Audio Recording and Podcasting

Overview/Introduction

Audacity is a free software that can be used to record and edit podcasts.

Details

Creating a Podcast Using Audacity

1) Download Audacity at https://www.audacityteam.org/download/ (you can also access this on the Public folder of the S-Drive under the Audacity folder)

a. If you are using a Windows computer, click on Audacity for Windows, then Audacity Installer. Choose Audacity Windows Installer from the list.

b. If you are using a Mac computer, click on Audacity for MacOS, then the Audacity dmg file. Choose Audacity macOS DMG from the list.

2) Run the Setup Wizard to install it on your computer.

3) Open Audacity.

4) Make sure the microphone and speakers listed are the ones you are using. It should default to your computer’s speakers and internal microphone. You will want to change the microphone if you are using an external one. If you are recording system audio (i.e. audio playing on your computer), follow these Windows or Mac instructions.

5) Select the red Record button.

6) You should see the sound waves moving in the middle of the screen as you record.

7) Click Pause (the two blue lines) if you need to take a break, then click Record when you are ready to resume recording.

8) When you are finished recording, click the Stop button. 

9) If you recorded your audio already and want to bring it in to Audacity, click File > Open and find the file on your computer. 

10) To join two or more audio clips together, click File >Open again. Copy the second audio clip by selecting CTRL-A (Command-A on a Mac) on your keyboard, then CTRL-C (Command-C on a Mac). Minimize this screen and return to the original screen. Navigate to the end of the first audio clip and move the playhead line there. Then select CTRL-V (Command-V on a Mac) to paste your audio clip. Repeat for each audio clip.

11) To play multiple pieces of audio (e.g. a voice recording and music) at the same time, click on Tracks > Add New > Stereo Track. Click on the appropriate place within a track and hit the Record button to record on that track (alternatively, you can copy and paste audio on that track). Repeat for the other tracks.

12) You can edit your recording by using the options under the Generate and Effect tabs.

a. To delete portions of the recording, highlight the appropriate section and select the Delete button on your keyboard.

b. To add silence in the middle of a podcast, highlight the appropriate section, click Generate > Silence, and then OK.

c. To shorten the amount of silence or pauses in your audio, highlight the appropriate section and click Effect > Truncate Silence. Click OK.

d. To remove background noise, highlight a section of your track and click Effect > Noise Reduction. Choose Get Noise Profile. Then highlight the entire recording and select Effect > Noise Reduction. Click OK.

e. To adjust the volume, highlight the appropriate section and click Effect > Amplify. Use the slider to adjust the volume, then click OK.

13) Save the project by clicking File > Save Project if you need to continue editing the project on the same device and you have multiple tracks. If you need to continue editing but you want to access it on a separate device, export the recording by clicking File > Export and choose WAV file. When you are ready to upload that recording somewhere, choose File > Export and save as an MP3 file.

You can use Anchor (https://anchor.fm) to host your podcast. 

See Also

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Article ID: 131115
Created
Thu 4/8/21 6:37 PM
Modified
Fri 9/9/22 11:44 AM

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