How to Record and Edit a Podcast in Audacity (Complete Tutorial)

How to Record and Edit a Podcast in Audacity (Complete Tutorial)


– Hey, it’s Pat here, and in this video, I’m gonna teach you how to
use Audacity, a free software, so that you can edit and
record your podcasts. This is available for
both Mac and PC users. I’ll show you exactly
how you can make sure your mics are all set up
properly, your levels are OK. And, also, we’ll do a
little test recording, too. I’ll show you exactly how to do that. But also, just realize
that this is a lesson that’s actually pulled out from my more premium
course, Power Up Podcasting, so it may reference other
parts of that course. If it happens, don’t worry about it. Just go in, learn how to
use Audacity and have fun. This is a tutorial for those of you who are going to be using the free tool, Audacity, to edit your podcasts. It’s great for recording, for editing, for mixing, for multi-tracks. Similar to Garage Band, it’s
great to use and it’s free. And to get it, all you have to
do is go to audacityteam.org. Again, that’s audacityteam.org and it’s great if you’re a Windows user because you can just download
it right to your computer. It’s also available for
Mac, and also Linux, too. But, mostly, those of
you who are watching this are likely gonna be on Windows
because you’ve been looking for a free solution to edit
your show, and here it is. I’m gonna show you exactly
how to use it, right now. OK, here we are in a blank Audacity file and the first thing you
want to make sure is that the microphone
that you want to use is the one that’s selected
as the input device. And the Input Device area is right here next to this little microphone, and all you have to do is
click on this drop-down menu and just make sure that the
microphone you want is there. And if it’s not, if your ATR
microphone is maybe not there, make sure it’s turned on,
make sure it’s plugged in, make sure it’s all good, and then it should be
available for you to select. Then, you could choose
between Mono Input Channel and Stereo Input Channel. And, typically, I recommend
recording your voice with your podcast for Mono, or in Mono, and that means your voice that you record is gonna be heard equally on both the left-hand side
and the right-hand side without any worry of having it pan between the left and right side or having it be only in one ear. It kind of sounds weird when
you’re listening to something and it’s only coming in on one ear. Now, sometimes, just to warn you, when you import a file
from an external source, maybe it’s an MP3 file
that is your interview that you recorded with somebody on Skype or maybe it’s the music
that you downloaded online or the voiceover that you
received from somebody, when you import it, typically, it may actually be in stereo. And that’s OK, as long
as when you play it back, you’re hearing it equally on both the left and right-hand side. That’s what matters and,
typically, you won’t have to ever worry about that anyway, just kind of wanted to
give you that warning. Now, we’re gonna do a test recording here and then we’re gonna play around with that file and those tracks. And then I’m gonna import other tracks and show you how to create
an episode on the fly, here, so that you know how to use these tools and then you can move forward with the tutorials in
this particular module. So, to record in Audacity,
all you have to do is click on this red button, here. And then, I’m going to do that right now and just start talking, and I’ll play this back
for you in just a minute, but I want you to notice a few things. Right now, you can see
that it’s mapping my voice in the form of waveforms, here, and there’s little peaks and valleys. And the number one thing
you need to worry about is if those peaks are extending too high, kind of outside of this
region of this track and if it is doing that,
then you are too loud. That’s called clipping. Clipping is bad because
when a person listens to an audio file that’s clipped,
it’s gonna sound distorted. It’s not gonna sound very pretty at all. And if you notice that that’s happening now when you’re testing, and you will be doing a
test to check this out, all you have to do is adjust
the volume on the fly, here, with this little Input Volume slider and that will help you
adjust it one way or another. The best practice, the
best ideal situation is to, as you are speaking normally, in your normal podcast speaking
voice when you are recording that it’s never getting
beyond the outer limits here and it’s getting as close
to the top as possible. Sometimes, you’ll record
it and it’ll be very small and, yes, you can sort of
raise the volume levels there, but the best practice,
the best quality audio will be when it’s just like this, quite high into the 0.5 to 1.0 region without getting or extending
beyond those parts. Now, I’m gonna click Stop to stop and just kind of warning you that when you are editing your files, which I’ll show you in a
second, don’t click Pause. When you click Pause and try to edit, actually, all of your
editing features will go away and it’ll become very frustrating and you’re not gonna know why. If, for whatever reason, you
find that your editing tools are just not working for you, it may be because you
