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Q: How do I compress sound for a web site? ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: How do I compress sound for a web site?
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: ladyblew-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 19 May 2004 11:02 PDT
Expires: 18 Jun 2004 11:02 PDT
Question ID: 348859
I am recording audio cassettes to CD's.  Please tell me what to do to
compress the files to go on my website.
Subject: Re: How do I compress sound for a web site?
Answered By: cubist-ga on 19 May 2004 12:52 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

There are a 2 possibilities:
1/ you would like to compress the file, and put it on your website,
available for download (as a link, you click on it, and it downloads).
You can compress it to MP3 format. I'm a musician, I compress my files
to 3 kinds of mp3:
-64k rate for 56kbps modems (small file size, quality loss)
-128k rate for cable/dsl modems (medium file size, almost cd quality)
-256k rate for the fans who want to download a good quality version of the song
This is the easiest and cheapest way, I host my songs like that on my
site. there are many freeware mp3 converters available for download,
try Audiograbber is one of the best programs for that.

In audiograbber you can select your source (CD, soundcard input,
wav-file,...) and save it in mp3 format and choose the desired bitrate

2/you would like to stream the file from your website. If you want to
do this: first you've got to have software that can save to a
streaming format (realmedia or windows streaming audio) This software
costs a lot of money (like sony soundforge)
second: your hosting partner that hosts your site must allow you to
stream media. Usually this costs more on hosting fees.

links: -audio section
Should you have more questions, feel free to ask,


Request for Answer Clarification by ladyblew-ga on 19 May 2004 13:52 PDT
These are voice only files. (I do workshops and training.) Do I drag
the file and it automatically condenses it?  I need simple
step-by-step directions.  Thank you.
See me at

Clarification of Answer by cubist-ga on 19 May 2004 14:13 PDT
-download audiograbber
-install audiograbber
-start audiograbber
-simply drag the files into the audiograbber window
-a popup will ask you if you want to make mp3
-click create mp3
-your mp3 will be in c:/audiograbber, with the same name as the
original, but with an mp3 extension.

in preferences you can change the destination (default is c:/audiograbber)
when you click on the mp3-button on top, you can set up preferences
for bitrate. But since the files are speech only, best is to leave it
at default values.

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