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1 The Audacity of it- a quick guide to how to make a Podcast

2 Task: 1)to record a description of how to form the future tense in a language of your choice, without scripting NOTE: the explanation is to be given IN ENGLISH 2)to edit the description 3)to add backing music – there are 3 tracks saved in P: 4)to export the recording as an.mp3 5)to repeat the process HAVING scripted the description 6)to explore a number of further websites

3 Audacity can be found by pressing Start, All Programs Look for There is no right or wrong in this process- just be creative, press buttons and see what happens!

4 The Audacity Work Area Window

5 Skip to Start - moves the cursor to time 0. If you press Play at this point, you project will play from the beginning. Play - starts playing audio at the cursor position. If some audio is selected, only the selection is played. Loop - if you hold down the Shift key, the Play button changes to a Loop button, which lets you keep playing the selection over and over again. Record - starts recording audio at the project sample rate (the sample rate in the lower-left corner of the window). Pause - temporarily stops playback or recording until you press pause again. Stop - stops recording or playing. You must do this before applying effects, saving or exporting.effects Skip to End - moves the cursor to the end of the last track. The Audacity Control Buttons

6 How to…record 1)Press on the record button How to…delete sections 1)Highlight the unwanted section with the cursor 2) Click on the Cut button or press Delete on the keyboard

7 Selection tool - for selecting the range of audio you want to edit or listen to. Envelope tool - for changing the volume over time. Draw tool - for modifying individual samples. Zoom tool - for zooming in and out. Timeshift tool - for sliding tracks left or right. Multi tool - lets you access all of these tools at once depending on the location of the mouse and the keys you are holding down. The Audacity Editing Tools

8 How to…amplify 1)Press Effect, Amplify… 2)Slide the bar to the right to increase volume, to the left to decrease 3)Click Allow clipping 4)Press OK

9 How to…begin recording more material 1)Ensure the cursor is at the end of the recorded section 2)Press record as per normal

10 How to…fade the beginning / end in / out 1)Select the appropriate section 2)Click on Effect and then either Fade In or Fade Out

11 How to…repeat a section 1)Select the appropriate section 2)Click On Effect, Repeat… 3)Set to repeat for the appropriate length 4)Click OK

12 How to…add a musical background 1)Click Project, Import Audio… 2)Find the appropriate track saved on your computer 3)Use the sound bar on the left to increase / decrease the volume to appropriate levels

13 How to…save your final recording 1)Ensure that all editing has been completed 2)Press File, Export As MP3… 3)When the Export… window opens, choose where you want to save the.mp3 to and ensure that you are saving as MP3 Files

14 In order to be able to Export as.MP3 you will need to have the Lame Encoder installed. If you do not have this, you can download it for free from The first time you Export as.MP3 you will be asked to tell Audacity where the file (.dll) is saved. Simply follow the Audacity steps and you will not have to do this again.

15 Further websites to explore (simply a must have classroom tool using recordings of up to 1minute in length) (ideal for collaborative projects) (the opportunity to create individualised, online posters including a variety of media forms) (a great way of ensuring that the audio levels are standard across a recording) (a good, free, podcast host) (teaching podcasts in a variety of languages) ench,_German_AS_+_A2.htmlhttp://web.mac.com/sanferminuk/Advanced_Level_Listening/Spanish,_Fr ench,_German_AS_+_A2.html (A-level exercises from podcasts)

16 Audacity version 1.3

17 The Audacity Work Area Window

18 Skip to Start - moves the cursor to time 0. If you press Play at this point, you project will play from the beginning. Play - starts playing audio at the cursor position. If some audio is selected, only the selection is played. Loop - if you hold down the Shift key, the Play button changes to a Loop button, which lets you keep playing the selection over and over again. Record - starts recording audio at the project sample rate (the sample rate in the lower-left corner of the window). Pause - temporarily stops playback or recording until you press pause again. Stop - stops recording or playing. You must do this before applying effects, saving or exporting.effects Skip to End - moves the cursor to the end of the last track. The Audacity Control Buttons

19 How to…record 1)Press on the record button How to…delete sections 1)Highlight the unwanted section with the cursor 2) Click on the Cut button or press Delete on the keyboard

20 Selection tool - for selecting the range of audio you want to edit or listen to. Envelope tool - for changing the volume over time. Draw tool - for modifying individual samples. Zoom tool - for zooming in and out. Timeshift tool - for sliding tracks left or right. Multi tool - lets you access all of these tools at once depending on the location of the mouse and the keys you are holding down. The Audacity Editing Tools

21 How to…amplify 1)Press Effect, Amplifier, Amplify… 2)Slide the bar to the right to increase volume, to the left to decrease 3)Click Allow clipping 4)Press OK

22 How to…begin recording more material 1)Ensure the cursor is at the end of the recorded section 2)Press record as per normal

23 How to…fade the beginning / end in / out 1)Select the appropriate section 2)Click ON Effect, Utility and then either Fade In or Fade Out

24 How to…add a musical background 1)Click File, Import, Audio 2)Find the appropriate track saved on your computer 3)Use the sound bar on the left to increase / decrease the volume to appropriate levels

25 How to…save your final recording 1)Ensure that all editing has been completed 2)Press File, Export… 3)When the Export… window opens, choose where you want to save the.mp3 to and ensure that you are saving as MP3 Files


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