The Fast Track to Mastering Audacity
Updated August 28, 2020 | Dayton Cole
In part 1 of our 2 part series on recording/editing software for podcasts we took a look at the basic features of GarageBand. While GarageBand is a great entry level program, it is only available for Mac users. This post is an Audacity tutorial for podcasting. Audacity is a free audio recording and editing platform for both Mac and PC (and even Linux if you are hardcore like that). Audacity is available for download at www.audacityteam.org/download/. While GarageBand is a great tool for music production, it isn’t necessarily designed with podcasting in mind. There are a ton of features in GarageBand, but the overall layout tends to be cluttered and has a lot of unnecessary functions that do not help with podcast production.
Enter Audacity. Audacity has a very basic layout, but don’t let that fool you. It actually has a lot of features that are very efficient and easy to use. Let’s get started with the overall layout on this audacity podcasting tutorial.
While most Mac users lean towards using GarageBand, Apple’s native audio editing software, Audacity brings all people together, including Mac, PC, and Linux users. As with all things, Audacity has it’s good and bad qualities.
The pros of this software are that it is compatible on Mac, PC, and Linux. Moreover, this open source software is free to download and has the ability to record high resolution audio that is often found in more expensive programs such as ProTools and Logic. Additionally, the layout is simple and easy to navigate, it allows you to start recording quickly, and you can export multiple individual tracks simultaneously.
While Audacity is highly appealing for all these reasons, there are several negatives. First, the editing features are a bit clunky and the learning curve is steep. Second, unlike GarageBand, the program is aesthetically lacking. Finally, it is easy to shift tracks out of sync while editing. However, with a little practice even a novice can learn how to get great results out of Audacity.
If you watch the Audacity tutorial for podcasting video above you will be well on your way to mastering Audacity. If you encounter any problems, please reach out to our team of audio professionals and we will do everything we can to serve you on your podcasting journey. For a quick reference of what we cover in this video, check out the timestamps and key takeaways below.
00:16 – An Introduction to Audacity
1:00 – Start Here: Configuring Inputs & Outputs
2:15 – Overview of Important Tools
2:45 – Microphone Input & Headphone Output
2:50 – Monitoring for Optimal Input Volume
4:05 – Add New Tracks
4:35 – Naming Your Track
5:08 – How to Start Recording
6:18 – Recording an Intro Voice Over
7:16 – Adding a Second Track
8:09 – Shortcut: How to Zoom
8:45 – Deleting Audio Content
9:10 – Deleting Two Tracks Simultaneously
10:08 – Time Shift Tool
10:50– How to Fade in a Track
11:40 – Track Volume Adjustment, Mute & Solo Tracks
12:05 – Importing Music
15:10 – Volume Automation Tool
16:22 – Exporting a Mix Down of the Session
17:22 – Importing Metadata
18:15 – Exporting Tracks Separately
18:20 – Making All Tracks Start from Beginning
19:30 – Export Settings and Metadata for Separate Tracks
We hope this tutorial has been helpful in giving you the overview you need to be able to effectively use GarageBand for podcasting. We realize we could not cover all of your questions during this short video but our team is always available to help you troubleshoot any other issues you may face. For any additional questions not covered by this tutorial or to learn more about our support processes please email the Resonate Recordings team at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with our team on this page. You can also schedule a call to learn more about our services today!
As Lead Mixing Engineer at Resonate Recordings, Dayton oversees the audio editing and mixing process for many entertaining podcasts. When Dayton is not mixing and mastering audio he enjoys making tacos with his wife in their home in Louisville, KY.