paused instead of stopped. So just practice using the Stop button instead of the Pause
button here on Audacity. Now, you can see that we recorded a nearly one minute and 15 seconds worth of audio here and that’s great. I’m gonna click on this button, here, to skip back to the beginning
and then just press Play and show you what happens. That, right now and just start talking, and I’ll play this back
for you in just a minute, but I want you to notice a few things. Right now, you can see
that it’s mapping my voice in the form of waveforms
here and there’s a little. OK, so that works out and
checks out pretty good. Now, what I want to do is, actually, before I start editing and slicing and show you how to move things around, I’m actually gonna import
some music, really quick, and show you how easy this is to do. And then, I’m going to show you actually how to adjust the
volumes of certain things so that your voice can kind
of come over the the music and the music won’t be too loud and all those sorts of things. Now, I have a file here, an MP3 file, that I downloaded from a website that has royalty-free music. And this allows me to use it
in my podcast with no worry of somebody like saying,
“Hey, that’s my song.” So to import these things, and you can also import
voiceovers that you get and also, like I said earlier, your interviews that you have. To put them in here, all you have to do is click on that file and drag and drop it and literally just let go in Audacity and it should map out its own
track for you, right, there. And you can see this song
is about 2 1/2 minutes long. It’s a little too long because my voice only
goes over to this part and, of course, remember
this is just a demonstration, so I’m just kind of showing
you how to use the tools, but let’s say that I want to remove this end portion, here, of this song. To do that, all you have to do is click on this Selection tool which is typically there by default, but I’m just gonna click
on that and start here, select this area after my
voice and that highlights it. You can see it’s a different
color and that’s kind of, that’s the thing that
I’m focusing on right now and all I have to do to delete that is just click Delete on my
keyboard and there you go. Now, there’s a number of different ways to zoom in to this area. My favorite way is just to
Simply click this button, here, which is called Fit Project. You can use these plus and
minus magnifying glasses, here, too, but this will
essentially just have it stretch out to the length of your window, so I’m gonna do that right now so I can see things a little bit better. Now, if I were to click Play, you’ll notice that
there’s two tracks here. And, yes, there are three lines and that’s because this second track here, the one that I just highlighted, this is a song that’s actually in stereo. And in stereo, you see
actually the left side and the right side. Now, like I said, because
they’re both equal on both sides, you can actually see that here, I don’t have to worry about it. It’s when you see one of them flat and one of them having sound, that means it’s only
gonna come out in one ear and it’s gonna sound very weird. You can actually adjust
this if you wanted to using this tool, here, which is the Pan tool and I can adjust it. You’ll see the L, here, for
left and the R, here, for right. You can move things to the
left side or the right side. Typically when you’re recording a podcast, you don’t need to do that. When you’re recording music,
then that’s more relevant. So, let’s see, what I want to
do now is not play it for you because I can tell that when,
if I were to play it for you, the music’s gonna be too loud, the voice is gonna be too loud. It’s just going to be a
lot of stuff going on. Typically, what happens
when you record a podcast is that the music will come in, and then your voice will come in later, so I’m gonna show you how
to do that, right now. And to move things around,
you’re gonna use this tool, here, that’s the Time Shift tool
and I’m gonna show you what happens when I do this, right now. I’m actually gonna zoom out a little bit ’cause I know I’m going
to need some extra room. So I’m gonna click on the Time Shift tool and what this allows me to do
is literally move these things that I’ve already recorded
or inputted around. And that just makes it very easy, and typically these things
will snap into place for you to, you know, places
like in the beginning, and that’s how you do that. Now, typically, you’re gonna
want to move certain parts. So let’s say, for example, that I wanted to break up this in the
middle and then move it. Now, to do that, you
have to actually select the portion of the, actually,
go to your Selection tool, then select the part of the track that you want to kind of
have as the breaking point. Now, quick tip, don’t select
this part at the top, here. This will kind of auto-play that part. That’s mostly used for music and to listening things over
and over and over again. If you want to select a certain
portion of the timeline, click within a track
that you’re working in. So I’m just gonna click
in there, for example, and, as you could see, that just that puts a
little finger right there, showing me that’s precisely
