Audacity and Audio Editing

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Audacity and Audio Editing

  1. 1. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing Duncan McHugh Technical Coordinator UBC School of Journalism [email_address] Integrated Journalism November 12th, 2009
  2. 2. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Tips on getting a good recording
  3. 3. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Tips on getting a good recording ・ Extremely basic audio editing
  4. 4. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Tips on getting a good recording ・ Extremely basic audio editing ・ Somewhat complex audio editing ・ Archiving and prepping for the web
  5. 5. Tips on getting a good recording Editing can only do so much
  6. 6. Tips on getting a good recording ・ Know the space ・ Consider the room size, number of participants and ambient noise
  7. 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. 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
  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 ・ Download clips ・ Write out a script for a brief introduction ・ Create a multi-track recording ・ Integrate vocals, silence, music * and sound ・ Work on the volume and transitions between tracks ・ Try out a few effects and see what affect they have
  19. 19. Post-production ・ Handling & archiving files ・ Adding metadata ・ Prepping for the web If you’re planning on exporting to mp3, make sure to download the plug-in
  20. 20. The Thunderbird ・ Upload an mp3, using the ‘Add media’ button ・ Ensure the file is less than 2MB ・ Copy the web address provided ・ Within your post: [audio:http//www.address.com]
  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: http://audacityteam.org/wiki/
  23. 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. 24. Thanks! Duncan McHugh [email_address] http://blogs.landfood.ubc.ca/duncan/

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