Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced
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Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced

Beginner to Advanced, this Audacity course takes you way beyond the basics of Audacity into advanced editing skills
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Created by Mike Adams
Last updated 7/2020
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What you'll learn
  • Skilled audio editing techniques using Audacity audio recording and editing software
  • LUFS loudness standards for podcasts and how to achieve proper LUFS levels for your podcast
  • The proper use and function of Audacity plugins
  • Applying compression, normalization, and the noise gate in Audacity
  • Bass and treble effects and the graphic EQ in Audacity
  • Reducing breath and mouth sounds in your Audacity recording
  • Eliminating uhms, repeats, and false starts using tools in Audacity
  • Using sync-lock tracks in Audacity
  • The principles of volume, distortion, and clipped audio in Audacity
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • Audacity Bootcamp takes you from beginner to advanced in your Audacity podcast editing skills

Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced explores many of the features and tools within Audacity and how to use them in podcast recording, editing, and production. This course goes way beyond the basics and will help build your confidence and increase your abilities and skills in using Audacity as your podcast editing and production tool. As the name implies this course is for anyone, beginner to advanced, who wants to learn skilled methods of audio editing and production using Audacity. Because of that, there are no prerequisites for this course. Beginning students are encouraged to complete each lesson in the order presented to get the most benefit from the course. But more advanced students may want to complete the lessons most relevant to them. The choice is yours. The course consists of 53 lectures distributed across three sections:

1. Beginning Audacity Bootcamp

2. Intermediate Audacity Bootcamp

3. Advanced Audacity Bootcamp

Along the way, we explore topics like graphic EQ, the filter curve, noise reduction, manipulating audio waveforms, compression, normalization, sample rates, voiceovers, voice frequency, the draw tool, the zero-crossing tool, the limiter, metadata, LUFS and loudness normalization, the noise gate, stereo vs mono, templates, filters, multi track editing, amplify and silence, and Audacity plugins.

If you're looking for a course in Audacity that teaches both the basics of Audacity and takes you beyond the basics to advanced levels of instruction, this course is for you. Plus, you can't beat Udemy's 30 day money back guarantee. Thank you for your interest in Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced and I hope to see you inside.

Who this course is for:
  • Podcasters, podcast editors and producers, audio editors
  • Anyone wanting to learn basic to advanced Audacity podcast editing techniques
Course content
Expand all 53 lectures 05:49:22
+ Beginning Audacity Bootcamp
18 lectures 01:44:36

Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp! Let's talk briefly about what you're going to learn in this first section of the course.

Preview 01:03

In this lesson, let's get Audacity downloaded and installed on your computer. The links to the Audacity Team website and the Fosshub website are in the resources folder for you.

Preview 03:41

Now that you've got Audacity and downloaded and installed, let's take a tour of some of the major tools in the user interface.

The Audacity User Interface

Every time Audacity starts, it scans your audio hardware. If you've added new hardware since starting Audacity, Audacity won't see it unless you re-scan the hardware.

Preview 01:29

Let's start recording some audio and look at some of the features in Audacity related to recording.

Recording Audio Tracks

The Selection Toolbar contains the tools you'll be using as an editor. Let me introduce you to them.

The Selection Toolbar

Keyboard shortcuts can be a time-saver when your editing and doing a lot of repetitive actions in Audacity. Let's talk about shortcuts in this lesson.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Waveforms are the visual representation of the audio that resides in your tracks. Knowing the anatomy of a waveform is crucial to editing audio.

Audacity Waveforms

Let's look at some of the characteristics of the Play/Record head.

The Play/Record Head

Projects created in Audacity can only be opened and read by Audacity. Projects are different from the audio files you export for your podcast. Saved Projects are easy to come back to and do any additional editing required.

Creating, Saving, and Opening Projects

Let's look at ways to select tracks for editing.

Audio Tracks: Selecting Tracks

Naming your tracks helps you keep track of them. This is helpful when your project has grown to a large number of tracks and makes identifying individual tracks easier.

Preview 03:37

There are different ways to display waveforms on your screen to assist you in editing. Let's take a look.

Waveform Views

Let's take a look at how to solo, mute, collapse, and expand tracks.

Audio Tracks: Solo, Mute, Collapse, and Expand Tracks

Let's continue our discussion about audio tracks by taking a look at the balance and volume slider bars.

Audio Tracks: Balance and Volume Slider Bars

Audio needs to be converted to digital signals before Audacity can do anything with it. For example, Audacity takes the analog audio of our voices and converts it to digital audio as it enters Audacity. To do this, Audacity samples the audio. Sample rates refer to how fast and how often the audio is sampled during the conversion from analog to digital. As a general rule, the higher the sample rate, the more the digital audio sounds like the original analog audio.

Audio Tracks: Sample Rates

Let me show you how to fit all of your tracks on the screen, both horizontally and vertically.

Preview 03:24

We need to be able to move audio around in our project as we edit. Let's talk about how to delete, split, move, and join tracks in this lesson.

Delete, Split, Move, and Join Audio
+ Intermediate Audacity Bootcamp
14 lectures 01:52:47

As we start Section Two, let's take a minute and talk about what you're going to learn.

Preview 00:51

Audacity lets you import audio from other sources into your project. Importing audio is different than opening audio and in this lesson, I show you the difference.

Importing Audio

What's the difference between stereo and mono and should I be recording my podcasts in one, as opposed to the other?

Stereo or Mono?

We want our audio to sound good in our podcast or video. I can have an average video but if the audio is superior, the quality of the video can be overlooked. But if the audio is bad, most people are going to shut it off. The same is true of podcasts. Good audio attracts listeners. Volume, distortion, and clipped audio are the subjects of this lesson.

