Improve Your Voiceovers in MINUTES!

Record, Clean, and Enhance your audio in MINUTES using free software! Don't let poor audio ruin your awesome video!
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  • Lectures 19
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 3/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description


Never worry about poor audio again! Learn how to cut mistakes and remove background noise from your voiceovers or audio recordings using a 100% free software called Audacity!

Audacity is a powerful program. But, if you're just recording a voiceover, you don't need to learn a lot of the technical mumbo jumbo. In this course, we'll go over just the essentials that you'll need to create clear audio.


Not a problem! I've included a sample project called "Maximus The Cat" that you can follow along with as I clean and enhance it right in front of you!


That's fine, too! Like I said, we'll go over just what you need to know. We also go over some troubleshooting tips for Windows users! I explain all of the terminology that you might need to know as they come up, so that you never feel overwhelmed!

You could have recorded your voiceover through your phone, a headset, or from your webcam. The process will work for all of them. Our feline friend is waiting, so let's get started!

What are the requirements?

  • Audacity (Free, Windows, Mac, Linux) - We'll go over how to Install it in the course!
  • Recording Device (Headset, Microphone, etc.)
  • Internet Connection (to download the program)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Record and edit audio in Audacity
  • Remove background noise
  • Remove breaths and mistakes
  • Make edits quickly with keyboard shortcuts
  • Enhance their audio with Normalization and Compression
  • Troubleshoot problems when setting up equipment

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who creates video or audio content
  • Anyone who wants to improve his/her audio
  • No past experience with the program is needed

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

What is Audacity?
Free audio recording software. Available for WIndows, Macs, and Linux

Important Voiceover Tips:
Record your voiceover before you start working on your video! It'll keep the pacing smooth and makes your video look and sound more professional.

Section 2: Installation and Recording

To get started, we have to install the program first! We'll go over the three files that you need to download (and where to get them). They'll let us import video files directly into Audacity so that we can edit their audio and export our finished projects as MP3 files!


This lecture will clear up a bunch of questions you may have about the right recording settings to use for your voiceovers!

We'll also go over how to fix any recording problems you may run into while you set up the program! (WIndows only)

Finally, we'll record the "Maximus the Cat" sample file that we'll use throughout the rest of this course!

Quiz 1: Getting Started
5 questions
1 page
Lecture notes for:
  • What is Audacity and Why You Need It
  • Install Audacity, How to Import Videos, and Export to MP3
  • Recording Your Audio (and Troubleshooting Problems)

Section 3: Cleaning and Enhacing

The Noise Removal effect is the first step to creating an amazing voiceover! It takes only a couple of seconds to do and you'll see an instant improvement!


Editing out breaths and mistakes is actually the longest part of this process. In this video, we'll create a couple of Keyboard Shortcuts that will save you so much time editing your audio!


Now that we have our shortcuts set up, it's time to edit the audio! We'll edit out the breaths and mistakes from the "Maximus the Cat" sample file and get it nice and clean!


As a finishing touch, we'll run normalization and compression on our audio track to balance it out and make sure that it's not too loud or soft!

2 pages

Lecture Notes for:

  • Using the Noise Removal Effect
  • Setting up Keyboard Shortcuts (To Speed up Editing)
  • Cleaning the Audio (Removing Breaths, Mistakes, and Silences)
  • Finishing Touches – Normalize and Compress Your Audio

Section 4: Creating The MP3 File

We removed the background noise, edited out mistakes, and enhanced it with normalization and compression. Now, it's time to save it as a MP3 file! We'll recap the MP3 settings to use and talk a little about using Tags!


No time to go through the entire course? Get a 5-minute overview of the important stuff here! If you take anything away from this course, I hope that it's these 5 points!

Quiz 2: Effects and Settings
5 questions
1 page
Lecture Notes for:
  • Export Your Audio Track
  • Audacity Essential Tips

Section 5: Bonus Lessons

A quick Thank You video and information about the two new lectures that I just added!


If you don't want to have to Normalize and Compress your audio every single time, you can set up a "Chain" that will automatically run the effects whenever you want! It's easy to set up and it can save you a lot of time, especially if you use the same effects over and over again!


The Auto Duck effect is a cool effect that works great with a voiceover and background music! The effect will cause the music to automatically get softer while you're talking and automatically get louder after you stop talking! It's a great way to fill in pauses between lines of dialogue and it's easy to set up!


Record the percussion, melody, and harmony for your song and mix them together in Audacity!

Included Files:
Clapping Track (Solo)
Harmony Track (Solo)
Melody Track (Solo)
Full Song (Cleaned)


Any Video Converter

Important Installation Tip:
Install via "Custom Install"
Uncheck any programs listed there

Tip #2:
Increasing bitrate/resolution over the original won't improve its quality

My Usual Settings:
720p: 3000kbps
1080p: 5000kbps

2 pages
Lecture Notes for:
  • Create a Chain to Automate Effects
  • Auto Duck Effect (Combine Your Voiceover with Background Music)
  • Convert Video and Audio Files with Any Video Converter

3 pages

Check out the different microphones that I've tried and what I recommend! Learn about the differences between omni directional and cardioid and why they're important!

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Instructor Biography

Luke Yoshida, Video Creation Instructor

I believe that tutorials don't need to be extremely long to be effective. I created my VideoHelp website and all of my video creation courses because I was tired of seeing 5+ hour courses created when the same thing could have been taught in 1-2 hours.

Video creation is getting increasingly important for both online and offline success. Don't waste your time watching 3 different Youtube videos every time you want to learn one particular part of a program! I'll teach it to you in a fun, fast, and comprehensive way!

I love learning new things about a program and I am eager to share that knowledge with you!

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