Introduction to  Audacity & audio editing Duncan McHugh Multimedia Developer Faculty of Land & Food Systems [email_address...
Introduction to  Audacity & audio editing ・  Know your recording devices
Introduction to  Audacity & audio editing ・  Know your recording devices ・  Tips on getting a good recording
Introduction to  Audacity & audio editing ・  Know your recording devices ・  Tips on getting a good recording ・  Extremely ...
Introduction to  Audacity & audio editing ・  Know your recording devices ・  Tips on getting a good recording ・  Extremely ...
What do you use  for recording sound?
USB microphone  and headset
Zoom H2
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
Tips on getting a good recording ・  Know the space ・  Consider the room size, number  of participants and ambient noise ・ ...
Tips on getting a good recording ・  Know the space ・  Consider the room size, number  of participants and ambient noise ・ ...
Audio editing applications Windows: Sound Recorder Mac: Garage Band Open Source: Audacity
Using 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 minu...
Zoom Tool:  allows you to shift your view Time Shift Tool:  moves clips along the timeline Multi-Tool Mode:  everything at...
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 in...
Exercise I:   Basic audio editing Step 2 ・  Use the Selection Tool to edit unwanted sounds  ・  Use the Envelope Tool to ad...
Beyond basic ・  Multiple tracks ・  Additional tools ・  Effects; some useful, some crazy
Exercise II:   Audio storytelling ・  Download clips from  http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/learningcentre/duncan/sound_effects/ ...
Exercise II:   Audio storytelling ・  Download clips from  http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/learningcentre/duncan/sound_effects/ ...
Post-production ・  Handling & archiving files ・  Adding metadata ・  Photos & slideshows
Online Audacity tutorials  The Official Audacity tutorial: http://www.lifelonglearner.us/other/audacity/ Educause’s screen...
Everything  you  wanted to know… The Audacity wiki: http://audacityteam.org/wiki/
*“Podsafe”:   Sounds that are safe to use ・  Wikipedia:  Podsafe   ・  www.podsafeaudio.com/ ・  http://www.freemusicarchive...
Thanks! Duncan McHugh [email_address] http://blogs.landfood.ubc.ca/duncan/
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  1. 1. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing Duncan McHugh Multimedia Developer Faculty of Land & Food Systems [email_address] Langara Journalism February 2nd, 2009
  2. 2. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Know your recording devices
  3. 3. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Know your recording devices ・ Tips on getting a good recording
  4. 4. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Know your recording devices ・ Tips on getting a good recording ・ Extremely basic audio editing
  5. 5. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing ・ Know your recording devices ・ Tips on getting a good recording ・ Extremely basic audio editing ・ Somewhat complex audio editing
  6. 6. What do you use for recording sound?
  7. 7. USB microphone and headset
  8. 8. Zoom H2
  9. 9. The M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96
  10. 10. Introduction to Audio Editing
  11. 11. Tips on getting a good recording Editing can only do so much
  12. 12. Tips on getting a good recording ・ Know the space ・ Consider the room size, number of participants and ambient noise
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Audio editing applications Windows: Sound Recorder Mac: Garage Band Open Source: Audacity
  16. 16. Using Audacity
  17. 17. Using Audacity If you’re planning on exporting to mp3, make sure to download the plug-in
  18. 18. To the beginning Play Record Pause Stop To the end
  19. 19. Selection Tool: selects a segment of a track Envelope Tool: allows quick adjustments of volume Draw Tool: for very minute adjustments
  20. 20. Zoom Tool: allows you to shift your view Time Shift Tool: moves clips along the timeline Multi-Tool Mode: everything at once
  21. 21. Cut/Paste/Trim Undo/Redo Zoom
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. Beyond basic ・ Multiple tracks ・ Additional tools ・ Effects; some useful, some crazy
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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 ・ Please consider: ・ Your audience: who’s listening? ・ How long does this take?(!?)
  27. 27. Post-production ・ Handling & archiving files ・ Adding metadata ・ Photos & slideshows
  28. 28. Online Audacity tutorials The Official Audacity tutorial: http://www.lifelonglearner.us/other/audacity/ Educause’s screencast tutorial: http://www.educause.edu/Screencasts/Audacity/Untitled.html Daniel James’s tutorial: http://quicktoots.linuxaudio.org/toots/audacity/
  29. 29. Everything you wanted to know… The Audacity wiki: http://audacityteam.org/wiki/
  30. 30. *“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/
  31. 31. Thanks! Duncan McHugh [email_address] http://blogs.landfood.ubc.ca/duncan/

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