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  • Adjust levels using envelope Move tracks with fades.


  • 1. Adding Audio to Story Design Using Audacity
  • 2. Audio Definitions
    • “ One-time” Audio
      • added to a story as a sound bite or as part of an audio slideshow
      • Can be interviews , music, natural sound, narration
        • Best to make it only 2-3 minutes maximum
      • What I’d like you to try for your multimedia stories.
  • 3. Audio Definitions
    • You can download audacity for yourself to work outside of class/lab
    • Also: you might want an ITunes account
      • Need one for converting files from our digital recorders.
      • Can’t run in labs, so I’ll bring my laptop next class for demo.
      • Can go to a site with podcasts , click “subscribe via Itunes”
  • 4. About Audio and Wordpress
    • Need an upgraded account with to “embed” or directly upload audio.
    • So instead must upload it to Otterbein web server or other host and link to it.
  • 5. Getting Started with Audacity
    • Software is unstable, so save often (.aup file)
    • Sound files need to be in correct format
      • Our digital recorders use WMA.
      • Must convert to WAV using ITunes or other converter (I did this for you)
  • 6. Demo
    • Watch now, try it in a minute with a sample (long!) clip from an interview.
    • I’ll show you “down-n-dirty” techniques, and you use audio clip to try it.
    • More resources
  • 7. Interface and Tools
    • Use selection tool to get clips you want.
      • “ Duplicate”
    • Use “time shift” tool to move them in order you want
    • Then can refine timing and fades, levels later.
      • Fade in
      • Fade out
  • 8. Tips
    • Any track is made of multiple clips.
      • If tracks overlap, so will the sound.
    • Use “stop” instead of “pause” buttons.
    • Can use space bar to start and stop playback
    • If selection tool active, can click in diff. parts of tracks to preview that part.
    • Track runs vertically across software window (this is long interview)
      • Can zoom in; time “ruler” goes from minutes to seconds
      • If lost, Under “view” “Fit in Window”
    • “ Control Z” to undo works!
  • 9. Tips
    • I prefer “copy” or “split” to cutting because keeps original track in tact.
    • Play around!
  • 10. Saving
    • Save once
      • .aup, “Project”
      • Allows you to return to it and edit
    • Save again, in format that can be used on web
      • WAV or MP3 format
  • 11.  
  • 12. Uploading to Web
    • Upload to Otterbein (will stay a year after graduation) or another site that allows file uploads.
    • Go to Desktop, Web Folder
      • Drag from your file to this folder=ftp
    • Once get it on “web host,” figure out the URL:
  • 13. In WP
    • In post or page’s story editor, Choose “insert audio”
    • Type in the URL, and link to it.
    • For final design, perhaps get a clip art of audio speaker icon
      • so user know what they will get: an audio clip download!