Audacity Professional Vocals for Courses Video & More Part 1
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Use Audacity FREE audio software to record & edit vocals: Install, Overview, Record & Edit for video and audio projects
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Created by Eric Larson
Last updated 6/2017
Price: Free
  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install Audacity audio recording and editing software and utilize its basic functions with the overall future goal of using it to create and edit vocal recordings for professional results used in videos, online courses, YouTube videos, podcasts, narration and voiceover projects, and more.
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  • The ideal student is one who currently creates video or audio recordings related to online courses, YouTube, or podcasts, and wants to use software to edit the audio portion for professional sounding results. Students should have a basic understanding of digital audio and video, recording and playback, and should have a basic understanding of computers and software in general. This course does however start at a very low level to include and teach as many different levels of experience as possible.

Do you want to improve the overall quality of your vocal recordings for online courses, YouTube videos, voiceovers, narration, or other projects? Audacity FREE audio software and the techniques taught in this course and our other course “Audacity Professional Vocals for Courses Video & More Part 2” will get you the professional results you’ve been looking for.

Hi my name is Eric. I am a course creator and have learned many lessons throughout my recording experiences.  I created this course for anyone who wants to improve the quality of their audio vocal recordings for video or audio projects by learning the basics of audio recording and the Audacity audio recording and editing software.

In this course, “Part 1”, we will review and install Audacity FREE audio recording and editing software, to give you a thorough overview and to prepare you for “Part 2” where we use the software to clean up noise, mistakes, problems, and fix level issues and overall volume and clarity for a professional result…

We will cover:

·      An Audio Recording and Editing Overview

·      Introduction to Audacity

·      Audacity website and robust documentation and support sites

·      Installation instructions and demonstration for Audacity

·      Installation of third-party plug-ins

·      A detailed review of Audacity functions and tools

·      Recording audio with Audacity

·      A recording overview using screencast software

·      Initial audio editing outside of Audacity for preparation (applying to screencast or video software)

·      Exporting a udio from other projects for use in Audacity

·      Importing audio in to Audacity

·      Initial audio analysis and editing with Audacity

·      Practice challenges/homework assignments to give you hands-on experience

Take our course “Part 2” to learn more, using real life audio examples to meticulously clean up noise, mistakes, problems, and fix level issues and overall volume, clarity, and quality for a professional result, followed by exporting the final audio and importing into our screencast or video projects, and lastly a quick review of multi-track audio recording and mixing to take your audio to the next level. Part 2 also includes downloadable Audacity projects and audio files so you can follow along and practice with the actual projects used in the course.

Enroll in this course today to get started using Audacity audio software to get professional audio results for all of your audio and video projects.

Who is the target audience?
  • Students should take this course if they want to learn the installation and basics of Audacity audio recording and editing software in relation to videos, online courses, YouTube videos, podcasts, narration and voiceover projects, and more, as the first step in getting the best quality vocal audio recordings possible for many different types of projects.
  • Do not take this course if you do not currently, or do not plan on learning to, record and edit your own audio vocal files for audio and video projects, or have no computer experience.
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
1 Lecture 02:08


Introduction, Goals, Overview, Agenda
6 Lectures 51:47
    Audio Recording and Editing Overview

  • Overview of Recording High Quality Audio and Editing
    • Audio Recording Overview – Narration and Vocals focus
      • Critical to capture best source audio possible
      • Equipment
      • Software – Camtasia/Screencast and Audacity/Audio
        • Camtasia – screencast recording, and initial content editing. Does have some audio editing features, but we recommend exporting and using more powerful editing software. Our main example will be a screencast using Camtasia.
        • Audacity – audio only recording (narration, podcasts, voiceovers, etc.), powerful editing tools.
      • Applications – Courses, Narration, Podcasts, YouTube, etc.
      • Course overview - Recording overview, Editing Audio
    • Equipment: microphone -> mic input or interface -> pop shield -> room reflection dampening  -> recording software, multi-track
    • Audio Editing Overview – content (cutting, copying, pasting, rearranging), quality (noise removal, normalization, compression, equalization), projects, exporting final audio
    • Experimenting and practicing is critical to good audio

Audio Recording and Editing Overview

    Introduction to Audacity

  • Introduction to Audacity

    • Audacity Introduction
    • Software with open project
      • High level short overview, tracks, tools, buttons, play, record, edit, effects, effects are not real-time, they are processed, but some have real-time preview, content editing, export final audio, preferences
    • Website
    • Audacity FREE audio recording and editing software for Mac, Windows, Linux
    • Very powerful, lots of useful tools and effects, works with multiple audio formats
    • Excellent support community and support site, definitions page, widely used
    • Other software of your choice can be used, as these techniques apply to other audio editors, though tools, settings, and process may differ

