What’s Apple Doing With Our Podcasts?

What’s Apple doing with our podcasts? I’ve had some weird experiences with Apple on my podcasts these last few days. I updated my iPhone to iOS 14.5 (I probably should have waited) and weird things started happening. Here’s today’s episode of The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast where I vent a little about the weird happenings with Apple over the last few days, and my mysterious missing episode.

How to Rescan Audio Hardware in Audacity

When I first began using Audacity years ago, I thought that if I forget to plug in my mic or other input device before starting Audacity, it meant I had to restart Audacity to get the program to recognize my audio hardware. But then I discovered the Rescan Audio Devices feature that’s built into Audacity. What a great day that was and what a time saver! In this video I show you how rescanning your audio hardware works inside Audacity.

Reminder: I teach Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced. This is 6+ hours of on demand videos designed specifically for podcasters who use Audacity to record and/or edit their podcasts. You can find it here:

Another Reminder: The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast is live now and available on your favorite podcast app or on the web here:

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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.

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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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