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    • 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
        • http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/audacity/
    • 7. Interface and Tools
      • http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/audacity/workspace/
      • 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: http://students.otterbein.edu/yourname/audiofilename.mp3
    • 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!