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
All those preferences might look overwhelming, but after watching this, you'll know it all
Setting a good recording level is so important to understand. Plus resizing tools to make your work easier.
The most important tool in Audacity
Using the envelope tool to create custom fades and volume automation
Learn what the draw tool is, and when to use it
This is the key to quick and accurate editing
Use these tools to quickly navigate through your session
Create spaces between sections, and place music tracks where you want them
The Swiss Army Knife of the toolbox. Use this for Ninja fast editing of your voice over work
Set your recording and playback levels here
Shortcuts for the most used editing technique
Quickly get rid of the beginning and ending fluff. Use with caution!
Putting a gap between sections of audio
Recover from a bad edit, or try out some effects with no regrets
Shift multiple tracks at the same time with Sync Lock Tracks. And listen through your work quickly with Play-at-speed
A quick look at your devices and settings, without having to go through the scary preferences ;)
Check your sample rate, find your place, and see how long your reads are
How to get rid of a track you no longer need
You'll need this software to create mp3 files from your Audacity sessions
Get your mic level just right so you sound your best!
In our first recording session, we go in depth about the best distance and position to capture your voice
One last important step to get your recording ready to meet the world
The most basic type of edit uses the Delete key
Create your best recording by putting the best segments together. This is the master skill
One final little trick to make your work sound smooth and professional
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.
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!
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 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.