Introduction to Audacity

Audacity Installation

  • Installation
  • Common issues and resolutions
    • OS security issue
    • Launch failure config file issue
  • Updating codecs instructions
  • Nyquist Noise Gate installation instructions
Audacity Installation

CHALLENGE: Install Audacity

CHALLENGE: Install Audacity

Overview Of Audacity Tools Part 1

  • Transport Toolbar, mention spacebar and other shortcuts
  • Tools Toolbar
  • Recording Meter Toolbar
  • Mixer Toolbar
  • Playback Meter Toolbar
  • Edit Toolbar
  • Device Toolbar
  • Transcription Toolbar
  • Tracks
    • Track Controls
    • Mono or Stereo
    • Track options and tools
    • Track Waveform and Spectrogram

Overview Of Audacity Tools Part 1

Overview Of Audacity Tools Part 2

  • Selection Toolbar – start, end, length, position
    • Timeline, quick play
    • Select, cut, copy, paste, move, zoom
    • Selection hand to expand
    • Selection play only that portion
    • Selection apply effects to only that portion
    • Select portions of multiple tracks
  • Saving projects
  • Exporting files, formats
  • Importing files
  • Audacity Preferences
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
Overview Of Audacity Tools Part 2
4 Lectures 35:16

Recording With Audacity Part 1

  • Very quick review
  • Example used is a very affordable simple EarPods mic solution
  • Other recording hardware options
  • Recording Overview and Settings
    • Input and output hardware settings
    • Input levels
    • Output levels and monitoring
    • Audio recording quality settings
Recording With Audacity Part 1

Recording With Audacity Part 2

  • Recording live example
  • Playback
  • Import book narration example (recorded with professional mic setup)
Recording With Audacity Part 2

CHALLENGE: Record Audio With Audacity

CHALLENGE: Record Audio With Audacity

Recording With Screencast Software

  • Recording outside of Audacity with Camtasia
  • Brief review of recording process with screenshots
    • We use Camtasia software to demonstrate the process of editing audio from screencast videos, but the course also applies to different screencast solutions, and other video and audio recordings.
    • If you use this course for other editing besides Camtasia, you can do it differently and edit video synching with other video software after audio editing
    • And if you are doing audio only, you can skip this lesson
    • Source audio should be the best it can be
      • Use best mic for your setup and budget
      • Reducing reflections and echo/reverb. Extremely important as these things are hard to fix after recording. There are some tools but it makes things very difficult and this course does not cover that.
      • Prepare your content before presenting and speaking
      • While speaking you can make mistakes and continue to record and repeat as this can all be edited after.
      • The fewer the issues in the source recording content and quality, the faster editing will be, and the higher the final quality will be
    • Camtasia screencast software quick review
    • Screencast recording process
      • Setting levels – Camtasia and Apple system preferences
      • Do a test to make sure audio is being recorded as best as possible.
      • Record
      • Stop
    • Media window and media clips
    • Tracks
    • Save project
    • Playback recorded content, listen to content and quality

Recording With Screencast Software
5 Lectures 01:09:51

Initial Editing With Screencast Software Part 1

  • Bring up recorded example, mention it, and how it has obvious mistakes and noise
  • Quick review
  • Initial editing helps to get final length and order by removing and fixing issues (like deleting mistakes, deleting long pauses, moving sections to be in correct order if necessary
  • Audio and video synching is critical – this initial editing helps keep audio and video in synch
  • Initial edits apply to audio and video tracks together
  • Headphones are important to hear noises, but rough editing like this can be done with speakers, etc.
  • Zoom, edit, cut, move
  • Clips segments to remove or move
  • Highlight section to delete
  • Drag clips together
  • Snap guides
  • Edit pops, stitching will remove this
  • Non-destructive editing
  • Synch issue example

Initial Editing With Screencast Software Part 1

Initial Editing With Screencast Software Part 2

  • Continued editing
  • Moving a section to a different location
  • Remove some blank spaces and long silences
  • Remove some obvious noises
  • Editing can significantly reduce the overall length of your recording, which is good
  • Stitching
  • COMMAND DELETE will cut, move and stitch all at once
  • Replace a portion of video only
  • Slicing just one track and not both or all – split at playhead
  • Listen again to confirm this would be the final length, order, content
  • Save frequently. Camtasia does have recovery options, but I ere on the side of caution
  • Backup files as a precaution

