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Chapter 2. Preparing Yourself > Encoding Computer and Audio Hardware Requiremen...

Encoding Computer and Audio Hardware Requirements

A few pieces of hardware are necessary to stream audio. Within your computer, certain specifications must be met, such as disk space, processor speed, and RAM. You also need a handful of necessary external objects, such as cabling and speakers. Having a home stereo system of some kind or another—placed close to the computer—is useful, too.

Disk Space

Digital audio, especially raw (uncompressed) stereo audio, takes up a lot of space on a computer’s hard drive. A sound file of raw audio requires about 5MB of disk space per channel per minute. Therefore, a three-minute stereo song file is about 30MB. An entire album of three-minute songs requires somewhere in the neighborhood of 500–650MB of disk space, depending on how many songs are on the album. You get the picture. Since you’re dealing with using a lot of disk space, it’s important to know how much free disk space is available on your authoring computer.


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