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How To Add Stingers, Bumpers, Jingles Or Musical Interludes To Your Podcast With Audacity

Stingers Add That Extra Little Bit Of Professionalism To Your Podcast - And It's Easy, But Time Consuming!

Stingers are small pieces of music that break up a Radio Programme or Podcast, an alternative to using Jingles (which are expensive to buy!), but if you use music released under the Creative Commons license, you can mix it up and create your own little clips.

They add an extra bit of oomph to your Podcast, and they do add something to the production, but they do add time to the process of your Podcast. My advice is to give it a go once, decide if they're good for you, then go for it!

WARNING: Save your project every couple of minutes in Audacity - IT WILL CRASH - especially if you haven't saved for a while.....

Podsafeaudio.com screen shot

First we need to head on over to podsafeaudio.com and choose a song or piece of music to turn into our stingers.

Download a few, listen to them locally, then pick one to work on.

Stinger Song

We're going to be using Audacity to edit our song - it's free and easy to use.

Click file, open, to import the mp3.

Listen to the music and try and pick out short sections, say 15 seconds long, that might sound good.

Don't be put off by vocals - often using a chorus can be very effective.


Selecting A Stinger

Once you've picked out a likely candidate, use the "selection tool" to highlight your choice, then "Edit", "Copy".

We need a new Window to work in, so "File", "new", "edit", "paste"


Adding Fade To Stinger

To complete our stinger we need to add fades to the beginning and end.

Select the first few seconds, then "Effect", Fade In for the beginning, Fade Out for the end.

Now you can save your Stinger. "File", "Export as Wav".

Podcast with Stingers

Now we can select, copy and paste our stinger back into our Podcast voice audio. (After the vocal has been leveled with the Levelator.)

Create a new stereo track for each stinger with "Project", "New Stereo Track".

Paste the stinger into the track, then use the "time shift" tool to slide it into the correct position.

It makes things easier if you squash up the tracks and zoom out so you get the bigger picture.


If tracks have been sampled at different rates, you may find that your stingers play too fast or too slow. To adjust this problem, select the stinger, then choose "effect", "change speed", and its usually plus or minus 28%.

Now head back to our Recording a Podcast Guide to finish up the audio section of our Podcast.

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