where I want the break to be. And, of course, you might need to play it and kind of zoom in a little bit to make sure that’s correct. But, for now, I’m just gonna
do this portion right here. I’m gonna break up this
single track, not both tracks, but just this single track only. And to do that, all you have
to do is select that part and go to Edit, Clip
Boundaries, and Split, or you can use Control + I on your PC or Command + I on your Mac. And I’m gonna do that, right now, and you’ll see that that hardly
did anything at all, right. It kind of just made
this little black line, but that line’s really important because now when I use my Time Shift tool, when I move, this part opens up. Now, I’m not moving the whole thing because it’s broken in the middle. And now, let’s say, for
example, this is the part in the intro where I wanted
to feature this music, so I want this part, the
music, to stand out here and kind of my voice to go away which is why that’s broken like that. Now, I have some little extra
parts here at the end of this, so what I’m gonna do is
actually hit the Selection tool, remove that bit there, and now it’s even. Now, let’s say I want the beginning to be just the music. So I’m gonna actually
use the Time Shift tool, move this over a little bit, too. So, as you can see, this
is just, just becomes a way for you to play around with things. Now, the other important
thing I want to share with you besides, we did deleting
already, we did splitting. Again, remember, splitting
it’s kind of hard at first. You go to Edit, you go to Clip
Boundaries, and then Split. Or you can do your Control
+ I command in your PC or the Command + I on your Mac. Now, the last thing I want
to share with you is to, how to adjust the volumes and kind of have things
fade-in, have things fade-out, all as things are going. And let’s do that, right
here, using the Envelope tool. This is to sort of the
volume adjuster tool as I think it should be called instead, so I’m going to click on that. And now, you’ll see that
it kind of highlights certain moments of these files, here. So I’m not gonna adjust
the volume within my voice. I always want that to sort
of be at the right volume. The music is what I want to change. So wat I want to happen is, this is, you’ll see when you click on
this, it adds a little dot and that dot becomes sort of a point at which the volume becomes
kind of down to that level. And now, I can take this bar
and adjust it a little bit. It actually creates another
dot where I eventually let go and I can move things around a little bit. I can sort of adjust it. So I want the music to start
out, you know, quite loud at that part in the beginning, and then I want to get
softer as my voice comes in. So I’m actually gonna move
it down a little bit more. I might need to actually move
even down more like that. Now, I’m gonna go back to the beginning and just play this for you and kind of we’ll just
see what it sounds like. (upbeat pop music) That, right now, and just start talking, and I’ll play this back
for you just a minute, but I want you to notice a few things. Right now, you can see
that it’s mapping my voice. Now, that was pretty cool, right? Loud music to start,
and then it faded out. It faded out a little early, so what I might want to actually do is kind of move this over a little bit so I begin talking as it’s fading out. Let’s actually try that. I’m going to go to the Selection Tools, select this part here,
and then click Play. (upbeat pop music) That, right now, and just start talking, and I’ll play this back
for you in just a minute, but I want you to note. Now, that’s not bad. Now, obviously, when I
clicked Record earlier, it was as I was in the
middle of a sentence, so maybe I can make this
sound a little bit better by moving these things over, and I’m gonna actually record
in the middle of this track, even before all this stuff comes in. So, to do that, just make sure that your track is highlighted,
the one that you want, and then click the Select Tool, I want to start recording at this point, and just hit Record. It’s gonna pick up right
where you cursor is, watch. (upbeat pop music) Hey guys, thanks so much for being here. I appreciate you, and you’re awesome. Let’s keep going here, boom. Oh no, what happened? I recorded up here and I was in this track and now it recorded a new track down here. What’s going on, ah? Don’t worry, I did that on purpose because this used to really bother me. I wasn’t really understanding
what was going on, but here’s the deal. When you hit the Record button, whether it’s this red button here or you go and click the R button, which is the shortcut to Record, it always starts where you left off or where your Selection tool
is selected in the timeline, but it always adds a new track. If I were to hit record, now, (upbeat pop music) you’ll see that it adds a
fourth track, down below, and that’s not cool; I
wanted that to be up here. So what’s going on? Well, there may be opportunities and times where you want to create a new track and that’s totally OK. But if you don’t want these things that you mistakenly recorded, all you have to do is
click on the X button at the top left corner of
each of these tracks, here, and that’ll get rid of it. We want to record and
