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HuangKaiVun
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Here is a template that is simple:

___________________________________________

<H2>__________title text__________</H>

<img src="imagename.jpg"> image of HKV

<BR>

________________any more small text you want at the beginning________________

<BR>

<A HREF="filename.wav">file_name</A><BR>

____text describing above wav________

<HR>

<A HREF="filename2.wav">file_name2</A><BR>

____text describing above wav________

<HR>

<A HREF="mailto:HKV@HKVemail.com">e-mail me</A>

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There, insert your information, and make sure you have the linked files in the same directory as your index page. You can link as many wavs as you want, just repeat the pattern.

Maybe all you want to know is how to post the sound files? Just link them like any html link (except .wav instead of .html), and users will be given the option to either open or save them when they click on the link. Hmm... i wonder if those html tags will display....

[This message has been edited by Alistair (edited 04-01-2001).]

[This message has been edited by Alistair (edited 04-01-2001).]

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Have you tried using Microsoft's FrontPage software, or the Composer component of Netscape?

Better, but more expensive, is what I think is now called Allaire HomeStudio -- it's the HTML editor component of Cold Fusion, and it's very elegant, easy to use, and functional. Simple enough for novices, powerful and non-dumbed-down enough for professional use.

(I'm old-fashoned and write my pages using emacs without HTML-mode, but I'm a relic in this sense.)

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As a side note: I wouldn't recommend WAV-format files. They're huge, making them basically impossible downloads for people on modems, and slow even for folks who are on broadband connections.

I like constant-bitrate (CBR-encoded) MP3s; the standard encodings are 16 kbps (28.8 modem), 32 kbps (56k modem), and 56 kbps (broadband), and MusicMatch Jukebox handles this nicely. Quality is a bit more variable this way, but clients that support streaming are able to support listen-while-downloading-in-real-time, a definite plus. The file sizes are also nicely compressed.

FM-quality radio is 64 kbps in either MP3 or Windows Media format; near-CD-quality is 96 kbps. If you're not using professional recording equipment, I suspect there's going to be very little difference in sound quality between those two bitrates, so you might as well use the lower one and save people some download time (and yourself some disk space), unless you get MP3 compression artifacts. (I find that the MP3 algorithm for some reason ends up butchering the E-string sound of certain violinists, causing a strange waveform pitch to cross the upper frequency band, making the clip unlistenable. This is a bug, I guess.)

Neither Tripod nor Homestead really give great download performance, unfortunately. I'd advise a page on MP3.Com instead (and you can sell your videos, future CDs, whatever, that way, too).

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i read somewhere that 192 Kbps is aproximately equivalent to CD quality...

i am pretty sure from listening to MP3s that 128Kbps is not nearly as good as CD quality, and that 256Kbps is well above CD quality (although this extra Kbps doesn't help any if the MP3 was made off of a CD, lol).

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CD Quality is huge. usually a normal 5 minute song is around 80 megs. An mp3 condenses that into around 3-5 megs depending on its bitrate. The standard(about 80% of napster) uses 128kbps because the file size is not too big and you don't lose too much of the sound quality. CD quality is 1400kbps i think, not sure. You might want to try variable bit rate(vbr) encoding. it changes the bit rate throughout the song depending on how much stuff is going on in the song(like if there was silence, it'd go at 64kbps but at a huge orchestral forte, it'll encode at 160kbps)

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HKV, Angelfire.com has virtually foolproof template wizards, you can give them a whirl.

Also, if you have a program like CDex (available at nonags.com) you can convert your .wav files to mp3 at different bitrates and decide which is the best balance between file size and sound quality.

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I used geocities.com for my web site. It's free, they give you 5MB of space and, best of all, their ads are very small - a 2" square space. The wizard worked easily for me, although as an AOL user, I had to log on with a separate browser (Explorer 5.0), as the default AOL browser does not support the Java Script properly.

My website URL is geocities.com/gelrest

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I tried Angelfire when I posted my mp3, but they don't allow large enough downloads even for reasonable quality mp3 files, let alone WAVs. 50megs.com is OK, though some people still had trouble with the download - I suspect lwl's suggestion of mp3.com makes most sense.

HKV, I look forward to hearing your playing.

[This message has been edited by simon (edited 04-04-2001).]

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To HKV,

My sister in NYC has a program called "Web Easy" that can make web sites fast & easy. It will take awhile for me to receive it from her (3-4days). All I really need to do is to figure out how to publish a site.

LKH

Horace

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