Audacity for Podcasting - Master's Level
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Audacity for Podcasting - Master's Level

The intermediate course covering more advanced features and effects in the open-source audio editing program, Audacity.
4.3 (49 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
229 students enrolled
Created by Carey Green
Last updated 10/2019
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  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Ramp up their audio editing skills to a professional level.
  • Take on low-level audio editing jobs to make extra cash!
  • Think wisely about audio editing in a way that is applicable to their editing efforts.
  • Have Audacity installed on your computer.
  • Have basic experience using Audacity (recommended that you take my Bachelor course first).

This course will ramp up your audio editing skills using the open-source (free) audio editing program, Audacity. You'll learn what makes a good edit (editing philosophy), how to listen for the right places to cut and paste in your editing, how to speed up your workflow, and how to professionally make edits that are invisible to the ear. You'll learn some tricks and tips for editing to make it a smoother, more professional process. By the end of this course, depending on how hard you've worked to develop your skill, you may be able to take on some audio editing work to supplement your income.

Who this course is for:
  • FOR people who have basic skills using Audacity
  • FOR people who have taken my "Audacity for Podcasting - Bachelor" course.
  • NOT FOR people who have no experience using Audacity.
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 56:40
+ Philosophy and Tools of Good Audio Editing
5 lectures 16:07

A quick description of what you'll find in this course - and why it's important.

Preview 01:00

You have an audio editing philosophy, even if you don't know that you do. It's the beliefs behind why and how you do your audio editing. In this session I'm going to give you some of the things that are behind the way I edit audio, to help you develop and think through your own editing philosophy. This is a key step to becoming a professional audio editor because it will guide everyting you do.

Preview 07:43

A quick quiz to help you think through your editing philosophy.

Editing Philosophy
2 questions

Headphones are an essential part of your audio editing toolbox. This quick video tells you why and makes some suggestions about how you should look at the use of headphones.

Preview 01:02

Understanding the way sound waves are represented visually in Audacity (the WAV form) is very important for professional editing. This video explains how.

Preview 03:54

You have to be able to do a lot more than simply "hear" what needs to be done to a piece of audio in order to be a good editor. Learn how to use your eyes as well as your ears in this video!

Editing takes more than good listening
+ Templates - an Editor's best time-saving friend!
2 lectures 10:55

Templates are lifesavers... especially if you have an ongoing audio production project that requires the same or similiar format from one session to the next. This session introduces templates and how to set them up.

Creating a simple template

I want to test your understanding of templates in this quiz... give it your best shot!

QUIZ: The Value of using Templates
4 questions

Templates can be simple, like you saw in the previous video. But there can be more complex ones. Here's what that might look like.

Working with a complex Template
+ Functions to make editing easier and faster
4 lectures 09:05

One of the common sense ways to do anything well is to get closer to it, magnify it, look at it closely. The zoom function enables you to do that with sound waves so that you can make precise edits. Find out how to use the zoom function easily and effectively in this video.

ZOOM in and out for more precise edits

Sometimes during editing you need to listen to ONLY one part of your project. Other times you need to listen to multiple tracks, but not all of them. Those are scenarios where the "solo" and "mute" buttons will come in very handy. You'll learn how to use them effectively in this video.

Use the solo and mute buttons to edit more efficiently

Part of becoming a professional quality editor has to do with becoming proficient with the software you use. Here are some tips, tricks, and shortcuts for common functions that you'll be wise to learn and practice.

More selection tips and tricks to make editing quicker

Sometimes you need to edit out a longer section of audio, but it's hard to keep track of where it begins and ends. This is a simple trick you can use to make that simple. Really simple.

Preview 02:43

A quick review of the teachings in this section.

QUIZ: Editing tools, tips, and tricks
4 questions
+ Common editing scenarios and how to deal with them
6 lectures 13:07

Lots of people HATE mouth sounds. You know, lip smacks, wetting their lips, that kind of stuff. Here's what I've learned about dealing with those types of issues.

Dealing with mouth sounds (SMACK!)

For many people, when they think of "audio editing," they think of removing pauses, ummms, uhhhs. filler words, etc. This video explains how I think about those issues so you can have a foundation from which to decide how you're going to choose to think about them.

How to think about and edit pauses and "ummm"s

Sometimes you're able to easily edit out a filler word, but it jams the remaining words together too much. You need to be able to insert some space between those words to make it sound more natural. Here's how.

How to remove filler words and insert needed spaces

Stutters and repeated words. More tips on how to deal with misspeaks and vocal habits.

Stutters and repeated words

Sometimes the repeated things are not just words, but entire phrases - situations where a speaker stammers, restarts, or even fully restates a sentence a second time. These are my thoughts about how to determine what you should take out (if anything), and how to do it.

Editing repeated phrases

Some people don't like the thought of doing any "audio editing" because they think it will make the dialogue too stiff and wooden sounding. But a good editor, which YOU are becoming, knows how to edit in a way that keeps the conversation sounding natural - to the point you wouldn't even know an edit was ever done. Here's how you can begin learning this vital skill.

Keeping the conversations "natural" feeling, even though you've edited it

It's very important that you "get" the things I covered in the scenarios you'll face regularly. Take this quiz to see how well you learned it.

QUIZ: Editing scenarios
4 questions
+ Two powerful tools to keep your editing synced and in order
1 lecture 07:31

How do you keep track of what needs done in project? How do you keep things in place so that your hard work isn't ruined by future edits. You need these two tools.

Using Labels and Sync Lock