add to this file, here. Now, there’s a couple of ways to do that, to add to this particular track. The first one is called Append Record and that means to add to
the end of this recording. So when you append this recording, and I’ll show you the button
to do that in just a moment, it’ll always start where
you left off on this track. The very last bit of audio, it’ll just pick up right from there. And to do that, you go to Transport, and then hit Append Record. That’ll always work to
record at the very end. No matter where you are
selected in the timeline, here, it’ll always start recording
at the end on this side. But I would recommend,
if you’re gonna do that, to hit Shift + R because
that’s a lot more convenient and it just makes more sense to do that. So just keep that in mind. Now, what is the use case for this? Well, let’s say, for example, you’re recording on one
single track just like this and you’re going fine and then you might be forgetting something you’re about to say, so you hit Stop, and you want to pick up
right where you left off because you were gonna
look down at your notes or kind of reframe what
you’re talking about or just try and figure out
what to say really quick before you hit Record again. Just hit Shift + R to
continue where you left off. I know it’s kind of
weird and inconvenient. But, at first, yeah, it’s kind of weird, but you actually get used to it over time. Don’t hit this Record button or else it’ll pick up
right where you left off, but in a new track and then
you can have to Copy, Paste or drag and drop that
back into that other track which is a minor inconvenience. But all you have to do is just make sure that track is selected. Again, it could be anywhere you want, and then hit Shift + R and it’ll add to the that, just like this. So, as you can see, it’s just adding to the end of this track, just like that. Now, let’s say that you actually wanted to record something here. And remember, we made the intro music loud and we faded out so that we
could come in with our voice. And this part, here, in the beginning of what
we initially recorded was kind of weird, so we’re
gonna record something else and add it in there. How do we do that? How do we record right into
a initial track like this? Well, you’re gonna actually
have to create a new track and then just Copy and
Paste and put it in there and it’s just very simple. So, all we have to do is click Record. And, actually, one thing I like to do when I’m recording a new section is to kind of mute everything else. So, there’s a couple things you can do. You can mute the existing things, like for this music,
I’m going to mute that ’cause I know that’s playing at this part which I’m going to record over. And then, I’ll unmute that when I play it later just to hear it. So I muted it here. Now, this Solo button, that’s if you only want to hear that track and everything else means automatically. So, as we can see, that
other track muted, there, and any other tracks would
mute at the same time. So I’m gonna click Mute because
I don’t want to hear that and I’m gonna record and, like I said, that we’re gonna record it in a new track below this music track, but then we’ll do something
with it really quick to move it back up here
and move things around, so. Hey guys, what’s up? It’s Pat, here. Thank you so much for
joining me on this show. Today, we’re gonna we’re gonna be talking about this and that, and then also that. So, there you go. So I’m gonna play this back and I’m actually gonna
turn the music back on. And we haven’t moved it yet, but I just want to show
you what this sounds like. (upbeat pop music) Hey, guys, what’s up? It’s Pat, here. Thank you so much for
joining me on this show. Today, we’re gonna be talking about this and that, and then also that. (upbeat pop music) So, kind of cool, right? The music came in and then it faded out. My voice came in. I could probably move it
over just a little bit more, like kind of over to here, to give myself a little bit more room. And then, the music keeps playing. It’s just kind of like
background music as I’m talking. And then, typically, what would happen is, you would fade that music out, not have it abruptly end like
that as I continued to talk. And that just becomes a very
professional, but easy, way to kind of have a fading sequence into sort of the content of your show and that’s pretty cool. Now let’s continue on here. I want to get this up here. How do we do that? Well, there’s a couple ways to do that. You can double-click on this. Actually, make sure the
Selection tool is on. Double-click on that and hit Copy, or you can got to Edit and Copy. Just come up here and then Paste that and then you can move it around
to where you want to move it using the Time Shift tool,
so I’m gonna do that there. I’m gonna move this back,
and move this around. I’m gonna take this
part off the end there. And then, I’m gonna remove this clip because I’ve already pasted it. And there you go. So let’s listen to this again. (upbeat pop music) Hey, guys, what’s up? It’s Pat, here. Thank you so much for joining me on. Cool, that sounds great. Now, the last thing I
want to share with you before I show you how to
export with this tool, and then you can get
into the further lessons to kind of walk you through
