Welcome to episode 13 of the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I’m back from a month long road trip and while I was gone, I started hearing and reading concerns over Audacity becoming spyware under its new ownership. Also today, April 26, 2021, a new version of Audacity (3.0.3) was released. Coincidence? Let’s talk.
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.
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