Olympus DS-330 Digital Recorder Tutorial

One of my jobs is to help you understand and use technology better, with as little heartburn as possible. So, I’m going to let you in on a little known-fact: podcasts are nothing more than audio files that a person can subscribe to. It’s that simple. Putting audio files online for other people to download is nothing new. But podcasts go one step further–they allow you to subscribe to the file. In other words, once you subscribe to a podcast, either in iTunes or the program of your choice, you are automatically provided with updates. End of story.

But how do you create a podcast? First, you need to have a recording. You have many options of recording, from a microphone attached to your computer or to a digital audio recorder. I’ve decided to put together a quick tutorial on using an Olympus DS-330 digital audio recorder (which Academic Technologies stocks for your use), to explain how to record, download, and convert files for podcasting.

How to record, download, and convert the DSS file on your Olympus DS-330 to a podcast file (PC users):

  1. record the audio to the Olympus DS-330
  2. download it to your computer (you’ll need to install the DSS Player software included with the recorder and maybe install some updates from the Olympus site)
  3. use the DSS Player software to convert the DSS file to WAV
  4. open the file in iTunes,
  5. right-click the WAV file in iTunes and convert it to mpeg4 (which is a podcast file, also called m4a).

How to record, download, and convert the DSS file on your Olympus DS-330 to a podcast file (Apple users):

  1. record the audio to the Olympus DS-330
  2. download it to your computer (again, you’ll need to install the DSS Player software and upgrades from the Olympus website
  3. click the DSS Player for Mac at the top left menu bar, select Properties, and the Download tab. Check the box that says “convert to AIFF file as the file is being downloaded.” (This just saves a step.)
  4. The DSS Player downloads the converted file into a hierarchy of buried folders within your documents and the DSS Player. Just do a search for the file name using Spotlight and you’ll quickly find the file with the aif extension. Drag it to your desktop so you can easily find/work on it!
  5. Right click (hold down the control button and click on an Apple) and then select Open withiTunes.
  6. Select the file in iTunes, select Advanced, and then Convert selection to AAC.
  7. Then, drag the file from your iTunes to your desktop and it turns into an m4a (podcast audio file.)
  8. Don’t ask me how I figured this out, because it was totally serendipitous. However, it DOES offer a really neat way to convert a file that started out as an aif into an m4a. Totally awesome, huh?

The most amazing thing about this whole process is that I didn’t even need QuickTimePro, like I thought I would. However, QuickTimePro is excellent, since you can record from your computer in the classroom using it and save it as a podcast file.

Once you have your file converted and saved as a podcast file, you are ready to move on to the next step–publishing your podcast. Tomorrow’s tutorial will show you how to use free services to do this.

I’ll be expecting links to podcasts soon . . .

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