How to Improve Audio Quality with Audacity


Audacity is the perfect introduction to the world of editing audio. With Audacity, you can trim files to reduce their length, remove background noise, edit out silence, adjust volume and much more. Download Audacity here to get started. It’s simple to remove some of the ambient noise from your audio track using Audacity. In Audacity, you can do this by: Highlighting a section of recording where no deliberate sounds were made. Find out more about Audacity.

Best Practices for Voice-Over


Technology – Even if you don’t have an expensive microphone, consider using a simple pop filter to help reduce the popping sounds of words that start with “p” or “b”, or the hissing noise that comes with “s” There are many free audio recording tools on the market that can be used to record voice-over, but Audacity is our favorite one. Instructional Design Online Learning audacity audio narration pop filter voice over

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Podcasting for E-Learning: Setting Audacity Preferences

The E-Learning Curve

Setting Audacity Preferences on Your Computer Before beginning a recording project in Audacity, it's necessary to configure your version of Audacity’s preferences in the Edit Preferences dialog box. This ensures that the sound source and playback options are set correctly as well as bit-rate, quality indicators and so on. Follow this step-by-step procedure to configure Audacity for your computer and operating system. Sound Quality Tab.

Podcasting for E-Learning: Recording with Audacity

The E-Learning Curve

Having given you the ha'penny (or dime) tour of Audacity , it's time to talk about recording audio with a digital editor. Audio Production Process [Click to enlarge] And these are the steps in detail: Activity Requirement Audio source A Narrator Capture A Microphone Encoding Audio editing software Audacity Sound Forge WaveLab GarageBand Once you have your narration script, your mic, and your audio-enabled computer you may begin recording.

Podcasting for E-Learning: Audio Editing + Audacity

The E-Learning Curve

Previously in this series of E-Learning Curve Blog posts about Podcasting for E-Learning, I discussed downloading and installing the open source audio editor called Audacity. I chose Audacity because it’s free (as in speech), it’s available for Linux/Unix, Mac OS and various Windows operating systems, and most importantly, it’s a very impressive media editing tool.

Udemy for you and me

E-Learning Provocateur

In so doing, I created Audacity Crash Course and The Wide World of MOOCs. Another standard maintains that the lectures be 2-15 minutes in length on average “or appropriately long based on the instructional content” I ran afoul of this one when I published The Wide World of MOOCs because – as you can see on the landing page – most of my lectures are less than 2 minutes each, which I argued was instructionally sound in light of the nature of the content.

Demonstration: Editing an Audio File. Podcasting for E-Learning

The E-Learning Curve

Today's post is a demonstration outlining how to edit an audio file using the Audacity open-source non-linear sound editor. Next I described how the sound file was to be “cleaned up” by ensuring the file was: Topped & tailed Normalized NRed EQed Saved as an "_edit" version. Tags: audio editor Audio Audacity sound content production post-production podcast editing audio

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eLearning Voice Over Tip: How to Eliminate Background Noise

eLearning Brothers

Annoying background sounds in your eLearning voice over courses can be frustrating. Once you know how to do it, it will make your voice overs sound clean and professional. In my video, I’ll be using Adobe Audition and Audacity, which is a free tool. So if you don’t have Adobe Audition, you can watch the end of this video and see how you can use Audacity. Also, you can download Audacity here.

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Podcasting for E-Learning: Editing and Producing Podcasts

The E-Learning Curve

While there are many excellent commercial, free-to-use, and open source audio editing applications applications available, the editor I will talk about during this series is called Audacity. Audacity is an open source, easy-to-use multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to: Record live audio. Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files. Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.

A Recipe for Success: Recording Clear Audio for Your E-Learning Courses

E-learning Uncovered

1 software application for audio recording (such as WavePad , Audacity , or GarageBand ). The slightest movement of the microphone can make a huge difference in the sound quality. A microphone too far away will make it sound like you are in a tunnel. You get better breath support (and therefore a better audio sound) when you are standing. Don’t record audio when you have a cold—even if you think you sound great.

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How to Reduce Audio Noise in Your Recordings (For Free)

TechSmith Camtasia

How to Reduce Audio Noise in Audacity. If you aren’t looking to invest in high-end audio software, Audacity is a free piece of software created and maintained by a community of programmers and audio experts. More on that later… Here’s how it works: How to reduce audio noise in Audacity Select your room tone or silent section from your audio Drag your mouse over an area with no (or little) audio. It plays what the audio will sound like with noise removed.

Podcasting like a pro! (Part 2) – How to edit and publish your podcast recording


First step is to download Audacity & AoA Audio Extractor , and if you would like to use introductory and closing music you can find links to free resources in this post. Step 2: Familiarize yourself with Audacity by visiting any of the following. Audacity Quick Help (should be installed locally, internet version if it isn’t). Audacity Manual (should be installed locally, internet version if it isn’t). Use Audacity to import audio files & edit.

On camera

Learning with e's

Sound like an easy task? I only wish I could have got my hands on Flipcameras, Audacity and Moviemaker 25 years ago. Tags: video Moviemaker fieldtrip Audacity digital storytelling podcast visual media video podcast Back in 1985 (strewth, is it that long ago?) I started using video with groups of nursing students.

Daily Bookmarks 07/25/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Mark Siegriest is trying to find the best audio settings to balance sound quality and file size. tags: captivate , e-learning , audio , audacity. » Captivate Audio Output Settings Comparison - Part One - Encoding Bitrate. Results of an experiment on the encoding bitrate for Captivate. The most surprising finding in this is that at the lowest bitrates, the file size actually went up, not down. 32kbps was the smallest file size in his sampling.