the entire process, here, of creating your master file, putting your episodes together, all those sorts of things, really easily. If, let’s say, for example,
that this section, here, actually let me fit to screen, this section that we
have highlighted here, let’s say this is like a
coughing fit that I had or sneeze or a mistake that I know I made. I want to remove that, but then I also want to add into that. So there’s a couple ways to do that. Typically, I would just like delete this, but then I would hit Edit,
Clip Boundaries, and Split. You can do that, remember
Command + I or Control + I, and now I can move things around so I can insert a file or audio track or audio recording into that. So I’m just gonna move that around. You know, I got rid of that
coughing fit, which is great, but then I’m gonna hit that, (upbeat pop music)
right there. Actually, that’s the
thing you don’t want to do is click on this area up here. It autoplays wherever. If you wanted to just autoplay
at a particularly point, just click in the timeline up
here where the numbers are, fly here, with, like that.
(upbeat pop music) That just makes it really easy to listen (pre-recorded track drowns out speech) but, typically, when you are editing, that’s very frustrating. And, again, make sure that when you select a certain time point
in your timeline, here, select it within a track like that and you won’t have to worry
about it autoplaying like that. But, again, I want to move things around and just kind of make room for a file that I’m about to record. And so let’s go into the Selection tool. I’m gonna pick it up right
where I left off, right there, and then I’m gonna hit Record. It’s gonna record into a third track, and then I’m just gonna
kind of copy and paste it and put it in there, no problem. Hey, guys, this is what I meant to say. And, there you go, so I’m gonna copy that. I’m just gonna click on that and paste it and move things back to where they were. And, yes, this is gonna take
a little bit of practice. It does seem like it’s a
lot of hard work upfront, and it is, but you’ll get used to it. You’re gonna find that you’re gonna make less mistakes over time. I’m gonna delete this. And now, this kind of file has
been inserted into the middle where that coughing fit
was and we are A-OK. That’s less common than, say, for example, you know you picked up right
where you left off before, so, typically, you’ll just kind of remove the error portion
there, hit Delete, and then things just kind of squeeze
together nicely for you. And then, you kind of
like zoom into that area to kind of get very precise
with where you want to go and how you want things to be cut. And then, you can kind
of fit to screen again and then things just fall
into place which is great. So, there you go, that’s how you use the basic editing tools here on Audacity for you to be able to kind
of put your show together. Yeah, so that’s how you do it. Now, the last thing I want
to show you is how to export. It’s quite simple, actually. All right, to export, all you have to do is go to File, and then
Export, very simple. And then, name it. You’re gonna, I’m gonna
name it as Sample File, and then, where to save it. And then, you want to click on the format. Now, WAV file is a very
common audio format, although, compared to an MP3 file, it’s significantly larger, so you going to take up more space. If you going to share this with anybody or upload it to any tools, which you will potentially
do later in this course, it’s gonna take a little bit longer. So I typically recommend
to select MP3 files, and then the quality can be
anywhere in this upper level. I like 192, it’s not a huge deal. When you get into the lower levels, here, which will significantly
decrease the file size, it’ll definitely significantly decrease the quality of that file as well. So just keep it in the upper
levels, up here, hit OK. And now, when I hit Save,
there’s one more step. It’s gonna ask me if I want
to edit any of this metadata. Now, I’m gonna share
with you in a later video exactly how to edit your metadata. You don’t need to do it right now, but I would recommend
actually clearing this out because, as you can see here, the artist name, the track title, this is all related to the
music that I imported in here. We don’t want that, so
I’m gonna clear that out and I’m just gonna hit OK, and I’m just gonna leave it at that. Your tracks will be mixed
down to two stereo channels. That’s totally fine. Don’t show this warning again, OK. And then, it’s just
gonna think a little bit, and then we are good
to go, and that’s that. So that was a deep dive
on how to use Audacity to edit and record your
podcast, which is fantastic, but obviously there’s
a lot more components to setting up your podcast
properly, of course. Now, if you aren’t
already in my mini class, you can actually get access to that three-day mini
class right now for free, by going to podcastingtutorial.com. It’ll walk you through a three-day process to help you get your
podcast set up from scratch, to up on iTunes so that
people can find it. So, if you’re ready for that, go to podcastingtutorial.com, if you aren’t there already
and taking my mini class. So, thank you so much and
good luck on your show.

