Audacity workshop for Langara Journalism

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Audacity workshop for Langara Journalism

  1. 1. Introduction to Audacity & audio editing Duncan McHugh Multimedia Developer Faculty of Land & Food Systems [email_address] Langara Journalism February 4 th , 2011 Slides: http://slidesha.re/cY7mra
  2. 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. 3. What do you use for recording sound?
  4. 4. Zoom H2
  5. 5. Marantz PMD 660 solid state recorder
  6. 6. Tips on getting a good recording Editing can only do so much
  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 ・ Check your levels ・ Bring headphones & keep them on
  8. 8. Audio editing applications Free: Windows: Sound Recorder Mac: Garage Band Open Source: Audacity Pro: Adobe Audition Dalet Burli
  9. 9. Using Audacity
  10. 10. To the beginning Play Record Pause Stop To the end
  11. 11. Selection Tool: selects a segment of a track Envelope Tool: allows quick adjustments of volume Draw Tool: for very minute adjustments
  12. 12. Zoom Tool: allows you to shift your view Time Shift Tool: moves clips along the timeline Multi-Tool Mode: everything at once
  13. 13. Cut/Paste/Trim Undo/Redo Zoom
  14. 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. 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. 16. Beyond basic ・ Effects; some useful, some crazy ・ Multiple tracks ・ Additional tools
  17. 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. 18. Exercise II: Audio storytelling ・ Download clips from your recorders Extra clips here: https:// files.me.com / 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. 19. 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/
  20. 20. Everything you wanted to know… The Audacity wiki: http://audacityteam.org/wiki/
  21. 21. * “Podsafe”: Sounds that are safe to use ・ Wikipedia: Podsafe ・ http://www.freemusicarchive.org/ ・ http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Sound ・ www.podsafeaudio.com/ ・ Creative Commons Canada: www.creativecommons.ca ・ http://www.creativecommons.ca/blog/wp-content/ uploads/2007/06/podcastinglegalguideforcanada.html ・ http://www.ccmixter.org/
  22. 22. Thanks! Duncan McHugh [email_address] http://blogs.landfood.ubc.ca/duncan/

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