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A tutorial that I gave on the use of Audacity for audio editing.

A tutorial that I gave on the use of Audacity for audio editing.



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    Audacity Audacity Presentation Transcript

    • Introduction to Audacity & audio editing Duncan McHugh Multimedia Developer Learning Centre, MCML 264C [email_address] AGRO 461 January 23rd, 2008
    • Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Know your recording devices ・ Tips on getting a good recording ・ Extremely basic audio editing
    • What do you use for recording sound? ・ Computer’s i nternal mic ・ MP3 recorder/player
    • USB microphone and headset
    • The M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96
    • Introduction to Audio Editing
    • Tips on getting a good recording Editing can only do so much
    • Tips on getting a good recording ・ Know the space ・ Consider the room size, number of participants and ambient noise ・ Use the appropriate equipment ・ Check equipment beforehand ・ Test your levels ・ Bring headphones
    • Audio editing applications Windows: Sound Recorder Mac: Garage Band Open Source: Audacity
    • Using Audacity If you’re planning on exporting to mp3, make sure to download the plug-in
    • To the beginning Play Record Pause Stop To the end
    • Selection Tool: selects a segment of a track Envelope Tool: allows quick adjustments of volume Draw Tool: for very minute adjustments
    • Zoom Tool: allows you to shift your view Time Shift Tool: moves clips along the timeline Multi-Tool Mode: everything at once
    • Cut/Paste/Trim Undo/Redo Zoom
    • Exercise I: Basic audio editing Step 1 ・ Record 30 seconds of you speaking ・ Record only one track ・ Make sure to include a bunch of ohhs and ummms, and other things you won’t want to keep in your recording
    • Exercise I: Basic audio editing Step 2 ・ Use the Selection Tool to edit unwanted sounds ・ Use the Envelope Tool to adjust the volume of the recording ・ Play it back and bask in auditory joy
    • Beyond basic ・ Multiple tracks ・ Additional tools ・ Effects; some useful, some crazy
    • Exercise II: Audio storytelling ・ Write out a script for a brief story ・ Create a multi-track recording ・ Integrate vocals, music * and sound effects ・ Work on the volume and transitions between tracks ・ Try out a few effects and see what affect they have ・ Please consider: ・ Your audience: who’s listening? ・ How long does this take?(!?)
    • *“Podsafe”: Sounds that are safe to use ・ Wikipedia: Podsafe ・ www.podsafeaudio.com/ ・ www.magnatune.com/ ・ http://www.quietamerican.org/ ・ www.creativecommons.ca
    • Post-production ・ Handling & archiving files ・ Adding metadata ・ Photos & slideshows
    • Online Audacity tutorials The Official Audacity tutorial: http://www. edhsonline .org/other/audacity/ Educause’s screencast tutorial: http://www. educause . edu/Screencasts/Audacity/Untitled .html Daniel James’s tutorial: http: //quicktoots . linuxaudio .org/toots/audacity/
    • Everything you wanted to know… The Audacity wiki: http://audacityteam.org/wiki/
    • What about this podcasting business? Other questions?
    • Thanks! Duncan McHugh [email_address] MCML 264C in the Learning Centre www.landfood.ubc.ca/learningcentre/