100 thoughts on “How to Record and Edit a Podcast in Audacity (Complete Tutorial)

  1. Can't thank you enough, I've watched this several times and finally got a little recording down! You are amazing! If you can teach this ol girl from the technically challenged generation, you deserve amazing!!

  2. Thank you so much Pat! My Entertainment Journalism teacher has given the assignment of creating a podcast and this video has indeed helped a lot. Lots of love!

  3. I have a question if someone would be so kind as to answer it. Could I record a piece of live music using Audacity, and then use it as the intro/outro/interlude music in the podcast I am thinking of making? Would it be possible to keep the music as a second file so I can use it in each episode? Thanks.

  4. Useful info. Would be better if you wouldn't say "actually" every few seconds. Makes you sound like a splainy douchebag.

  5. Great video on the basics of editing with Audacity. I never thought about pausing during a recording. Thanks for the tips!

  6. Is there a way to simultaneously record multiple sources? Whenever I try to record something with more than one mic, even through a mixer, audacity only records mic 1.

  7. Thanks so much for this whole series, I will be starting. My podcast up very soon, and with your tips I believe it will be successful. Thank you

  8. are you able to have multiple microphones connected and use? say I wanted more than just me to record for the podcast.

  9. What if I wanted to use a second computer as an audio source during recording for playing things like audio drops or other audio/video clips? Right now I am running everything through a Presonus Audiobox 2×2 interface.

  10. im really upset the audacity is mute when i try to play my wav or mp3 audio that i import… it has no sound even when your youtube video has sound.. what happened?

  11. I learned more about Audacity in this 20 min video than I’ve learned just playing with it on my own over like 3 years! Thank you so much! I subscribed and when I’m ready I will take the 3 day class on your website! I’m excited to start my own show! Thanks again!

  12. Very rarely do I click on a simple how-to video and it actually be simple and informative at the same time. 2 thumbs up

  13. I'm actually in the process of making a podcast with two other people and I wanted to know how could we record ourselves on one laptop or are two needed

  14. Hello, just started trying to use Audacity to record our meetings. I think I may have not loaded it correctly. How do you record, playback to get the last few words? Did I understand you to say not to 'pause' but to stop the recording? I don't want to have to go back to the beginning each time. Also, should I try to reinstall it to be sure it's installed correctly? Also I want to use my microphone but I am not sure how to do it? Thanks so much!

  15. Thanks for the video, it's really helpful, but I was wondering, I host a podcast about films, and I was wondering if there is a way to put the trailer audio of the film, into the podcast, much like music you import into Audacity

  16. good tutorial bruh tnx this means a lot to me,next bruh can you edit how to sing record with minus-one in good quality like a studio.

  17. What if i wanna record a skype call how would i do that. Me and my friend are trying to learn how to make a podcast but we live on opposite sides of the country.

  18. How far does specific headphones. I was considering maybe starting a podcast with my friend and I have a gaming Logitech g430 Headset and am wondering if it matter what headphones you have

  19. Is there a way to record music playing from your computer while you record your voice simultaneously? For instance if you want to sing along with the song playing.

  20. Pat, thank you so much for all the work you do. You help thousands of people to push the envelope and overcome the fear of starting to act. Thank you!!

  21. How can anyone give this a Thumbs Down? There is so much value in this video,.. for FREE people. Thank you Pat, this video was a HUGE help!

  22. Pat, I am trying to start freelancing on voice over. I did a few auditions, and I was offer a book reading job. I am doing it through ACX, and I am using Audacity but it keeps on being rejected due to room noise. I think it has to do with my laptop's fan but I can't hear the noise they are referring to when I replay it. What would you suggest?

