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  • 1. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing Duncan McHugh Technical Coordinator UBC School of Journalism duncan . [email_address] .ca Integrated Journalism October 30th, 2008
  • 2. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Tips on getting a good recording
  • 3. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Tips on getting a good recording ・ Extremely basic audio editing
  • 4. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Tips on getting a good recording ・ Extremely basic audio editing ・ Somewhat complex audio editing
  • 5. Tips on getting a good recording Editing can only do so much
  • 6. Tips on getting a good recording ・ Know the space ・ Consider the room size, number of participants and ambient noise
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Audio editing applications Windows: Sound Recorder Mac: Garage Band Open Source: Audacity
  • 10. Using Audacity
  • 11. Using Audacity If you’re planning on exporting to mp3, make sure to download the plug-in
  • 12. To the beginning Play Record Pause Stop To the end
  • 13. Selection Tool: selects a segment of a track Envelope Tool: allows quick adjustments of volume Draw Tool: for very minute adjustments
  • 14. Zoom Tool: allows you to shift your view Time Shift Tool: moves clips along the timeline Multi-Tool Mode: everything at once
  • 15. Cut/Paste/Trim Undo/Redo Zoom
  • 16. 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
  • 17. 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
  • 18. Beyond basic ・ Multiple tracks ・ Additional tools ・ Effects; some useful, some crazy
  • 19. Exercise II: Audio storytelling ・ Download clips from http://www. landfood . ubc . ca/learningcentre/duncan/sound_effects/ ・ Write out a script for a brief introduction ・ 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
  • 20. Post-production ・ Handling & archiving files ・ Adding metadata ・ Photos & slideshows
  • 21. 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/
  • 22. Everything you wanted to know… The Audacity wiki: http: //audacityteam . org/wiki/
  • 23. *“Podsafe”: Sounds that are safe to use ・ Wikipedia: Podsafe ・ www.podsafeaudio.com/ ・ http://www.freemusicarchive.org/ ・ http://www.quietamerican.org/ ・ Creative Commons Canada: www.creativecommons.ca ・ http://www.creativecommons.ca/blog/wp-content/ uploads/2007/06/podcastinglegalguideforcanada.html ・ http://cchits.ning.com/hits/ ・ http://www.ccmixter.org/
  • 24. Thanks! Duncan McHugh duncan . [email_address] .ca http: //blogs . landfood . ubc . ca/duncan/