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Audacity Is A Great, Free Program For Recording, Editing, and Exporting Your Netcast - A How To Guide

Your Mic is plugged in. You've read your notes and are ready to go. Let's fire up Audacity and speak to the world!

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

Audacity Sample Settings.

First, download Audacity and Fire it up, and make sure you install the lame extra.

Now we need to enter some preferences to set the sample rate, or quality, of our recording.

Click Edit, Preferences, go to the quality tab and change it to 44100. This is more than enough for what we need.

Audacity MP3 settings

Now we're going to set the quality for the mp3 that we'll export at the end.

Click the file formats tab, and change the mp3 export mp3 value to 112. You can go lower to make your file sizes smaller.


Audacity start recording.

Have a sip of some water, blow your nose, clear your throat, look at your notes, and put your headset on.

Hit the red record button and you're off - you're Podcasting!

If you need to pause, press the blue pause button. If you use the stop button, a new track will appear below the first one. Make sure you've got the "Selection Tool" selected, then click at the end of the first track, when you hit record it will continue on that track in the right place.

If you're going to be adding "Stingers" or music between sections of your Podcast, make sure you pause for at least 10 seconds between those sections, it will make it a lot easier to find the right places for your music afterwards.

Read this guide for some tips about podcasting styles.

Cut a selection in Audacity

Now we've finished recording our Podcast, you may want to do some editing.

To cut chunks out of the track, use the "selection tool" highlight the area you want to remove, click Edit, then Cut.

If you want to add a pause to your recording, use the selection tool to select where you want the pause, then click "generate", "Silence", then enter how long you want the gap to be.


Audacity Fade In Effect

You may want to fade in or fade out your audio.

Simply select the area you want to fade, choose "effect" then either fade in or out. You can repeat the effect to have a more pronounced change.

At this point if you've got any other voice audio (eg interviews) you want to add, put them in.

Simply open the other file, "edit", "select all", then come to this file, "project", "new audio track" (or stereo track if you've got a stereo microphone), then "Edit", "Paste"

Use the "Time Shift Tool" to slide the new track to where you want it in the timeline, generating silences, or fades, to make it fit. Make sure you leave 10 second gaps between the sections of your podcast if you're going to be adding music / stingers.

Now we've finished with the editing, we want to export the whole file as a wav.

"File", "Export as a Wav"

The Levelator Screen-shot

If you haven't already, download and install The Levelator.

Start the program, and this screen on the left will appear.

Simply find your Podcast .wav file, then click and drag it down to the task bar onto the Levelator.

The levelator will appear again if its been hidden by the previous window. Drop your .wav file onto the Levelator screen, and go and make a cup of tea while it does its thing.

Audacity with Levelator Your audio track will now look something like this. We're almost done.


If you were going to add any musical jingles or stingers, now is the time. You should be able to see where they go if you left the 10 second gaps between sections of your podcast. You may well have to adjust the volume of these music clips by selecting them, then choose "effect", "amplify" and put in a value, negative to make them quieter. Use small values (5) and repeat if necessary.

Check out our guide for creating your own stingers.


We now need to put in some ID3 tags.

Click "Project", "Edit ID3 Tags" and enter your information.

Once you're done, simply click "file", "Export as mp3" and we're done with the audio part of creating the Podcast.

You'll now want to embed a logo so that appears on Ipods and MP3 players when it's downloaded.


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