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Audacity workshop for Langara Journalism



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  • 1. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing Duncan McHugh Multimedia Developer Faculty of Land & Food Systems [email_address] Langara Journalism February 4 th , 2011 Slides:
  • 2. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Know your recording devices ・ Tips on getting a good recording ・ Extremely basic audio editing ・ Somewhat complex audio editing ・ Audacity troubleshooting
  • 3. What do you use for recording sound?
  • 4. Zoom H2
  • 5. Marantz PMD 660 solid state recorder
  • 6. Tips on getting a good recording Editing can only do so much
  • 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 ・ Check your levels ・ Bring headphones & keep them on
  • 8. Audio editing applications Free: Windows: Sound Recorder Mac: Garage Band Open Source: Audacity Pro: Adobe Audition Dalet Burli
  • 9. Using Audacity
  • 10. To the beginning Play Record Pause Stop To the end
  • 11. Selection Tool: selects a segment of a track Envelope Tool: allows quick adjustments of volume Draw Tool: for very minute adjustments
  • 12. Zoom Tool: allows you to shift your view Time Shift Tool: moves clips along the timeline Multi-Tool Mode: everything at once
  • 13. Cut/Paste/Trim Undo/Redo Zoom
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. Beyond basic ・ Effects; some useful, some crazy ・ Multiple tracks ・ Additional tools
  • 17. Post-production ・ Handling & archiving files ・ Formats If you’re planning on exporting to mp3, make sure to download the plug-in ・ Adding metadata
  • 18. Exercise II: Audio storytelling ・ Download clips from your recorders Extra clips here: https:// / learning.centre /ix0fmd ・ Create a multi-track recording ・ Integrate vocals, music * and sounds ・ Work on the volume and transitions between tracks ・ Try out a few effects and see what affect they have
  • 19. Online Audacity tutorials The Official Audacity tutorial: Educause ’s screencast tutorial: Daniel James ’s tutorial:
  • 20. Everything you wanted to know… The Audacity wiki:
  • 21. * “Podsafe”: Sounds that are safe to use ・ Wikipedia: Podsafe ・ ・ ・ ・ Creative Commons Canada: ・ uploads/2007/06/podcastinglegalguideforcanada.html ・
  • 22. Thanks! Duncan McHugh [email_address]