By SoundTech Professional Audio

Reviewed for High School, 2008

Lightsnake Podcasting Kit

Is your teen a news-hound? A musician? Does she love playing DJ at parties and get-togethers? Podcasting is a great way for her to get her voice out to a limitless audience on the Web, in a creative and safe venue. This program comes with a microphone that plugs directly into a computer's USB port, making the recording process a breeze. The kit sports Sony's Acid XMC software, which allows your teen to edit the tracks she's layed-down, plus a one-year subscription to Acidplanet Prozone, an online host for her podcast. After adding to her playlist, your D.J. can then share her URL with family and friends. And while anyone can get to Acidplanet and view your child's work, no vital information is displayed online and her account is password protected. After a few test-runs with the technology, your teen will be on her way to becoming a top-notch radio personality. Terry Gross, watch out! (SoundTech Professional Audio, $149.99)