Audacity Audio Editing and Podcast Creation

Learn the basics of creating, editing, and publishing podcasts with the free software tool Audacity.
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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2016 English

Course Description

Course Description

Learn the basic concepts and most used functions for creating great sounding audio podcasts with the free software tool Audacity.

Build a strong foundation in how to record and edit audio in this tutorial for beginners

  • Install the free Audacity software
  • Evaluate currently available and best microphone options
  • Create podcasts quickly using the most frequently used editing techniques
  • Improve audio quality with effects that matter most
  • Create podcasts by mixing narration, music, and sound effects
  • Publish and share audio podcasts
  • Apply theater of the mind approaches to create original audio podcasts
  • Create audio podcasts for visuals and multimedia

A Powerful Skill at Your Fingertips

Learning fundamentals of podcasting with Audacity puts a powerful tool at your fingertips. Audacity is free, easy to learn, has excellent documentation, and is a goto tool for creating great sounding audio for training, marketing, and entertainment.

Content and Overview

Suitable for beginning trainers, marketers, and creative entrepreneurs, through this course of 22 lectures and 2 hours of content, you’ll learn the most used functions for recording and editing audio, mixing multiple tracks, sourcing and creating sounds, and publishing out great sounding podcasts for mobile delivery. Each concept is first demonstrated with follow along videos with step by step instructions. Practice sessions are provided with supplied files for your opportunity to try out the techniques. Creative opportunities are unleashed with the starter models for your own custom productions so that you can go from novice to pro in a short amount of time.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 22 lectures and 2 hours of focused content for the skills that matter most!
  • Learn audio podcasting from a professional coach from your desk.
  • Suitable for beginner educators, trainers, marketers, instructional designers and ideal for people who learn faster when shown.
  • Visual training method offering students increased retention and accelerated learning.
  • Breaks even the most complex functions into simplistic steps to follow, practice, and then create for producing custom audio podcasts
  • Custom learning is supported with an active discussion

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need to have Internet access and computer privileges sufficient to install the free software Audacity on a Windows, Mac or Linux computer

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Install the free audio editing software Audacity
  • Evaluate currently available and best microphone options
  • Create podcasts quickly using the most frequently used editing techniques
  • Improve audio quality with effects that matter most
  • Create podcasts by mixing narration, music, and sound effects
  • Publish and share audio podcasts
  • Apply theater of the mind approaches to create original audio podcasts
  • Create audio podcasts for visuals and multimedia

What is the target audience?

  • This introductory audio podcasting course is for students looking for a foundation understanding of audio recording, editing, and publishing
  • No prior audio editing experience is needed
  • This audio podcasting course solves the challenges of how to create great sounding audio podcasts using free software Audacity
  • This course is probably not for you if you are looking for a high end technical course on audio production

What you get with this course?

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to Podcast University
01:31

Welcome to Podcast University and a do what matters most approach to learning how to create and edit podcasts using the free software tool Audacity. Learn from step by step instructions that use a follow, practice, create approach to creating great sounding podcasts. John O'Laughlin, Ed.D, is a seasoned media professional with 20 years experience creating multimedia productions for Fox, Disney, and advertising companies. He also spent 10 years teaching college students how to learn the skills to create great work. Learn from a professional guide in an inviting online experience. #podcast #university

01:08

The follow, practice, create approach allows for learning by first watching step by step instructions demonstrated in a video presentation. The practice step allows for trying out the demonstrated techniques with supplied resources. Finally, using the existing models as templates, creative work can be approached with confidence to customize and apply the learning. Go from novice to pro quickly using the follow, practice, create approach. #podcast #university

Section 2: Get Set Up Quickly for Podcast Recording, Editing, and Publishing
02:30

Install the free audio editing software Audacity along with the required encoders for mp3 and ffmpeg.

Follow the video demonstration for the step by step process of installing the software and the .dll encoders to allow for importing and exporting to mp3 and other audio file formats.

