How To Record An Audio Podcast Using Audacity
In today’s post I’m going to show you how easy it is to record an audio podcast using Audacity.
You will need a microphone plugged in and a script in front of you on what you want to talk about.
Once you have those in place then we can begin…
1. Download your recording software
I use Audacity because it’s so easy to use and is free . Head over to http://audacity.sourceforge.net and click on the download link and save it to your desktop.
2. Download your MP3 encoder plug-in
You will need it to export your audio into an Mp3 file. Click on the Download button at the top of the page. Then look on the left hand side and click on Windows.
Go down to Optional Downloads and the one you want is the LAME MP3 Encoder. Click on it to download it to your computer.
3. Open up Audacity
Click on the Audacity icon on your desktop or if it’s not there, look in your list of programs on your computer.
4. Start recording
When you are ready to record, click on the round circle button to begin. Wait 2 – 3 seconds after pushing the record button before you speak to allow for any intro music if you want to add some later.
When you stop talking, wait 2 – 3 seconds, then click on the square button to stop.
Your recording will look something like the one below. It will look a little different if you have zoomed in but normally, the thick horizontal line that goes across the screen is the background noise. It should be thin. The blue spikes are the words spoken, and the tall thin spike and the short one to the right are clicks.
5. Check your recording
Click on the green arrow button to listen to what you’ve just recorded. If it doesn’t start playing straight away then place your cursor at the beginning of the clip and press the play button. Any editing out can be done in the next step.
6. Edit out your background noise
If you have background noises in your audio, now is the time to take them out. We take out the clicks with the cut and silencing tools. Zoom in to the section you want editing by clicking view and then Zoom in.
After you have zoomed in, highlight the section you’d like to remove and use the cut or silence button to remove the section.
Once you are happy with your recording then you can save it.
7. Save your recording
Click on file, then go down to the Save Project As to save to your computer. Always save an original copy of your audio as it makes it easier when you want to go back and edit it again.
After you’ve saved your original copy, you can then save it as an Mp3.
Click on the export option
Add your metadata
Give your audio a name
Select Mp3 as the type.
And that’s it you’re done…
You can download a free Pdf version of How To Record An Audio Podcast Using Audacity by clicking here.
And if you would like your podcast transcribed into text for you to make your podcast more search engine friendly, why not let me transcribe it for you.
Visit my website at http://www.firstclasstranscriptions.co.uk for more details.
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