Account' Playlist (KANM 99.9 FM)
An alphabetical list of artists featured on www.Live365.com
[as broadcast live in 1985 on Texas A&M
University's Student-run Radio Station]
Steve Carl Band
Pam Mark Hall
Kerry Livgren AD
Andy McCarroll & Moral Support
Weber and the Buzztones
If it can go wrong...it will
I had problems from the start. After
recording most of the material (over a hundred hours) into the computer, the hard drive
seized up and had to be fixed - two different drives! The first one I just replaced with
restoring files because I had a backup. Then the backup failed before I had another copy
saved elsewhere. That set me back a few weeks...
The source material was on cassettes.
Some of the tapes had nasty dropouts in spots. Tape hiss. Turntable rumble, And broad
spectrum noise - not sure where that came from. And with many of the tapes I had engaged
dbx noise reduction. That was thinking ahead - except I didn't have a deck with dbx any
longer to decode the noise reduction. Hello eBay and a dbx 224x encoder/decoder.
Then I had to get my records out to
find the titles that on cassette were interrupted when switching from side A to side B.
Most I had in a box. But what about the ones that were from a record borrowed for the show
twenty-five years ago? Check out the Finding the Music' for tips on locating those really
obscure titles and plan on spending a fair amount of time on the internet and a few bucks.
mp3, id3 tags, and animated gif's
After some testing, I determined that
64k mp3Pro sounds about as good as 128k when the source material is cassette. I used
iZotope RX to remove many of the artifacts from the source material (clicks, pops, hiss,
and broadband noise) and ProTools to create the most natural sounding mp3's I could
muster. ProTools was also essential for splitting the program into segments of one to
three songs. Despite much research, I failed to find any way to generate and display an
id3 tag longer than 50 characters. Splits were made based on where natural song breaks
occured subject to the apparent 50 character restriction.
Song mixes tend to be from different artists and labels and the id3 fields have to be
separated with a '/'. But how do you display something to visualize the combined
song/artist/album mix? For that I created animated gif's that roll from album to album
with a 7.5s increment and then looped. Photoshop Elements does this easily enough. You
will also need to host the animated image somewhere and link to it for display.
www.1and1.com offers inexpensive web hosting and domain registration if you need to set up
a website for this.
Finding the music
It should be as simple as a search in
Yahoo or Google, but many of these titles are so obscure a far more exhaustive search is
often necessary. Even then, it could take months (or years) before some titles surface.
Listed below are some of the resources I've used to find missing titles - often an LP or
45 that I borrowed for a show in the mid-eighties and need in hand to ensure my Live365
program meets or exceeds any licensing requirements now or in the future.
Pay special attention to grading
comments here. You may need to create a saved search to alert you when the title is
listed. If you find what you're looking for, check the completed listings to see what the
going rate for the title has been recently.
The more mainstream and collectible
titles are often listed here. You might also check out listings from neigboring countries
(http://www.amazon.co.uk or http://www.amazon.co.jp for example) if the artist is from a
different geographic region or was distributed more widely in a different market.
3500 independent record stores raises
the possibility you'll find what you're seeking. I couldn't find a copy of the Steve Carl
Band anywhere until I found this site - and that includes every other source listed here
and all search engines. http://www.musicstack.com
Not the most intuitive search tool
out there, but a great source for searching and finding. 3 million records and cd's from
over 10,000 sellers. http://www.discogs.com
Another excellent source that is a
database listing 30 million records and cd's from thousands of sellers.
Preparing the music for hosting
Setting up a station is relatively
easy once you've remastered the breaks between sides A & B and diced the program as
described above. First, you'll need an image for your show and broadcaster profile. These
are 300 x 200 in a landscape orientation. Photoshop Elements is great for manipulating
images and does a great job scaling images as needed. Take a few minutes to write a few
words about your show and a broadcaster profile too. These can be edited later, but start
with something. This is a great place to mention your webpage if you have one - and
perhaps a few links and sites to direct your listeners to.
Then convert the diced .wav files
into MP3pro using an editor like Nero. That gives you the most control over the
settings for the desired audio quality. You will also need to provide mp3 tags using
an editor like 'MP3tag' based on the filename if you were clever. If not, plan to do
These can then be uploaded to to
live365, as an example, using their 'Studio 365 Loader' without additional conversion
required. Once uploaded, the song details need to be reviewed and graphics linked if
that is important to you. The songs also need to be ordered in a playlist to match
your original show sequence.
That's it. Of course you should start
setting aside your pennies to pay for your hoted station when that bill resurfaces. Get
the word out about your station to share with listeners too. Marketing is a discussion for