My Interview with David Hooper On The Red Podcast

Today on the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast, I point you to an interview I had the privilege of being a part of, on the Red Podcast – The Marketing Podcast for Experts, hosted by David Hooper. David asked me to come on his show and talk about my philosophy of podcasting and what’s important to me in the audio podcasts I do, as well as my videos. 

We talked about a number of topics including my on demand video course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced. In addition to the Red Podcast, David also hosts the Build a Big Podcast. Check them out when you get a chance. Links to both are below.

-Enjoy!

How to Record a Track in Audacity

Are you new to Audacity and unsure about how to start recording? I made this video for people who are new to Audacity and have never recorded a track. Recording in Audacity is simple and I show you how to do it in this short video.

Here’s the link to my course I mentioned in the video, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced.

Today on the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast: My Podcasting Hardware

Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I’m always curious about what others use for their podcast setup. I’ve watched countless videos and listened to a lot of podcasts by podcasters who’ve taken the time to talk about the recording hardware and software they use to record and edit their show. It’s like peeking inside their recording environment and I always benefit from hearing about what others are doing. So I thought I would make one of those episodes too.

My recording setup has changed a lot over the years to the simple and uncomplicated setup I use today. I started with a laptop and builtin microphone and then I went from there to buying various USB and XLR mics, mixers, and pre-amps that I used for a while but ended up selling most of them because I couldn’t find that one magic configuration that seemed to fit me. Then a few years ago, I purchased my Zoom H6 and started building my recording environment around it.

Today, my Zoom H6 is at the center of my podcast recording and Audacity is my software of choice for post production editing. It’s a simple, uncomplicated setup that produces great audio consistently. Here are the links to what I talk about in this episode:

Thanks for listening!

Today on the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast: What’s the Difference Between Loudness and Volume?

Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I teach podcast courses on Audacity and a question that comes up frequently has to do with the difference beween loudness (LUFS) and volume. It can be a challenge to wrap our brains around, but there is a difference.

The bottom line is that loudness is digitally embedded in the waveform as part of our editing. When I level a piece of audio to a LUFS level, I’m manipulating the waveform to adjust it to a consistent loudness end-to-end, eliminating extreme peaks and valleys in the loudness and creating a more consistent listening experience. This reduces or eliminates the need for the listener to chase the volume up or down while listening because the loudness has been leveled. The listener can’t adjust the loudness because they can’t get to the waveform to manipulate it. But you and I can as editors. Let’s talk…

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How to Export a Project Using a Macro (Plus a Sneak-Peek at Macros in Audacity Version 3.0.2)

IMPORTANT:
Since recording this video, Audacity version 3.0.2 has been released and is now the production version. When I recorded this video, it was still in pre-release.

In this video, I show you how to create and run a macro that will export your project as a WAV file using a keyboard shortcut and I show you where Audacity version 3.0.2 stores your macros because it’s different in version 3.0.2.

Today on the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast: New Macro Features in Audacity 3.0.0

Welcome to this 5th episode of the recently launched Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. Today, let’s talk about the new macro features in Audacity 3.0.0. I’ve started using macros to run repetitive commands within Audacity and it’s a real time saver. Unlike Office programs like Word or Excel, where you can record mouse clicks to create a macro, you have to build macros manually in Audacity. But once they’re built, it’s a pretty sweet feature.

Audacity macros aren’t new to this version of Audacity but the ability to import and export them is. This means that macros can now be easily shared. In addition, you can now put comments inside a macro to explain a step or describe the macro. These are great features if you use macros like I do. Let’s talk.

-Enjoy!