Beginning Audacity Bootcamp
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Beginning Audacity Bootcamp

An Introduction to Audacity Podcast Editing and Production for the Beginner
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Created by Mike Adams
Last updated 6/2020
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginning podcasters and podcast editors.
  • Beginning podcast editors using Audacity.
Course content
Expand all 18 lectures 01:47:36
+ What to Expect and What You'll Learn
1 lecture 04:22

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!

Preview 04:22
+ Downloading and Installing Audacity
1 lecture 05:08

In this lecture, I show you how to download and install Audacity on your computer. The links to the Fosshub and Audacity Team website are in the Resources folder in the sidebar for this lecture.

Preview 05:08
+ The Audacity User Interface
1 lecture 06:54

After downloading and installing Audacity in the previous lecture, we'll start it for the first time and explore many of the tools included in the user interface and show their function.

Introduction to the Audacity User Interface
+ Audacity Bootcamp
7 lectures 55:50

Let's talk about what you're going to learn in Section 4, Audacity Bootcamp.

Preview 00:58

Let's do a hardware pre-check and make sure things are where we want them before recording.

Pre-Record Checks

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.

Preview 01:42

In this lecture we record a track and talk about some of the tools available in Audacity related to recording. We also talk about stereo vs mono tracks for podcasts, append record, and some of the keyboard shortcuts related to recording and playback.

Recording Audio Tracks in Audacity

Our conversation about keyboard shortcuts continues as we learn how to add a shortcut to a particular command. From there, we turn our attention to the often-neglected selection toolbar located at the bottom of the Audacity screen.

Keyboard Shortcuts and the Selection Toolbar

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.

What is an Audio Waveform?

Let's talk about the Audacity Play/Record Head. I show you some tricks in this lecture that will be helpful to you as you start to edit your podcasts.

Understanding the Audacity Play/Record Head
+ Introduction to Audacity Projects
2 lectures 06:24

Let's talk about what you'll learn in Section 5 of this course.

Preview 00:41

In this lecture we talk about the projects workspace, creating a new project, saving and opening a project, and the difference between projects and exported audio files.

Saving, Creating, and Opening Projects
+ Working with Tracks in Audacity
6 lectures 28:58

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.

Preview 02:00

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.

Preview 07:57

Let's learn how to fit all the tracks in our project into the screen both vertically and horizontally. We'll also talk about collapsing and expanding tracks.

Auto-Fit Tracks to the Screen

Let's learn how to name, mute, and solo tracks. When naming tracks, I'll show you how to make the track name into a label that overlays the track, making it more visible.

Name, Mute, and Solo Your Tracks

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.

Delete, Split, Move, and Join Audio

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!

Congratulations! You've Completed This Beginning Audacity Course