DISCOVER: Touring the Functions that Matter Most in Audacity
09:35
01:42

Generating great sounding audio starts from the quality of the recording. This video demonstration takes you on tour of how different audio options sound for recording and creating podcasts. See and hear how four different audio options sound. The Blue Yeti microphone, an LG desktop microphone, a built in computer microphone, and a Smart Phone are all demonstrated along with shared insight about options to start recording podcasts right away. #podcast #university

Section 3: Learn the Most Frequently Used Editing Techniques
06:31

This video demonstration shows the step by step approach to the most commonly used recording and editing techniques in Audacity. This quick start introduction provides the tour of the selection tool and the cut, copy, and paste functions which are used most frequently to get audio recorded and edited fast. #podcast #university

00:18

This video introduces the practice session and resources including the script and audio mp3 file for recording and editing in Audacity.

11 pages

This practice session includes the script and audio mp3 file for recording and editing techniques in Audacity.

01:33

This video session invites you to get creative with an original script to experiment with the selection, cut, copy, and paste techniques. The finished example is shared to encourage applied learning for recording and editing in Audacity.

05:22

Once audio is recorded, a couple techniques in Audacity can improve the quality of the sound to get the levels adjusted properly. This video demonstration shares the most commonly used ways to reduce noise, adjust the volume, and enrich the sound. #podcast #university

00:15

This video introduces the practice session and resources including the script and audio mp3 file for improving audio quality with effects in Audacity.

13 pages

This practice session includes the script and audio mp3 file for improving audio quality with effects in Audacity.

01:36

This video session invites you to get creative with an original script to experiment with audio effects. The finished example is shared to encourage applied learning using audio effects in Audacity.

Section 4: Learn Best Practices for Audio Mixing
14:24

Multiple tracks of audio is the way to blend music, sound effects, and voice into rich sound audio podcasts. This video demonstration shows the important techniques for time shifting audio segments and for fading audio in and out in Audacity. #podcast #university

00:20

This video introduces the practice session and resources including the script and audio mp3 file for audio mixing and working with multiple audio tracks in Audacity.

12 pages

Practice audio mixing techniques with Audacity to blend announcer, sound effects, and music into a podcast with the supplied files and script.

01:19

This video session invites you to get creative with an original script to experiment with audio mixing using Audacity.

ACTIVITY: Quickly Recognize the Most Used Editing Functions
3 questions
Section 5: Publishing and Sharing Audio Podcasts
06:13

Saving Audacity production files is a way to have quick access for future editing. This video demonstration shows how to save and update files and how to export audio into the most commonly used .mp3 audio format. Follow the step by step video for quick understanding of these foundation techniques. #podcast #university

00:15

This video introduces the practice session and resources for saving Audacity project files and exporting mp3 audio podcast files with the supplied files and script.

7 pages

Practice saving Audacity project files and exporting mp3 audio podcast files with the supplied files and script.

CREATE: Using Theater of the Mind to Create Original Podcast Productions
02:00
Section 6: One more thing...
05:19

Audio is the foundation for great presentations. While audio podcasts can be great for listening and learning, the ability to synchronize visuals such as slides or video takes podcasting to a new level. While this course is focused on audio editing and production, this glimpse of ways to use audio in multimedia is designed to expand the possibilities of what can be done. #podcast #university

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Instructor Biography

John O'Laughlin, Director of Learning Innovation

Hi I'm John. Helping people learn challenging things quickly is what I thrive on. People want to improve performance, advance in careers, and enrich skills through a practical approach to applied learning. I’ve been a student of developing creative and rewarding ways to learn through 20 years of media experience as an Emmy award winning producer and innovative leader for creative professionals working with Disney, Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC. I’ve discovered the value of student focused approaches by teaching at 7 colleges simultaneously at one point while developing effective training and development for live and online instruction. During the recent 10 years I also earned advanced degrees in adult learning to soak up an enthusiasm for learning while managing a busy schedule.

The Udemy environment allows you and me to interact through an engaging interface that evolves and benefits from each student experience in a constructive way. Together, we’ll contribute to discussion threads that grow over time. Work is invited to be shared and reviewed for constructive critiques and feedback.

I have a passion for creating engaging instruction that is easy to learn, and which generates powerful outcomes. I'm confident that anything can be learned with a supportive instructor coach, a well-designed curriculum, and an enthusiasm for learning.

My role as instructor is also to be continually engaged in learning from each class and each student so that the subject matter evolves and improves. Life is learning and I enjoy life. Let's learn together.

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