How I set up and use Audacity the super easy way!
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A beginner's guide to voice recording success by industry veterans.
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Install and set up the free Audacity recording software
  • Customize the preferences for your best work flow
  • Make Audacity work with YOUR equipment
  • Understand and use the editing tools
  • Know what ALL the buttons do
  • Use command keys and shortcuts to make editing easy
  • Make mp3 files
  • Get the best sounding recordings with your setup
  • Fine tune your mic technique and know what the pros listen for
  • The three most powerful editing techniques that you will use more than any other
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  • The Audacity recording software is free on the internet, and we'll show you how to find and install it.
  • A basic knowledge of getting around your computer is helpful. If you can create a folder, send an email, and post on Face Book, you've got this!

Deb Reeves and Scott Higby, veteran audio producer/engineers, created this course at the request of voice over actors, podcasters, and internet radio producers in our California recording studio.

We discovered that many voice talents are being held back by not being able to send a professional recording to their clients. And while they are great at their craft, they just are wired differently than the gear-head engineers. So we're including just enough techy info to get you good at what you need to do. No more, we promise. But you WILL come out of this class being very comfortable with recording and editing, using your home-based Audacity setup.

Audacity is free software that will give you professional results, if you know how to use it. That's what we'll be showing you, in a friendly, fun, easy paced way.

This course covers downloading and installing Audacity in a very easy, step by step manner. We take you through all the confusing "preferences" parts of the setup. We take a tour of the entire Audacity screen, and show you what EVERY button does. And you'll see how easy it is.

You will be able to get better results than most of the people out there. And when you can create professional audio, you will get noticed!

By the way, we've priced this class so that it's a no-brainer. We really want the world to sound good! We look forward to working with you.


Deb and Scott

Who is the target audience?
  • This Audacity course is perfect for beginners. If you're a little bit uncomfortable with downloading or installing software, we take you slowly, step by step, through the process. Very little computer knowledge is required. We're starting with the basics, and taking you to success with recording and editing your work.
  • This course is aimed at voice over recording. It is not for music production.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 31 Lectures Collapse All 31 Lectures 02:14:12
1 Lecture 00:39
Downloading and Installing Audacity
2 Lectures 10:15

Download the latest, and keep your world organized with folders

Preview 07:14

Where and how to download and install Audacity on your Mac

Preview 03:01

Installing Audacity
1 question
Setting Up Audacity for your computer
2 Lectures 19:03

All those preferences might look overwhelming, but after watching this, you'll know it all

Setting the preferences

Setting a good recording level is so important to understand. Plus resizing tools to make your work easier.

Checking your sound levels, and customizing the tools

Preferences and sound levels
3 questions
Editing Tools
7 Lectures 14:07

The most important tool in Audacity

The Selection Tool

Using the envelope tool to create custom fades and volume automation

Preview 02:05

Learn what the draw tool is, and when to use it

The Draw Tool

This is the key to quick and accurate editing

The Zoom Tool

Use these tools to quickly navigate through your session

Fit Project and Fit Selection

Create spaces between sections, and place music tracks where you want them

The Time Shift Tool

The Swiss Army Knife of the toolbox. Use this for Ninja fast editing of your voice over work

The Multi Tool

3 questions
Continuing the tour of the toolbars
9 Lectures 06:42

Set your recording and playback levels here

Input Output Volume

Shortcuts for the most used editing technique

Cut, Copy, Paste

Quickly get rid of the beginning and ending fluff. Use with caution!


Putting a gap between sections of audio

Insert Silence

Recover from a bad edit, or try out some effects with no regrets

Undo, Redo

Shift multiple tracks at the same time with Sync Lock Tracks. And listen through your work quickly with Play-at-speed

Sync Lock Tracks, and Play-at-speed

A quick look at your devices and settings, without having to go through the scary preferences ;)

Device Shortcuts

Check your sample rate, find your place, and see how long your reads are

The bottom panel

How to get rid of a track you no longer need

Deleting a track

More tools and buttons
3 questions
The LAME encoder
1 Lecture 08:10

You'll need this software to create mp3 files from your Audacity sessions

Installing the LAME encoder

1 question
Getting levels, mic technique and getting a good recording
3 Lectures 28:17

Get your mic level just right so you sound your best!

Setting levels and recording

In our first recording session, we go in depth about the best distance and position to capture your voice

Recording and mic technique

One last important step to get your recording ready to meet the world

Saving and exporting

Levels and recording
3 questions
Editing workshop- the two most useful techniques
4 Lectures 32:51
Tools you'll need for this section
1 page

The most basic type of edit uses the Delete key

Delete Key editing

Create your best recording by putting the best segments together. This is the master skill

Copy/Paste editing

One final little trick to make your work sound smooth and professional

Eliminate pops with Fade In / Fade Out
Final Thoughts
2 Lectures 13:08

Audacity released an update back in July of this year (2015). In this video, Deb and Scott explore some of the new features, including a new website to download the program from.

Update to Audacity

You did it! You are now a recording and editing ninja. If you'd like to learn more about recording voice over, come join us in our Voice Recording Bootcamp class. It's 12 hours of video from our live class. Lots of interaction, exercises, and fun. Honestly it's everything you will ever need to know about the techy side of your voice over career. See you soon!

About the Instructor
Scott Higby
4.2 Average rating
68 Reviews
834 Students
3 Courses
Audio engineer/producer, media developer

Scott is an owner of Studio C Creative Sound in San Diego CA, where he has been creating and engineering audio productions for broadcast, industry, and the arts since 1983. He holds a BA in Music Technology and Communications from UCSD. Clients include Disney, ABC, CBS, PBS, Qualcomm, Warner Audio, Harper Audio, Simon and Schuster, and hundreds of major companies worldwide.

Studio C also has a Los Angeles location which specializes in app development, as well as training for aspiring app developers.

Deborah Reeves
4.4 Average rating
101 Reviews
1,391 Students
4 Courses
Audio Engineer, Educator

Deborah Reeves is an audio engineer, voice over artist, and educator. A graduate of UC San Diego, Deborah teaches college courses in the audio department at The Art Institute of California - San Diego. She regularly engineers for Voice Over classes and produces a weekly radio program. When she's not teaching or working in voice over, she's producing music or hanging out with her dogs.