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Audio Software

This pie chart depicts the different types of audio software evaluated and the number of people who evaluated each one.
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Audacity

Mediasite

Real Producer

 

Audacity

Audacity     Average Rating
How easy was it to learn this product? 4 5 4.5
Comments      
How proficient do you need to be with programming or technical skills in order to learn this program? 3 3 3.0
What are the prerequisites for using this software? A little experience working with other products is helpful. You need to be comfortable with downloading software and reading instructions.  
Was this a FTE or individual purchase? Individual Individual  
How much did you pay for it? I don’t recall, but it was reasonable. It was free.  
Based on what you paid for this product how well did it meet your needs?  

Yes, definitely.

 

Very well

 
How would you rate this product in accordance with how well it met your needs? 4 4 4.0
Knowing what you know now about this product would you purchase this product ? Why or why not? Yes, it has served me well. Yes–it does and excellent job and is recommended by a lot of people.  
How difficult is it to implement a site-wide license? I don’t know. You don’t need to worry about site-wide licensing–you just download the software on the machines where you need to use it.  
What is the expense of upgrades? Does it automatically upgrade? I’ve not tried to upgrade it. It does not automatically upgrade, but when there is a new version available, you simply download it for free.  
What year did your institute first try using this software? 2006 2006  
What tasks did you want it to perform? I wanted to add audio files to web pages and web films. Capture audio files to the computer for mounting on a Web site.  
Are there maintenance requirements? No No  
Editing: How easy is it to make changes to the product? Not too bad. Fairly–editing is not quite as easy as recording, but it is not impossible  
Technical considerations Rate the level of problems you or your users have had with this software package. 4 4 4.0
Additional comments:      
Does this program require a lot of memory on your computer? Yes No  
Does this software work with or is able to create various necessary file formats? Yes We have only used it to create one type of sound file.  
Can you install program yourself or does it require help of systems admin? I installed it myself You can do it by yourself unless you do not have administrative rights on your computer.  
Overall Pros It serves me well – minimal learning curve. Easy to use, powerful, works well, and it is free!  
Overall Cons I could probably do more with it with some additional training. None  
Final Comments   Highly recommended  

 

Mediasite

Mediasite   Average Rating
How easy was it to learn this product? 4 4.0
Comments    
How proficient do you need to be with programming or technical skills in order to learn this program? 2 2.0
What are the prerequisites for using this software? Don’t know as it is supported by our computer department. Having Powerpoint for the visual portion is very helpful  
Was this a FTE or individual purchase? Campus purchase  
How much did you pay for it? I heard it was in five figures, but do not know the price  
Based on what you paid for this product how well did it meet your needs?  

Still exploring

 
How would you rate this product in accordance with how well it met your needs? 2 2.0
Knowing what you know now about this product would you purchase this product ? Why or why not? At the price, not for myself.  
How difficult is it to implement a site-wide license? Don’t know  
What is the expense of upgrades? Does it automatically upgrade? It has been upgraded once since I started using it, but I don’t know how simple it was  
What year did your institute first try using this software? 2006  
What tasks did you want it to perform? Audio and visual recordings accessible to students anytime anywhere with only a web browser.  
Are there maintenance requirements? Probably, but our systems people take care of them  
Editing: How easy is it to make changes to the product? Not easy. Once recorded, other than trimming off the beginning or end, it lacks flexibility  
Technical considerations Rate the level of problems you or your users have had with this software package. 3 3.0
Additional comments:    
Does this program require a lot of memory on your computer? On the campus network  
Does this software work with or is able to create various necessary file formats? Cannot do more than show what is on the connected computer  
Can you install program yourself or does it require help of systems admin? Systems  
Overall Pros Offers split screen (face and computer screen) for multi-learning. Some navigation control and space for related hyperlinks. I presented at LOEX on this see http://library.csusm.edu/about/people/Cloning_handout.ppt#256 for powerpoint  
Overall Cons Expensive, best operated with 2 people for setup, recording and editing.  
Final Comments    

 

Real Producer

Real Producer   Average Rating
How easy was it to learn this product? 5 5.0
Comments    
How proficient do you need to be with programming or technical skills in order to learn this program? 4 4.0
What are the prerequisites for using this software?    
Was this a FTE or individual purchase? individual  
How much did you pay for it? I believe it was a either a free download or it came with the software preloaded on my PC  
Based on what you paid for this product how well did it meet your needs? Very well … for free!  
How would you rate this product in accordance with how well it met your needs? 4 4.0
Knowing what you know now about this product would you purchase this product ? Why or why not? Yes, it served me well.  
How difficult is it to implement a site-wide license? I don’t know.  
What is the expense of upgrades? Does it automatically upgrade? I believe free upgrades are available.  
What year did your institute first try using this software? 1999  
What tasks did you want it to perform? I wanted to convert audio recordings into soundfiles.  
Are there maintenance requirements? No  
Editing: How easy is it to make changes to the product? Easy  
Technical considerations Rate the level of problems you or your users have had with this software package. 4 4.0
Additional comments:    
Does this program require a lot of memory on your computer? Yes  
Does this software work with or is able to create various necessary file formats? Yes  
Can you install program yourself or does it require help of systems admin? Install it yourself  
Overall Pros Easy to use.  
Overall Cons Has some limits to what it can do, but it works well for doing the basics.  
Final Comments    

 

 

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