  23. tell me how to do that not IM GOING TO TELL YOU… you suck my friend…. idk how people listen to you more than once…. you take to much time to explain something very simple! Dont do that, its annoying

  24. What's the best audio editing software for taking an MP3 audio file that's four minutes long and making it faster thus say three minutes long?

  25. Tip for using Levelator: If you have Intro/Outro music, first edit and export only the vocal track without the Intro/Outro and put it through the Levelator. Then add the Intro/Outro music to the vocal track from the Levelator and export in your desired format. If you export with the Intro/Outro music and then put it through the Levelator it might distort the sound of the music. Hope this helps.

  26. Pat, I can't tell you how much I appreciate this tutorial. It was very practical and fast forwarded my learning on Audacity. I was over here dreading learning a new software and so have been avoiding it! Thanks to you, I can level up my podcast with little effort!

  27. When you export don't you want it to say.. Download to a single mono channel…. For podcast? Otherwise you'll be talking out of right side of speaker for example… And your guest out of left. Which you don't want right?

  28. "QUESTION" I have my music tracks on 1 & 2. I'm recording lead vocal on Track 3. The music from tracks 1 & 2 goes to track 3 during recording. How do I fix that?

  29. Thanks so much for this! We are new to recording although I used to be sound tech for a Vineyard church years ago. My husband will be recording for a radio show and your pointers are invaluable! Now to find a royalty free music clip and we'll be all set.

  30. lol how does a video like this have 37 dislikes? I mean what's there to hate about it? and if you don't like Pat then why watch it? Honestly, if you are one of the people who thumbs down reply to this comment and explain why. I am just curious what it was that made you not like it. No hate just really curious.

  31. Thank you so much for doing this video. I have used the tools to start editing my first podcast episode and it probably would have taken twice as long to figure this stuff out myself. You have a new subscriber 🙂

  32. Thanks a bunch for making this tutorial! It was a key part of the learning that went into my first podcast.

  33. what a great tutorial! I actually downloaded Audacity first, and then created an audio file, added music, right along with you as I watched your video in the other screen. Sounded good even with just my laptop mike. Just ordered the 2100 mike you recommended and accessories, and can't wait to get started podcasting.

  34. Great tutorial. Thank you. But you might turn off the mouse accelerator. This helps you to click more precisely.

  35. Hey everyone. Hope you're all well. Had a technical question regarding Audacity and using an H6 Zoom recorder as an audio interface. Any help would be lovely.

    I have somewhat of a technical question with Audacity, not sure where else to ask. I've concluded the issue is within audacity and you'll see why.

    I'm trying to use my H6 recorder as an audio interface to record straight into audacity. Now when I attach an H6 Zoom included microphone microphone attachment (XY Mic), it detects the sound on the H6 and records perfectly straight to audacity.

    But when I plug in a dynamic microphone thru one of the 4 inputs (a samson Q2U xlr/USB dynamic mic), the H6 recorder detects the sound, but the sound is not detected when I push record on audacity (it's recording but no sound wave),

    There must be some setting with audacity I am missing where it isn't recieving the sound which clearly the audio interface (h6) is.

    Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.

  36. Hi! thanks for your videos! I have a question 😛 .. isn't there a way to record the talking and the music on the go that's won't need so much time editing on the computer? .. in my plan mistakes are acceptable, but I'd like to record me talking and then playing a song and move to talking any time during the song or just after is over, but not necessarily adding the mp3 of the song in between of what i'm saying, but you know, talk then hit play on the music player (either on the computer or an external player) and then talk more, and then play a tune, and maybe say something while it's playing, and then let the song go.. etc etc.. but all this, doing it on the go and not going through this "editing process" that seems too much time consuming to me really

  37. I am a total beginner, is there a video that is related to sources for royalty free tracks for intro and so forth. Can someone point me to a good website to find this music? Thank you.

  38. You never mention the site you got your royalty free music from.. I would like to know where I can. Somebody help me out please and thanks!

  39. Ran into an issue exporting with the MP3 audio not being coded and I need LAME but LAME is built into this Mac I'm using so I'm confused.

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