Beginning Audacity Bootcamp
- 2 hours on-demand video
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Beginning level tools and functions of Audacity.
- Download, install, and open Audacity. Become familiar with the user interface and do basic editing while learning some basic audio theory.
- There are no prerequisites. This is a beginning, entry-level course
Beginning Audacity Bootcamp is an introductory course that explores many of the features and tools within Audacity and how to use them in podcast editing and production. This beginning course will enhance your confidence and increase your abilities and skills in using Audacity as your podcast editing and production tool. It assumes zero experience with Audacity and starts at the beginning level. Because of that, there are no prerequisites for taking this course. The course consists of 18 lectures distributed across 6 sections:
1. What to Expect and What You’ll Learn
2. Downloading and Installing Audacity
3. The Audacity user Interface
4. Audacity Bootcamp
5. Introduction to Audacity Projects
6. Working With Tracks in Audacity
We explore topics like audio waveforms, the anatomy of an audio track, the difference between Audacity projects and exported files, installing Audacity, manipulating tracks, keyboard shortcuts, and the Audacity user interface.
Audacity is an open-source, cross-platform, free software tool for audio and music editing. The targeted audience for this beginning course is beginning podcast editors and podcasters who are new to Audacity and podcast editing. If that's you, this course is for you. There are no prerequisites for this introductory course. Thank you for your interest and I hope to see you inside.
- Beginning podcasters and podcast editors.
- Beginning podcast editors using Audacity.
In this first lecture I go over what to expect and what you'll learn in this 18 lecture course. I preview topics we'll cover more in-depth like:
Downloading and Installing Audacity
Exploring the Tools Available Inside the Audacity User Interface
Recording Audio Tracks
Creating, Saving, and Opening Projects
Using Keyboard Shortcuts
Understanding Audio Waveforms
Editing and Manipulating Audio Tracks
Buckle in and let's go!
Let's talk about what you're going to learn in Section 4, Audacity Bootcamp.
In this lecture, I show you how to rescan your computer hardware in Audacity. Every time Audacity starts, it scans your audio-related hardware. Plugging an external microphone or other audio device into your computer after Audacity is already running will result in it not showing up in the Device Toolbar. But you can rescan your hardware from within Audacity any time there is a change and the new hardware will be available to Audacity at that time.
In this lecture we look more closely at the anatomy of an audio waveform and some of the options in Audacity for displaying and manipulating waveforms. You as an editor will spend most of your time in Audacity working with waveforms. Waveforms are where the audio resides and the audio is your playground as a podcast editor.
NOTE: I updated this video with a short pre-video on 6/1/20 to reflect a change in Audacity 2.4.1. This change affects accessing the Waveform dB view, now called the Linear dB view. While it's a small change, I thought it best to update the video to reflect the change. This update affects the lecture at about the 12 minute mark.
Let's talk about what you'll learn in Section 5 of this course.
Tracks are the backbone of the Audacity recording software. In this section we delve into the anatomy of Audacity audio tracks as we learn how to name, mute, solo, delete, move, split, join, label, and auto-fit tracks to your screen size. We'll also re-visit pinning the play head.
Audio tracks are where waveforms live. In this lecture we take a look at the parts of an audio track that you as an editor will need to be familiar with.
In this lecture, we'll learn how to delete, split, move, and join audio waveforms within a track as well as how to move sections of audio from one track to another. In more complex multi-track editing, knowing how to perform these functions can be a valuable tool.
Congratulations on completing this course! I hope you've benefitted from it and that you feel more confident to move forward in your podcast editing goals. By completing this course, you've met the prerequisites for my next course, Intermediate Audacity Bootcamp, should you decide to enroll. Congratulations and I hope to see you there!