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.
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.
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.
00:00 Pinning the Audacity Playhead and Timeline Properties
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…
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 Udemy.com. 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.
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?