The Audacity Play-at-Speed Toolbar

The Play-at-Speed tool in Audacity can save you time in your podcast editing. It’s versatile in that it gives you a way to speed up the tracks you’re editing so you don’t have to go through them in real time. It also gives you the ability to slow down a track if you need to isolate a section of audio that needs special attention.

Interested in going deeper in Audacity? I teach Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced at As of this recording, it consists of 54 on-demand video lectures and I update it as needed. Check it out if you haven’t already. There are several videos you can preview.

I also mention my Zoom H6 Audio Recording Essentials class in this video. It’s 26 on-demand video lectures that show you the hardware and software of the Zoom H6 and how to record and navigate the different menus.

The Anatomy of a Track in Audacity

Let’s talk about the anatomy of a track in Audacity. What’s all the stuff in the track header and what do we need to know about it? How do I change the scale and what do the sliders in the track header do? How do the settings in the track header affect my exported audio?

Want to learn more? Be sure to check out my Udemy course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced at

The Time Track in Audacity

In this video I take a look at the time track within Audacity and talk about it’s function and how to use it. The Audacity time track isn’t something we hear a lot about as podcasters but it’s one way to add special effects and automation to the speed of your tracks.

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Product Review: Neewer ZC-10S Lighting Kit

When I started doing video lectures last February, one of the immediate challenges I faced (in addition to learning how to make videos in the first place and feeling comfortable in my own skin) was how to do lighting. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer but I’ve figured out two important things when making a video: good audio and good lighting are essential. If I have good audio and decent lighting, people are more prone to watch even if the video I’ve created isn’t the best.

This video is about my lighting solution. I’ve been using the Andoer Softbox Lighting Kit from the beginning but though it’s a great product (the link is below) it was too big for my small room. So I started doing some research and came across the Neewer ZC-10S Lighting Kit. This small, dimmable LED kit is perfect for my recording environment and it didn’t break my budget.

If you’re doing videos from a small room and you’re on a budget, these Neewer LED lights might be for you. Here’s the links to what I talk about in this video:

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How to Mix Down Stereo to Mono and Convert Mono to Stereo in Audacity

Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp. This video contains one of the free preview videos included in my Audacity Bootcamp course offered at Udemy. In it, I show you how to mix down a stereo track to mono and how to convert a mono track to stereo in Audacity. In addition to teaching Audacity at Udemy, be sure to subscribe to my Audacity Bootcamp YouTube Channel.

High-Pass and Low-Pass Filters Explained

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about the high-pass and low-pass filters in Audacity. High-pass and low-pass filters are an effective way to attenuate unwanted frequencies above or below a set point that you determine. It can be another way of eliminating or reducing unwanted noise in your podcast.

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