Resources for the Audacity podcast editor, the Audacity Bootcamp podcast is an extension of my on-demand video course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced. This podcast consists of tutorials and conversations relevant to podcast editors and producers who use Audacity as their audio editing software.
I’m currently a podcast host, editor, and producer and I’ve used Audacity my entire podcast career. My audio recording and production experience began in the mid-1990s with a pro audio software called Cakewalk. While I've always dabbled with Audacity since its introduction 20+ years ago, I started podcasting in a serious, consistent, and professional way in March of 2015.
What's the Difference Between Loudness and Volume?
Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I teach podcast courses on Audacity and a question that comes up frequently has to do with the difference beween loudness (LUFS) and volume. It can be a challenge to wrap our brains around, but there is a difference.
The bottom line is that loudness is digitally embedded in the waveform as part of our editing. When I level a piece of audio to a LUFS level, I'm manipulating the waveform to adjust it to a consistent loudness end-to-end, eliminating extreme peaks and valleys in the loudness and creating a more consistent listening experience. This reduces or eliminates the need for the listener to chase the volume up or down while listening because the loudness has been leveled. The listener can't adjust the loudness because they can't get to the waveform to manipulate it. But you and I can as editors. Let's talk...
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What's New in Audacity 3.0.0? Macro Export, Import, and Comments
Today, let's talk about the new macro features in Audacity 3.0.0. I've started using macros to run repetitive commands within Audacity and it's a real time saver. Unlike Office programs like Word or Excel, where you can record mouse clicks to create a macro, you have to build macros manually in Audacity. But once they're built, it's a pretty sweet feature.
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What's New in Audacity 3.0.0? Project Backups and File Structure
Let's talk about 2 new features in Audacity 3.0.0. The first one is project backups. This is a powerful tool that's new in version 3.0.0. The backup copy is a snapshot of the entire project at that moment in time. This gives me a quick and easy way to retrieve the last saved version of my project should something go wrong. The second one is the naming convention and file structure. There are big changes there that you need to know. See more info in the full description.
The Noise Gate in Audacity 3.0.0 Is Broken!
The noise gate in Audacity version 3.0.0 doesn't work. It's broken. It looks like it works, but it doesn't. There's a promised fix pending in the upcoming version 3.0.1 but until then, there is no noise gate in 3.0.0. See full description for more...
Why You Should Always Press Z While Editing
Did you know it's a good idea to press Z on your keyboard while editing your podcast? Pressing Z invokes the Zero Crossing Tool and it's something that should be done every time you have a section of audio highlighted, but before you edit that section. See full description for more details.
Introduction to the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast
This Audacity Bootcamp is an online resource for Audacity podcast editors. Please subscribe to this podcast so you never miss an episode. See full description for details.