There is now officially 3 files on our podcast feed. Crazy! It’s cool stuff. We’re recording via a M-Audio FireWire Solo Mobile Audio Interface straight from our soundboard to a MacBook. Right now we’re recording the audio into GarageBand, but are looking to use Cubase or ProTools very soon. We’re also using GarageBand to do post-production on the podcast. We also have a Mac Mini on order that will become our dedicated recording device. We opted to record our audio straight to digital and avoid the extra step of either cassette (who the heck can even play one of those anymore?) or CD recording. Being a mobile church this saves us the need to store media and we can keep everything online. The reality is, the audio interface and Mini are not much more expensive than a decent CD recorder, and we’re not having to purchase blank CD media on a regular basis. It’s a nice solution that has not required too much technical expertise. Adam Wilson, our worship leader, is also able to use the interface throughout the week for recording to enhance the worship and provide audio tracks for the worship team to use in their rehearsals. Of course, right now we don’t have a backup recording option, but we will get there eventually. It’s pretty cool seeing all the Macs running in the back for our visual displays and for our audio recording. It appeals to the hidden geek inside.
Our next goal is to get our vodcasting up and running. We are currently recording via video on our Sony HDR-HC7 HDV 1080i camcorder. It’s a high end consumer-grade HD camera. It does very well in good lighting conditions, but what we’re struggling with right now is the dated lighting in the 100 year old church we rent on Sunday evenings. We’re very limited in our lighting options right now and are hesitant to invest in any lighting solutions as the building owner is in the midst of major renovations. Anything we may acquire now could become unnecessary in only a few weeks. So for now we are dialing in the options with the camera in preparation of the lighting to make the vodcast viable.
Just a little info on what we’re doing at Ephesus. The audio podcast is currently available via the iTunes Music Store, and is hosted by Podbean for free while we set up our own dedicated server which we should have running in the next month or so. A little something we may give a shot at just for fun is actually setting up a video chat with a friend of mine from the back of the sanctuary so he can experience our service from California. I’m fairly confident the quality will be very low, but it will be a real-time, low-cost opportunity to provide online interactivity with what we’re doing at Ephesus. It’s just the test bed for where we would like to see ourselves get as a global community.