Launching in the winter of 2022/2023. The Audacity Channel podcast is a resource for podcasters, podcast editors, podcast producers, and ACX audiobook creators who use Audacity as their software of choice when creating spoken word recordings. We'll explore the ins and outs of Audacity via interviews with real-world Audacity podcasters and ACX audiobook narrators.
Lopsided Waveforms and DC Offset: One Of These Is Not Like The Other
I'm squeezing out another pre-launch episode to talk about asymmetric, or lopsided waveforms vs DC offset. Is a lopsided waveform the same as DC offset? I've noticed in some recent recordings I've done for a new online course I'm teaching that some of the waveforms are a little lopsided. This isn't usually a problem unless it's extreme where clipping could occur on one side of the waveform when applying gain or loudness normalization. For me, it was being caused by my dbx 286S audio processor in my recording chain. More specifically, it was being caused by activating the high-pass filter in the dbx 286S. I disabled the high-pass filter and it solved the problem. If you use the dbx 286S like I do and are seeing lopsided waveforms, this might be the solution you need.
Links talked about at the end of this episode:
The Audacity Bootcamp Online SchoolBeginning Audacity: Step-by-StepACX Audiobook Production Using AudacityHardware I used in this video (NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying Amazon purchases).
Audio-Technica ATR 2100 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone https://amzn.to/3Tx7UAADBX 286s Microphone Pre-Amp Processor https://amzn.to/3CMt4EVStarTech.com 4U 19″ Desktop Open Frame Rack https://amzn.to/3fWrE1EZOOM H6 All Black (2020 Version) Portable Studio https://amzn.to/3rIpfdl2022 MacBook Pro with an M1 Pro processor and 32 GB memoryAudacity Version 3.2.1
Audacity 3.2.1: FFMPEG Fix, Real-Time vs. Old School, and the Device Toolbar
Most of us are already aware that Audacity version 3.2.0 has been released but did you know that version 3.2.1 just came out? There wasn't much fanfare around its release because it's a patch release, but at least one of the fixes in this release is significant if you use Audacity on an M1 or M2 Mac like I do. The fix is in the ffmpeg library for MacOS running on an M1 or M2 processor. When 3.2.0 came out it had an issue with the previous ffmpeg libraries for M1 and M2 Mac users. The temporary fix was to download an x_86 version of Audacity 3.2.0 that would recognize the version of ffmpeg previously installed. Long story short, this has been resolved and starting with version 3.2.1 Audacity for Mac locates and installs the correct ffmpeg file. Here's the link I mentioned for more information:
Audacity 3.2.1 Bug Fixes and Minor Improvements.This is pre-release episode of The Audacity Channel podcast. The official launch will be in the winter of 2023 and coincide with the launch of The Audacity Bootcamp Online School for Podcasters and ACX Audiobook Narrators. For more information about the Audacity Bootcamp online school, visit:
The Audacity Channel Pre-Launch Announcement
The Audacity Channel will launch in the winter of 2022, coinciding with the official opening of the Audacity Bootcamp online school for podcasters and audiobook narrators. The strength of The Audacity Channel will be the conversations I have with other Audacity podcasters and audiobook narrators as we talk about real-life issues we face in using Audacity, the solutions we've found for resolving issues that arise, and unpacking the new features in Audacity 3.2 and higher. Along the way we'll be talking about recording environments, microphones, how and when to use different Audacity effects in post-production, and a host of other topics.
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