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.


Are Loudness and Volume the Same Thing?

If you do Loudness Leveling on your podcast (and I hope you do), is that the same as volume level? Are loudness and volume the same thing? That’s the topic for this video as we look at the difference between loudness and volume when it comes to leveling our audio to a LUFS standard.


  • 00:00 Are Loudness and Volume the Same Thing?
  • 00:18 LUFS Standards Review
  • 00:28 Spotify and YouTube LUFS Requirements
  • 01:05 -19 LUFS Example
  • 02:23 Loudness and Volume Are Not The Same
  • 02:48 Volume is Independent of Loudness
  • 04:08 The Advantage of Loudness Leveling
  • 05:13 The Difference Between Loudness and Volume
  • 05:40 Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced

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How to Create and Use Templates in Audacity

Let’s talk about using templates in Audacity. Templates are a real time saver when editing because the elements of your podcast that stay the same from episode to episode can be placed in a template so you don’t have to recreated them every time you edit a new episode. I use templates for every episode of every podcast I edit and produce. Let’s talk about it.


  • 00:00 How to Create and Use Templates in Audacity
  • 01:02 Template Example
  • 02:14 Sync-Lock Tracks
  • 03:19 The Label Track
  • 04:23 Pinned Playhead
  • 05:05 Slow Fade
  • 06:24 Importing Audio To Your Template
  • 08:18 My Grace Cafe Podcast
  • 10:24 Template Summary
  • 10:52 Shameless Plug For My Channel

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How to Use the Audacity Auto Duck Effect and Envelope Tool for Voiceovers

Voiceovers are easy to do using Audacity. In this video I look at 2 tools within Audacity that can be used for doing voiceovers for podcast intros and outros: The Auto Duck effect and the Envelope tool. These are Audacity’s versions of track automation. Here’s a breakdown of the video for quick reference:

  • 00:00 How to Use the Audacity Auto Duck Effect and Envelope Tool for Voiceovers
  • 00:48 The Auto Duck Effect
  • 01:44 The Pinned Playhead
  • 03:18 The Control Track
  • 03:55 Auto Duck Settings
  • 08:23 The Envelope Tool
  • 09:27 Envelope Tool Control Points

Be sure to check out my online, on-demand video course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced, at Udemy. As of this writing, it consists of 54 video lectures covering over 6 hours of Audacity course material.

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How to Pin the Audacity Playhead and a Look at Timeline Options

Let’s talk about pinning the Audacity playhead and take a look at the Audacity timeline options. Understanding these topics has made me a better podcast editor by speeding up my editing time and giving me extra tools.

  • Video Chapters:
  • 00:00 Pinning the Audacity Playhead and Timeline Properties
  • 02:35 How to Pin the Playhead
  • 04:05 Disabling Auto-Scroll
  • 06:39 Enabling Quick Play
  • 08:05 Lock Play Region
  • 09:18 Repeat Play in the Locked Play Region
  • 10:32 Play-at-Speed in the Locked Play Region

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The Anatomy of an Audacity Waveform

Waveforms are where we spend our time as podcast editors and it’s important to know enough about a waveform to be comfortable editing it. Audacity waveforms are digital representations of the audio that’s been recorded or imported into Audacity. Analog audio recorded through a microphone has to be converted to digital audio before Audacity can do anything with it. USB mics, mixers, and portable recorders like the Zoom H6 do this analog to digital conversion prior to giving it to Audacity to be edited. Let’s take a closer look…

  • Contents:
  • 1:11 Instantaneous Peaks and RMS Average
  • 2:57 Spectrogram View
  • 4:43 Analog to Digital Conversion
  • 6:51 Digital Sample Rates
  • 8:38 Music CD Sample Rate
  • 9:41 Changing the Color of a Waveform

Check out my 54 on-line video lectures at Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced.