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

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  1. 1. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing Duncan McHugh Multimedia Developer Learning Centre, MCML 264C [email_address] AGRO 461 January 23rd, 2008
  2. 2. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Know your recording devices ・ Tips on getting a good recording ・ Extremely basic audio editing
  3. 3. What do you use for recording sound? ・ Computer’s i nternal mic ・ MP3 recorder/player
  4. 4. USB microphone and headset
  5. 5. The M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96
  6. 6. Introduction to Audio Editing
  7. 7. Tips on getting a good recording Editing can only do so much
  8. 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. 9. Audio editing applications Windows: Sound Recorder Mac: Garage Band Open Source: Audacity
  10. 10. Using Audacity If you’re planning on exporting to mp3, make sure to download the plug-in
  11. 11. To the beginning Play Record Pause Stop To the end
  12. 12. Selection Tool: selects a segment of a track Envelope Tool: allows quick adjustments of volume Draw Tool: for very minute adjustments
  13. 13. Zoom Tool: allows you to shift your view Time Shift Tool: moves clips along the timeline Multi-Tool Mode: everything at once
  14. 14. Cut/Paste/Trim Undo/Redo Zoom
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Beyond basic ・ Multiple tracks ・ Additional tools ・ Effects; some useful, some crazy
  18. 18. 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?(!?)
  19. 19. *“Podsafe”: Sounds that are safe to use ・ Wikipedia: Podsafe ・ ・ ・ ・
  20. 20. Post-production ・ Handling & archiving files ・ Adding metadata ・ Photos & slideshows
  21. 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. 22. Everything you wanted to know… The Audacity wiki:
  23. 23. What about this podcasting business? Other questions?
  24. 24. Thanks! Duncan McHugh [email_address] MCML 264C in the Learning Centre