Audacity For Podcasting - Bachelor Level
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Audacity For Podcasting - Bachelor Level

Learn the basics of the open-source audio editing program, Audacity - from square 1.
4.3 (14 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
78 students enrolled
Created by Carey Green
Last updated 7/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Edit podcast audio professionally
  • Become an audio producer using Audacity
  • Edit podcast audio for others and make some cash!
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Requirements
  • Own a Windows or Mac computer with plenty of disk space and processor capacity
  • Nothing else - I'll walk you through it from step one!
Description

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.

This course is for:

  • Those who want to learn the basics of audio editing
  • Those who want to start a podcast but don't know how to record or edit audio
  • Those who need to learn the basics of good audio editing technique - and how to do it
  • Anyone who wants to master the skills needed to eventually become an audio editor
Video instruction with a "see it done - then you do it" structureScreen capture videos will show you how to do every function, each step of the way. Assignments will guide you to do what you just learned to embed the skills in your mind. It's up to you to keep practicing until you are proficient.I can learn to be a "professional" audio editor using this software?Seriously, Audacity is used by many professional audio editors and is extremely powerful in what it can do. You'll go from step one all the way to being a skilled user of the software if you walk through these videos and put the skills into practice.
Who is the target audience?
  • Podcasters wanting to improve their Audacity editing skills
  • Newcomers to Audacity who want to learn the program
  • Anyone wanting to learn the nuances of podcast and vocal editing
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
01:29:28
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What to expect and installing the software.
2 Lectures 03:00

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!

Preview 00:55

This video assumes you do not have Audacity on your computer already. You'll walk through the step by step process of finding Audacity on the internet, downloading it, and installing it for the type of computer system you are using.

Preview 02:05
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The basics of the Audacity Interface
3 Lectures 22:16

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

Preview 07:17

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.

Basic Functions of Audacity - Part 1
04:14

This is a quick quiz to make sure you know the difference between an Audacity project and other file formats.

Audacity Projects
3 questions

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.

Basic Functions of Audacity - Part 2
10:45

Test yourself on what you learned in the past video.

Audacity Basic functions #2
6 questions
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It's time to do some fun and practical stuff!
11 Lectures 01:04:12

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.
Create your own Voice-Over - it's time to have some fun!
12:55

Just a quick couple of questions to make sure you understand the function and use of a "Voice Over."

Voice Over Quiz
2 questions

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.

Preview 04:05

Want to test your knowledge of the "play at speed" function in Audacity? Here you go!

Play at Speed quiz
3 questions

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.

How to select sections for editing - fast and easy
02:46

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:

  • Split cut
  • Split delete
  • Silence audio
  • Trim
How to split tracks in two, silence segments of audio, and trim audio
06:43

Some questions to make sure you understand the differences between the different "split" functions

Splitting quiz
4 questions

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.

Add new material to the end of an existing section (append record function)
01:23

Just to help you feel confident that you understand the "append record" function. :)

Append Record quiz
2 questions

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.

Leveling the various sounds and elements within a project (Leveler effect)
01:58

The Leveler effect can be a bit tricky. Here's some questions to help you make sure you've understood it clearly.

Leveler effect quiz
1 question

"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!

What is compression? Why use it? How to use it? (Compression Effect)
08:20

To make sure you know how compression works and how to use it within Audacity.

Compression effect quiz
10 questions

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.

Removing background noise from a section of audio (Noise Removal effect)
07:01

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.

Recording your voice over the top of music already in Audacity (Overdub)
03:35

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.

Working with multiple tracks (higher degree of difficulty) - part 1
12:28

More multiple track tips here!

Working with multiple tracks (higher degree of difficulty) - part 2
02:58

Let's make sure you get it when it comes to working with multiple tracks.

Working with multiple tracks quiz
4 questions
About the Instructor
Carey Green
4.2 Average rating
22 Reviews
92 Students
2 Courses
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Podcast Producer, Author, Coach

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.