayer.  

Occasionally, you may want to edit out the silence between when the pastor mentions the scripture text and waits for the audience to turn to the passage.  This silence can be several seconds and is up to you if you want to edit this out or not.  To do so move the mouse pointer to the beginning of the silence and click and hold the mouse pointer down and move the pointer to the end of the selected audio you want to remove, then release the left click.  Then hit the delete button.

Tip: Congregation singing will look like the segment of audio above that is condensed and is between the two arrows.  Finding this can help you locate the beginning and end of the sermons.

Step 7: Export the Sermon Go to file and select "Export as MP3"  A message will pop up asking if you want to replace the existing audio.  Select yes and continue.  Another window will ask you how you want to edit the tags.  Just hit ok to continue.  The file will be exported to your desktop.  This will take about 2 or 3 minutes to complete.

Step 8: Uploading the sermon to the website  There are a few ways to do this.  The best way for people with slower internet connections and even for people with fast internet connections is to Use the FireFTP extension for your Firefox browser.  Make sure your connection is correct as seen here:

If it is then drag the audio from your desktop to the folder marked audio.  This will take a few minutes to upload, but if you look at the bottom left and top right of your browser you will see the speed and progress of your file being uploaded to the audio folder.

Step 9: Adding the link to the sermon If you are logged in you will see that on the sermons page is the option to add new sermon.  This page is pretty self explanatory.  Here you will enter the name of the sermon, the reference verses used and the Sermon date.  The sermon date will be used to generate the link.  Make sure it is in the example format listed and use a for morning sermon and b for evening sermon or leave blank if you did not use a or b when naming your sermon in step 3.  When finished hit "submit review".

Step 10: Debugging  You should now be taken back to the sermons page.  Here you should click on the link created to see if the sermon tries to download, which is what we want.  If an error message pops up then the link to the sermon is invalid or the sermon has not yet been uploaded.  There is also an edit button next to each audio sermon so as to correct any mistakes.  

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