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Getting started with Audacity 1.3

By : Bethany Hiitola, Stephen Daulton
Book Image

Getting started with Audacity 1.3

By: Bethany Hiitola, Stephen Daulton

Overview of this book

Using the Audacity software as the starting off point, we discuss what the software is, what it can do, how you can use it, and where you go to get started installing it. All of this information is grounded in some basic audio editing terminology and background for those that aren't so technology inclined.Then we'll start digging into a sample project! You'll learn about how to set up a project, create a voice track, record an interview with Skype, and basic audio editing techniques. All of this done in an easy to follow, task based approach with lots of examples. Here, we plan to go a step further, we teach how to wrap all of these steps together and create a podcast that can be posted on your own website or blog.There's always more you can do with Audacity! The last portion of the book is dedicated to just that - discussing more advanced editing and mixing techniques, using affects, adding music, adding additional plug-ins to the software. All still incorporating examples and easy to follow tasks you can try on your own audio projects.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Getting started with Audacity 1.3
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Giving Your Audio Some Depth: Applying Effects
Toolbar, Menu, and Keyboard Shortcut Reference
Glossary of Terms

Distributing your podcast

There are any number of ways that you can post or offer your podcast to others. The easiest, if your file size is small (under 8 MB), is to just e-mail your audio file to a friend. Or you can store it on a portable USB drive to help transport it to another computer for another person to hear. However, typically you want a larger audience than your neighbor or family, which means that you'll need to find a way to broadcast the podcast or share it through the Internet or a free podcast library. We will outline the details of doing each of these options next.

Sending the file

If all you need to do is share your podcast with a select few (or even have an interviewee approve your podcast for broadcast) you can simply attach the MP3 file to an e-mail message in most mail programs and send the file directly. That is one of the advantages of using the MP3 format—the file sizes are typically small enough for e-mail servers to accept.

Uploading to a website

Often, podcasts are...