Volume 94, Issue 47

Wednesday, November 22, 2000


Jim Carrey brings new life to the Grinch

Show more than Skin deep

Disc of the Week

Two Arnies? God help us!

Dot com

Dot com

MP3s are often characterized by the music industry as being the worst plague to have ever jeopardized its business interests.

However, for independent artists, MP3s are an affordable way of distributing their own music in a commercially dominated and stagnant market. Are they complicated to make? Not at all and in this edition of Dot Com, we'll show you how to create your very own MP3s.


The first step is to actually record your song on your home computer. Get yourself a microphone and plug it into the back of your computer. Now start recording. Suggested programs for your first attemp include Windows Sound Recorder or Cool Edit Pro.

When you are comfortable with the process, move on to a more complicated program like Cakewalk. Demo versions of these programs and many more like them can be found at www.download.com in their brand new MP3 and Audio sections.


Now that you've recorded your song, you'll need to convert it into an MP3 file. You will need to acquire an MP3 ripper program like Audiocatalyst or Waver 2.01 in order to convert it. Be sure to change the setting so that it converts the file into a MP3 file with a kbps of 128 and a khz of 44, as these are the standard settings for most MP3s. I personally recommend AudioCatalyst and again, demo versions of both programs are easily located at www.download.com.


Now that you've recorded your MP3, you might ask, "How do I go about distributing it?" You can use any one of the many free MP3 host servers on the Internet. Three of the best on the internet are www.MP3.com, www.riffage.com and www.vitaminic.co.uk. All of these are free and cater to independent artists. Once uploaded on any one of these sites, your MP3 can be downloaded by anyone from anywhere in the world.

So there you have it. A quick introduction into the world of independent sound recording and all it requires is a bit of creativity, a song, a microphone and a home computer.

–Christopher Hodge

To Contact The Arts and Entertainment Department:

Copyright The Gazette 2000