Intermediate Audacity Bootcamp
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Intermediate Audacity Bootcamp

This course is an Intermediate Level Course on Audacity Audio Editing Software
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Created by Mike Adams
Last updated 6/2020
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Intermediate level tools and functions of Audacity.
  • Intermediate podcast editing skills using Audacity.
  • Completion of my Beginning Audacity Bootcamp course.
  • Previous experience with editing audio using Audacity.

Intermediate Audacity Bootcamp explores many of the features and tools within Audacity and how to use them in podcast editing and production. This intermediate course will enhance your confidence and increase your abilities and skills in using Audacity as your podcast editing and production tool. It assumes either completion of my introductory course, Beginning Audacity Bootcamp, or intermediate level skills and experience using Audacity. The choice is yours. This course consists of 24 lectures distributed across four sections;

  1. Audio Recording Essentials

  2. Introduction to Audio Effects

  3. Good Editing Means Clear Audio

  4. Preserving the Flow of the Conversation

We explore topics like using Audacity effects to enhance audio, reducing and eliminating noise, breath, mouth sounds, eliminating false starts, and repeated words or phrases, the differences between stereo and mono tracks, and how to keep the flow natural during editing. We also edit a fake podcast from start to finish and export it to an MP3 file.

Who this course is for:
  • Podcast editors and producers with some experience using Audacity
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 04:19:32
+ Audio Recording Essentials
6 lectures 36:12

Welcome to Intermediate Audacity Bootcamp! Thank you for taking this course. In this video, I introduce you to the course with an overview of its content. Feel free to reach out to me any time during this course.

Preview 04:20

As we get started, let's talk more specifically about about what you'll learn in the first section of the course. This section covers things like:

  • Recording in Audacity & Importing Audio into Audacity

  • Should I record my podcast in stereo or mono? What's the difference?

  • The Audacity mixer board

  • Volume and distortion

  • Recording hardware and acoustics

Preview 02:16

In this video I talk about how to import tracks into Audacity that have been recorded already and I introduce you to multi-track importing, Sync-Lock, and manual syncing of your audio tracks.

Preview 06:29

In this video we take a look at stereo vs mono tracks in Audacity and we get a feel for the Balance Slider Bar in the Track toolbar. The position of this slider when exporting or mixing down your audio has a direct effect on the audio mixed down or exported.

Stereo, Mono, and the Mixer Board

Distortion and clipped audio are enemies of a good podcast. Avoiding these enemies is part of our job as podcast editors and producers. In this video I talk about volume and distortion.

Volume and Distortion

Prior to editing a podcast, the initial condition of the recorded audio plays a huge role in our success as podcast editors and producers. The better the quality of that initial recording, the easier our job of editing will be and the better the quality of the podcast.

Microphones, Headphones, and Good Acoustics
+ Introduction to Audio Effects
5 lectures 59:49

This video is an overview of the topics presented in this section as we talk about spicing up your audio with effects that will enhance the final outcome and production.

Preview 04:01

In this video, I introduce you to the fake podcast. It's a podcast I put together for this course that we'll be working on together as we practice using what we learn in the remainder of this course. At the end of the course, we will bring together all of the concepts we've talked about and use them to edit and produce the fake podcast into a final product and export it as an MP3 file ready for uploading to a hosting service for distribution.

Introduction to the Fake Podcast

Unwanted noises in our podcasts disrupt the listener's experience and need to be removed whenever possible. In this video I talk about various ways to do that.

Noise Reduction, Click Removal, Fade in, Fade Out, Amplify and Silence

Sometimes our podcasts sound a little tinny and need more depth. We can add lower end tones, or bass, to give it more depth while at the same time, reducing the treble. At other times, our podcast may sound too bassy and we may want to lessen the bass and add more treble. That's the subject of this video.

The Bass and Treble Effect

The limiter is a good tool to use to help ensure our audio doesn't get clipped and distorted by too much volume. This video is all about the limiter and clipped audio.

The Limiter and Clipped Audio
+ Good Editing Means Clear Audio
5 lectures 01:08:14

Let's take a few minutes to talk about what you're going to learn in Section 3 of this course.

Preview 03:53

Things like loud breath and mouth sounds can be a distracting part of any podcast. We want those listening to our podcast to have the best listening experience possible and clear audio, free from distraction, is one of the best ways to ensure that happens. But what's the best way to reduce or eliminate loud breath and mouth sounds? That's our first topic here in Section 3.

Reducing Breath And Mouth Sounds

Right up there with loud breath and mouth sounds, lies the dreaded uhms, repeats, and false starts. These can be even bigger distractions for the listener than breath and mouth sounds. But how do we reduce or eliminate them while keeping the flow of our podcast intact? Let's talk about it...

Removing UMs, Repeats, And False Starts

One of the best tools I've discovered in Audacity is this little gem, the Zero Crossing Tool. It's invaluable in helping you grab the right piece of audio at the right place in the timeline before you delete it. I use this all the time and encourage you to do the same.

The Zero Crossing Tool

Need to slow down your audio for more precise editing? Or maybe you want to speed it up a little as you edit to save time. Let's talk about the Play-at-Speed toolbar.

Using the Play-At-Speed Toolbar
+ Preserving the Flow of the Conversation
8 lectures 01:35:17

Let's take a few minutes to talk about what you're going to learn in this final section of the course.

Preview 05:03

In this lecture I talk about the power and usefulness of using Sync-Lock tracks during editing. What is Sync-Lock Tracks and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Sync-Lock Tracks Revisited

Having a conversation about the Label Track is good to do on the heels of our conversation about Sync-Lock Tracks because the two interact with one another. In this video, I introduce you to the Label Track and talk about the interaction of the Label Track with the Sync-Lock Tracks feature.

The Label Track

If you record and edit multi-track podcasts like I do, doing some cleanup on those tracks enhances your podcast production. Audio bleed through from one mic into the other mics in the session is normal and expected. Sometimes, this isn't that noticeable but if the person on your podcast who isn't speaking at the moment is moving around, scratching an itch, taking a drink of water, or bumping against something that produces unwanted sounds on their track, silencing that track during those times is a must. Let's talk more about it...

Multi-Track Cleanup

This lecture is about keeping the flow flowing and natural while editing your podcast. I've mentioned that numerous times throughout this course but this video is dedicated to that topic. Reviewing your edits as you go is a must in podcast editing, regardless of what program you use to record or edit. Always review and re-listen to what you've done as you edit and be sure to listen to the final product once you've finished it.

Keeping The Flow Natural While Editing

In this lecture, we edit the Fake Podcast from start to finish using some of the tools we've learned along the way to make it one coherent project ready for exporting to an MP3. This is a long video. I thought about dividing it up into sections but decided against that to better illustrate the process from start to finish.

Completing The Fake Podcast

Now that we've finished the Fake Podcast, let's export it as an MP3 file. MP3 is a compressed audio format that's used for podcasts. You'll need to export your finished Audacity project as an MP3 or M4a and then upload that file to your hosting service. In this video, we concentrate on the MP3 file format.

Exporting to MP3

Thank you so much for taking this course. Remember, you can write me any time and let me know what you thought of it. I will be going back through this course from time to time and updating it, so any suggestions you have for improvement are much appreciated. I hope you learned a lot in this course and that it helped answer any questions you may have had. Perhaps I'll see you in my Advanced Audacity Bootcamp course as well. I also teach Zoom H6 Audio Recording Essentials if that is of interest to you.

Thanks for Taking This Course. Introduction to the Advanced Course