Volume, Distortion, and Clipped Audio

Let's continue talking about good audio and take a look at the amplify, attenuate, and silence capabilities in Audacity.

Amplify, Attenuate, and Silence

Noise comes in all shapes and sizes. We don't want noise in our audio because it's a distraction and depredates the audio quality.  Let's talk about the noise reduction tool.

Preview 09:15

do you have music in your podcast? Let's look at the fade-in and fade-out effects in Audacity.

Fade In and Fade Out

The limiter is used to limit the audio in Audacity which in turn, prevents the audio from getting too high, resulting in clipped or distorted audio.

The Limiter

When deleting a section of audio, it's best to ensure our end selection points are at the zero-volume point prior to deletion. This helps keep popping or other unwanted noises from being introduced.

Preview 04:40

Let's eliminate and reduce breath and mouth sounds in our podcast.

Reducing Breath and Mouth Sounds

This annoying uhms, repeated phrases, and false starts don't belong in our podcast. Let's eliminate or reduce them whenever we can.

Uhms, Repeats, and False Starts

The play-at-speed tool is an invaluable aid when editing your podcast. Let me show you a couple of ways to can help.

The Play-at-Speed Toolbar

Audacity can synchronize your tracks together. If you have tracks in your project that need to stay synchronized, let me show you how.

Sync-Lock Tracks

The label track can function as a separator for groups of synced tracks. If you need some of your tracks synchronized differently than other tracks, you can use the label track to keep them separate. You can also use the label track to add labels or notes to your project.

The Label Track
+ Advanced Audacity Bootcamp
21 lectures 02:11:59

Let me introduce you to the topics we're going to cover in this advanced section.

Preview 00:52

The auto-duck effect is a form of track automation that provides a convenient way to reduce music in your podcast during voice-over narration.

The Auto-Duck Effect

The Envelope tool resides in the Tools Toolbar and is another effective way to duck out a section of audio or music during voice-over narration.

The Envelope Tool

What is voice frequency? This lesson is an introduction to voice frequencies in preparation for the next several lectures.

Understanding Voice Frequency

The graphic EQ can be used to shape the tone quality of your podcast to make it sound more professional.

The Graphic Equalizer

Just like the Graphic EQ, The Filter Curve can be used to shape the tone quality of your podcast to make it sound more professional.

The Filter Curve

What are high-pass and low-pass filters?

Preview 05:00

Let's look at another way to shape the tone quality of your podcast using the Bass and Treble effect.

Bass and Treble Effects

The noise gate is another tool in Audacity designed to keep out unwanted sounds or frequencies. The noise gate is either open or closed and can be an effective way to reduce unwanted audio in your podcast.

The Noise Gate

Compression is a way to manipulate the audio in your tracks to keep the louder parts of your track sounding louder, while not actually being louder than the parameters you set.


Normalization adjusts the volume of your entire track or selection to the peak level that you determine.


LUFS is the measurement of the overall perceived loudness level (in dB) of your podcast. It's a reference to the overall loudness of your project or podcast from start to finish. There are LUFS standards for podcasts. Stereo podcasts should be mastered to a LUFS level of -16 LUFS. Mono podcasts should be mastered to a LUFS level of -19 LUFS.

In this first of three lessons on LUFS, or loudness units, I illustrate LUFS using the Waves Loudness Meter plugin. This plugin helped me understand LUFS and what LUFS looks like when applied to a waveform. There is a link to the WAVES Loudness Meter plugin in the resources folder in case you want to get a copy. There are also some excellent tutorial videos there.

Loudness Leveling (LUFS) Using the Waves Plugin

Starting in version 2.4.1, Audacity now has a Loudness Leveling plugin of its own that allows you to set the LUFS level of your audio where it needs to be.

Loudness Leveling (LUFS) Using Audacity

The Auphonic Desktop Leveler is a stand-alone software program that I use to level the audio of my podcasts and videos to the appropriate level. I never publish a podcast episode or a video without first leveling the audio using the Auphonic Desktop Leveler. I recommend this product if your budget allows. There is also an option on the Auphonic website to upload your audio for leveling, using that method. The link is in the Resources tab.

Loudness Leveling (LUFS) Using the Auphonic Desktop Leveler

Let me show you how to mix down your stereo tracks to mono tracks and how to convert your mono tracks to stereo.

Preview 04:09

Let's talk about mix and render. There are a couple of ways to do this in Audacity. This was a required step, back in my pro audio music days to see the composite final product. It's not required before exporting your project for your podcast, but it can be a helpful way to see your composite project before you export it.

Mix and Render

All of those effects in your drop-down effects menu are plugins. Let's take a look at the add and remove plugins feature.

Add/Remove Plugins

Metadata is information about your exported audio file that is attached to the file and is something you should be utilizing.

What is Metadata?

Let's take a look at how to export your files once you're done editing your project.

Exporting Files

Now that you've finished editing your podcast and have exported it to an MP3 or M4a file, what should you look for in a podcast hosting service?

Hosting Your Podcast

Congratulations on finishing the Audacity Bootcamp! I hope this course met your expectations and that you benefitted from it. Don't forget to grab your Certificate of Completion. You've worked hard for it. Would you consider leaving me a rating and review of the course? It would help me to know where it needs improvement and it will help future students to make an informed decision in their search for an Audacity course. Also, feel free to reach out to me any time with questions or suggestions. You own this course and are free to return to it at any time. Please feel free to recommend this course to others if you're so inclined.

Congratulations On Finishing This Course