Audacity 3.0.0 gives us the ability to import and export our macros and to add comments in a macro step. This is a big deal if you use macros like I do.
What’s the difference between the amplify effect and the LUFS effect in Audacity? Can I use amplify in place of loudness leveling? The biggest problem with using Amplify to make levels consistent in an audio track, is the amount of time it’s going to take to fix it. You’re going to have to go to each spot in your project where the audio is either real low or too high and apply a different amount of amplification to each one.
Applying Loudness Leveling is much better and much easier. It sets the overall loudness of the track or project to the specified LUFS level from start to finish one time, eliminating the need to find and correct every variation in amplitude individually.
I talk briefly about the Auphonic Desktop Leveler in this video. It’s a stand-alone program that levels the audio you export from Audacity, along with performing other behind-the-scenes audio production. I use the Auphonic Desktop Leveler on every piece of audio that I export out of Audacity. I’ll be doing a separate video on how to use it soon but in the meantime, I’ve included a link to it in the event you want more info. I’m not associated with Auphonic in any way. It’s simply a good product that I use and recommend.
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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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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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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
Check out my online video course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced, at Udemy.com.
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…
- 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.