Initial Editing With Screencast Software Part 2

Exporting Audio From Source and Importing in to Audacity

  • Export only audio to be edited
  • Stitch audio track to remove pops and join noises
  • Audio and video tracks, and tracks with both audio and video
  • Example of a video clip and separating the audio and video tracks, so you can export the audio for editing and re-import after editing
  • Mute video track and others - point out system sounds - can keep in if wanted or keep separate. Best practice is to mute all but the track we are exporting just in case
  • Export - share - advanced – “export to audio only m4a”, emphasize this will be good quality export
  • Chose export location and filename
  • Open Audacity
  • Import in to audacity new project
  • Stereo - change to mono
  • Duplicate track to keep original, rename
  • Solo the new track
  • Save project, name file
Exporting Audio From Source and Importing in to Audacity

Editing Audio Content with Audio Software Part 1

  • Select only the track you are working on – you can select multiple tracks and they will be affected by your edits
  • Very quick review audacity playback settings and tools, zoom, hand, cursor,
  • Playback and monitoring the audio
  • Emphasize that if working with video or slide presentations, you need to keep everything where it is for syncing
  • Deleting a selection – moves all other audio up to join, therefore changing the overall length and position of that audio in respect to video, or slides
  • Inserting silence to remove noises keeps content length
  • Inspecting the waveform – zooming for detail, identifying waveforms that become easily recognizable like breaths, other noises.
  • Select play back position
  • Spacebar stop and start
  • Selecting a section of audio
  • Headphones and volume to hear every little noise
  • Visualizing and listening are both important
  • Removing vocal breaths
  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Selecting a section – playback. Selecting the wrong portion of a wave for when cutting, pasting or muting, at times can cause a pop, and sometimes you grab too much of a silent section and add a pop.
  • Fade-in/fade-out technique that helps remove cut noises
  • Always listen to edits right away to make sure they are clean
Editing Audio Content with Audio Software Part 1

Editing Audio Content with Audio Software Part 2

  • Continue analyzing audio for edits
  • Removing Pops and clicks
  • Zoom to individual samples, draw away pops
  • Insert silence to remove pops
  • Adding silence to beginning and end – mention syncing
Editing Audio Content with Audio Software Part 2
Conclusion, Thank you, SPECIAL OFFER, Websites and Contact Info
1 Lecture 06:08

Conclusion, Thank you, SPECIAL OFFER, Websites and Contact Info

Please visit for a SPECIAL OFFER AND DISCOUNT for "Audacity Professional Vocals for Courses Video & More Part 2" where we take Audacity skills to the next level to edit existing vocal recordings to remove mistakes, reduce noise, and optimize levels, and more using Audacity FREE audio software!

Watch this conclusion for more information on "Part 2".

We also encourage you to join our email list at for new courses, course updates, and special offers, and find more info on our site for other courses and support!

Thank you again!

Conclusion, Thank you, SPECIAL OFFER, Websites and Contact Info
About the Instructor
Eric Larson
4.6 Average rating
149 Reviews
5,762 Students
3 Courses

Hi my name is Eric Larson. I have been working with Internet technologies, and audio and video for over fifteen years, and have managed and trained operations teams for nearly ten years in a large corporate environment. I am very excited to be bringing this experience to my online courses as a Udemy instructor.

After receiving a four-year college degree in Business, I spent 21 years in the corporate world. I started my career as a purchasing agent for a leading wholesale building products supplier, and learned many of the basics about business, personal responsibility, organization, working with a team, and internal and external business relationships.

Feeling the need to be more creative, I left this position and taught myself web development and design, and graphic design, which I have now been doing for over 15 years. These new skills landed me a job working for an Internet search engine as a Data Analyst. This experience in a high-tech, start-up business culture gave me a whole new perspective on business and technology. Only three years into this new career, however, I found myself unemployed after the company was bought and then subsequently shut down. I used this time of unemployment to further my skills in web design and landed a consulting job building a website for a medical lab design and manufacturing company.

This new experience, and my love for audio and video technology, landed me a full-time position with a small start-up company that specialized in Corporate Communications, and live audio and video webcasting for fortune 500 clients. A large global technology company soon acquired this growing start-up, and we quickly became part of a very large global team. In this position in Webcast Operations, my abilities to learn new technologies quickly, and to teach and train employees, became apparent. I was offered my first corporate team management position after only a year and a half with the company. Over the next nine years I managed a live Webcast Operations team, and a live video encoding center, and worked with other webcasting teams in multiple locations around the globe, including Toronto, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Manila, Australia, Germany, and London.

I have now turned my focus to my real passion for creativity, technology, design, and teaching. Since embarking on this new journey, I have authored several books, continued to build websites, furthered my skills as a student of many online courses, and have embraced the role of an online instructor and course creator. In my free time I enjoy playing drums, guitar, and bass, writing, recording, and playing music, and exploring national parks around the world with my trusty camera by my side.