Podcasting with Audacity

With these two resources, you will be podcasting in no time!
  • Everything you need to know about using Audacity can be found here, at the Audacity Wiki.
  • A great Podcasting Booklet by Tony Vincent can be freely downloaded here.

bright_ideas.jpgQuick Tip!
Whenever you are wanting to learn how to use a new software program or web 2.0 application, start by searching YouTube and TeacherTube for video tutorials that will visually walk you through the software. Often people have created screencasts showing introductory steps and advanced functions. In this case, a search for +audacity +tutorial, brings back many results. By ordering your results with the newest/most recent at the top, you will be viewing video showing the latest versions of the software. I find this to be the easiest way to learn something new....at the time I want to learn it!

Step by Step to get you started

  1. Download Audacity. You will need to download two components [Audacity & LAME]
    Download Audacity
    Download LAME for Audacity
  2. toolbar-audacity.png
    From Tony Vincent's free Podcasting Booklet
  3. Open Audacity and follow these instructions to set up Audacity for the first time. You will only need to do this once.
  4. Make sure your microphone is selected in the preferences; Go to Edit --> Preferences --> Recording and select your microphone from the drop-down menu. You may have to connect your microphone before opening Audacity.
  5. Click the Record button and begin speaking into the microphone, you will see the sound waveform appear as you speak. Click the Stop button.
  6. Click the Play button to listen to your recording. You may have to experiment with your distance from the microphone to get the best results.
  7. Use the Selection tool to drag across and highlight parts of the recording that you would like to remove......ums, ahs, mistakes, background sound.....press the Backspace [Win] or Delete [Mac] button on your keyboard to erase the unwanted parts.
  8. Save you work! Go to File --> Save Project and save the file to your preferred location.
  9. Continue to record your podcast. You will notice that when you press the Record button again the new recording starts on a new track underneath your first track. Audacity allows multiple track lines.
  10. Use the tools to the left of the track line to adjust the volume of the recording [green arrow] or to delete the track entirely [red arrow]. audacity_sound_control.png
  11. To avoid having numerous tracks, you can use the Timeshift tool to order the tracks along the timeline.
  12. You can then combine the tracks into one, making it easier to keep track [hehe!] of your voice recording. To do this go to Edit --> Select --> All, then choose the Project menu and choose Quick Mix. Magic, isn't it! The recording is now all on one track line.
  13. Keep recording and editing your voice track and quick mixing it into one track line.
  14. You may want to import some copyright safe music to use as an intro, stinger or background to your podcast. You can download free music loops from many web sites, some that I have found are here on Delicious or here on Diigo.
  15. To import audio, go to the Project menu -->Import Audio and then navigate to your music loops collection. This will appear as another track line. You can edit this track in the same way as the voice track.
  16. Audacity also allows you to add special audio effects to your tracks. Perhaps you would like your introductory music to fade in and out. To do this, highlight with the Selection tool, the beginning few seconds of the music waveform. Go to the Effect menu --> Fade In. Do the same to Fade Out the last few seconds of the intro. Using this process you can add any of the effects to a selected part of the recording.
  17. Use the Timeshift tool to align your tracks and then use the Quick Mix function to combine all the tracks. SAVE!!
  18. Time to Export the podcast. Go to File--> Export as WAV or Export as MP3.

Your podcast is ready to go!
Check the Audacity wiki or the online video tutorials for more advanced functions and resources.

Green_speech_bubble.pngWant to know how to morph your voice with Audacity? Perhaps sound like a robot.........
Joe Dale has written a great instructional blog post for doing just that! Click here to take learn how.


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