Get started using Audacity - even if you've never used the software before! We'll start by walking you through how to download and install the program, move on to the layout and functions of the software, then move into some of the most essential and basic functions of this powerful audio editing tool.
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Hi, Carey here…
I'm not one to mince words. I think you'll see that in this video. It introduces you to the course ahead, challenging you to get your mind right and your attitude determined so you can truly MASTER the Audacity software. Take a bit to listen to this, then set your mind and get busy!
This video will walk you through the layout of the Audacity software to help you become familiar with the program. Take your time to walk through this one. Go through the things I cover in your own program, as it may be laid out slightly different than what you see on my screen. Be sure to get this down. The more familiar you are with the layout of the program, the more efficient you'll be in using the Audacity program.
You will also learn how to export an Audacity project into another format - mp3, wav, aiff, or whatever you prefer. Those are the formats you would use in most media players, or to upload to a podcast host like Libsyn.
Watch until near the end of the video to get the website where you may need to download the LAME mp3 codec that will enable you to export mp3 files.
You can find that plugin file for FREE at http://lame.sourceforge.net
This session is all about Audacity "projects" - and that's a distinction you'll want to get very clear in your head. Watch and listen to learn the difference and know how you can create a project, open a project, save a project, and import sounds or music into an existing project.
This is a quick quiz to make sure you know the difference between an Audacity project and other file formats.
This session will show you how to record sounds using a microphone, how to import music into the program, how to play those audio files, how to save the project, and how to export the project into a mp3 file for use in other programs and applications.
In this video I give you an assignment. If you need music to use, I have included a file you can download and import into Audacity.
Test yourself on what you learned in the past video.
This is where it starts to get fun! You'll be creating your very own Voice-Over in this lesson. It won't be something you'll use for professional purposes, but it will show you the ease with which you can create truly useful things in Audacity. Have fun!You can also use the music in the resources below to do this project - but PLEASE, do NOT use it in any commercial or production uses that you plan to publish.
Just a quick couple of questions to make sure you understand the function and use of a "Voice Over."
The "play at speed" function is a way to speed up the audio you're editing (it will sound like chipmunks) so that you can listen, watch, and make edits faster. You won't be able to speed up your audio much at first because your ears and brain need to become accustomed to the faster speech. But in time you'll be able to increase to 2X speed and even more.
Want to test your knowledge of the "play at speed" function in Audacity? Here you go!
There are many ways to select the particular area you want to edit. Some require the use of the mouse, others use keyboard functionality.
There are also ways that you can modify a selection you've already made.
And, as with all software, there are little quirks with the program that you need to understand. And don't worry, I cover the work-arounds for those glitches.
There are many scenarios when you will need to split an audio track or element into two pieces. How do you do that? I'll show you in this session of the course.
Functions covered in this session:
Some questions to make sure you understand the differences between the different "split" functions
Sometimes you'll need to add new audio the end of something you already have recorded in your Audacity project. You'll want to use the "append record" function. Here's how.
Just to help you feel confident that you understand the "append record" function. :)
When you're creating an overall "mix" or finished project, you'll often have elements where the audio levels (volume) are not the same. If you leave it that way, listeners will have to be constantly turning their volume up and down. To avoid that, use the "Leveler" effect. Here's how.
The Leveler effect can be a bit tricky. Here's some questions to help you make sure you've understood it clearly.
"Compression" of audio files is a very confusing thing. I have to review the concept periodically myself, so don't be bothered if you don't get it at first. Watch the video a few times to understand and know how to apply the compression effect properly. And remember, if you mess it up, you can always do "CTRL+Z" to undo the damage!
To make sure you know how compression works and how to use it within Audacity.
Most recordings have some level of background noise in them. Computer fan noise, traffic outside the window, etc. That's where the "noise removal" effect can come in very handy. But you have to be careful with it, you can distort the audio you want to keep if you use this effect too aggressively. Learn how to use "noise removal" the right way in this video.
There is a way to use Audacity somewhat like a "mixer", allowing you to record your voice over a track as it plays, so that you can hear it while you're recording. That's the "overdub" function - this lesson will teach you how to use it.
Audacity really begins to shine when you start working with multiple tracks. This is where you begin to make complex (or more complex) mixes of a variety of tracks and effects. This is a pretty involved process, so you'll have two lessons on this topic.
More multiple track tips here!
Let's make sure you get it when it comes to working with multiple tracks.
I'm a retired Pastor, now working as an entrepreneur - making my entire living online. My primary business is Podcast Fast Track - a company that provides podcast production services and show notes to busy podcasters. I also provide life coaching and have written a number of fiction and non-fiction books..
My Audacity for Podcasting courses are created from my personal experience using the open source Audacity audio editing program. I'm passing along my hard-learned tips and tricks to enable you to be a better editor of your own (or someone else's) podcast audio.