audacity-tutorial2 by xiagong0815


How do I Record?

   1. Whoa! First, write a script. Everyone sounds clearer and smarter after writing down what
      they want to say. News anchors and sports broadcasters do it and they talk on air everyday.
   2. Read your script at least a few times, but do not worry about memorizing it. This will
      help you find errors and make your voice flow better when you are recording so that you do
      not sound like you are reading from a sheet of paper.

AFTER you have done all of your research, answered all of the questions, written your
masterpiece, practiced the masterpiece in front of the mirror and brushed your teeth…

   3. Open Audacity.

                                 Play Record Pause      Stop

   4. Click Record.
   5. Record your narration.
           Keep your mouth about 6-8 inches away from the microphone. If you hear any
             “shhshhing” then you are too close.
           Speak naturally and smoothly.
           If a teammate is recording after you, stop talking for a second or two and record
             some silence. Then, click Pause before they begin.
   6. If you have to stop, click Pause. Do Not click Stop until completely finished.
           If you mess up, just stop talking for a second or two.
           Without clicking pause or stop, just pick up from where you messed up.
           You can delete the mistake later. This way you do not have to say the whole script
             over and over.
   7. To continue recording, re-click Pause.
   8. When you are finished recording, click Stop.

Hey Mister! I don’t want to lose my stuff. How do I save?

   1. Click File>Save Project As...
   2. Save it to My Documents, the H:/ drive, or your memory stick (if you plan on working more
      at home).
   3. The file name should not use commas, periods, dashes, or any other symbol.

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I sound funny. How do I edit it and clean up my mistakes?

   1. Delete parts of a track
          Highlight the part of the track by clicking and dragging
          Press delete on the keyboard
   2. Normalize parts of a track
          Normalize evens out the sound in the track; this will get rid of some “shhshhing” or
            portions that were garbled.
          Highlight the part of the track where the waves “spike” or hit the top and bottom of
            your track
          Click Effect > Normalize. Click OK.
          Other sound effects work them same way.

   3. Add silence.
          You may need to add silence if you need to make a gap between parts of your

How do I add background music or sound effects?
   1. Click Project>Import Audio.
   2. Find the audio you want to import. It may be on Share drive, in My Documents folder or on
      your memory stick.
   3. Double-click it and it imports into the project.
   4. Breaking the law?
           You can only use 10% or 30 seconds of a song since this is for educational purposes,
             called “Fair use.”
           You could also find copyright free music that can be used for any length of time you
             like as long as you don’t attempt to make money using it or pass it off as your own.
                  Go to the website, click on a mood/feel
                  Preview the music track
                  Download the music track by clicking on the appropriate length next to MP3
                    (consider if it is a lead in, interlude, full length background, or fade out).

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How do I make my finished recording an MP3?

   1. When   the project is done…
        a.    Click File>Export as mp3
        b.    Name your file.
        c.    Save it to the location your teacher has specified.
        d.    Click Save.

You are done. What you have created is the recording that can be made a podcast. Making an
actual podcast just means that your recording is put on the internet and people can subscribe to it.
Your teacher may be doing that part for you.

Where can I get more help?
      The Official Audacity Tutorial:

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