This a quick follow-up to my last post.
Here's how I think an automatic recording system for Micetro would work:
1. Buy a < $100 PC and a $10 computer mic.
2. Install LineInRec, DropBox, and FLAC.
3. Go to regional settings -- set the date separator to hyphen (instead of slash).
4. Program the computer's BIOS to turn it on at 8pm every night.
5. Schedule an XP task to turn it off at 9:30pm every night but Saturday, and 1:00am on Saturday night.
6. Schedule a recording task for 10pm on Saturday. This task would be something like:
linco -D 1:30:00 -B 16 -R 44100 | flac -o "C:\DropBox\Micetro %date%.flac"
That means, "tell LineInRec to record for an hour and a half, and pipe the output to the FLAC encoder; tell the FLAC encoder to save a file of the form "Micetro <today's date>" in the DropBox directory.
Note that after this, DropBox should upload the new FLAC file automatically.
I still have to take it the rest of the way myself: load the FLAC, snip off the leading and trailing "whitespace", transcode it to an mp3, add ID3 tags, upload it to the proper location, and create a podcast entry.
I assume I can largely automate *that* process, too, once I actually figure out what I'm doing.
 We will install this machine in the sound booth, hook it up to the Internet at the Hideout, and plant the computer mic in the sound-booth window.
 I don't want to have to put up with correcting this for DST.
Mood: accomplished · Music: none