Podcasting Equipment Setup and Software I use on the 10-Minute Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

NEEWER 6 inch Studio Microphone Mic round Shape Wind Pop Filter Mask Shield with Stand Clip – This gives one more layer of protection from those “plosives” (the nasty reverberating “p” sound that can really mess up a show. I’ve found that I get a truer sound that way. It makes for great sound. Audacity is a free, handy open source audio editing tool. Then, I export it and do some pre-editing in Audacity , which is free.

How to Record Voice Overs for eLearning (Part 1)

eLearning Brothers

There are several things you can do before, during, and after recording to make your voice overs for eLearning sound more professional in your courses. You don’t want the sound of turning pages in the middle of a sentence on your recording. This is probably the most important aspect to having a professional sounding voice over. Background noise and humming can cause voice overs to sound like they were recorded with a laptop microphone or worse.

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Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of

eLearning Brothers

Audacity. Audacity is a free eLearning tool that you can download and edit your audio. If your aim is to create instructionally sound courses and quizzes, then you’ll appreciate this eLearning management system. Guest post by Robert Morris. The upswing of the eLearning industry is showing no signs of slowing down.

What You Need to Know to Get the Best Audio

TechSmith Camtasia

If you’re recording with mobile devices or lower end cameras, they will most likely have very poor built-in mics that are designed to pick up a wide pattern of sound. For capturing location sounds, or dialog between 2 or more people, we recommend a shotgun mic. Caution though, shotgun mics are very directional, so you need to make sure you’re pointing the mic directly at the sound you want to pick up. The Science Behind Sound. Sound moves in waves.

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23 Free eLearning Resources Loved by L&D Teams

gomo learning

Continuing on the theme of saving eLearning designers time and money , the Gomo team has been sifting through the internet’s many libraries of free and open-source images, videos, sound files, fonts, templates, and software. Free Music and Sound Effects for eLearning Courses.

12 eLearning Audio and Video Tools

DigitalChalk eLearning

Audacity. Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. With Audacity, record live audio, cut, copy, or mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording, and more. When creating an online course, you often need to capture a live video, audio, or screen recording. We’ve narrowed it down to 12 great eLearning audio and video tools to help you get started easily. iMovie.

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How to Record Great Audio In Any Environment

TechSmith Camtasia

Not everyone will be fortunate enough to have a sound booth or an environment that is ideal for recording audio in, but you don’t have to let it ruin your videos. The sound that you make will actually bounce off those surfaces and go into your microphone. Not only do they cover hard surfaces but they also absorb some of the extra sounds. If you want something a little bit more professional you can add acoustic materials like a sound dampening panel or acoustic foam.

4 Tutorials to Help You Become an Audio Pro


No one wants to be responsible for producing great-looking training that sounds awful, but with training budgets being what they are these days it’s hard to justify the expense of high-quality, professionally recorded audio. Online Training Games: Sound effects can build a sense of urgency or simply enhance the excitement of games. As I said before, I’m no Jedi Master with audio (maybe a Padawan …), but even I can muddle my way through basic audio-editing using Audacity. .

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eLearning: When Should You Record Your Voiceover Audio?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

    I find that my "off-the-cuff" video demos sound more natural when I record my voice during the recording process. by Kevin Siegel      Adding voiceover audio to eLearning enhances the learner experience. And before you spend thousands of dollars hiring voiceover talent to record your audio, you should know: your voice is fine (nobody likes their own voice so trust me on this, yours will do nicely).

Fresh Finds

Mike Taylor

Sound Bible. Audacity. You may or may not have seen that Karl Richter and I have started an experimental monthly show that explores learning design and just about anything related to the tools and techniques for making it better. Karl captured our thinking very accurately in his newsletter. Our goal with this show is to share resources and joy. We both love our craft and want to infuse that into your work week, whether you’re watching live or in the archive.”.

7 Free Audio Editors for Your E-Learning Courses

Rapid eLearning

Audacity. Audacity is probably the most popular of the free audio editors. Here’s how Wavosaur describes the tool: “a cool free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Use it as a free mp3 editor, for mastering, sound design.”. Even though many elearning applications have their own audio tools, I usually don’t use them.

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Help! What software tool should I use to record audio?

360 Training

The visual representation of the sound will display as squiggles on the timeline. The louder the sound, the larger the squiggle. The visual representation of the sound will display as squiggles on the timeline. The louder the sound, the larger the squiggle. Audacity One of the most popular free tools is Audacity, which is available for download for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, in a variety of languages. The louder the sound, the larger the squiggle.

A Brief Guide to Using Voiceovers in E-Learning


Adding a voiceover to your e-learning course is not as easy as it sounds, however. People who are not used to doing voiceovers, for example, can sound wooden and unnatural. A script is very different from other forms of writing as it must sound natural and conversational. If you don’t have audio editing software, Audacity is free and well respected. Avoid large, cavernous rooms too as they can sound echoey. A Brief Guide to Using Voiceovers in E-Learning.

The Complete Guide to Doing Voice Overs Like a Pro

TechSmith Camtasia

If your voice over recording is fuzzy or muddy sounding, it will be difficult for people to understand. You want to be friendly and engaging, but not so much that you sound fake. No one wants to sound like a game show host. No one expects you to sound like a professional voice actor. How to not hate the sound of your own voice. We’re used to the rich, warm sound of our own voices in our own ears. So how do you stop hating the sound of your own voice?

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Essential Tools You Need to Record Audio for eLearning

JCA Solutions

The sounds we use make a difference. The professional voice actor, either male or female, has trained their voice to provide the right kind of sound. It saves time and makes it easier to keep the sound consistent. Audacity. Audacity is open source software, so it is essentially free. Like Audacity, it is basically free although you are asked to contribute or donate to keep development going. Soundproofing or Sound Box.

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20+ eLearning Tools and Resources

DigitalChalk eLearning

Audacity. Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. With Audacity, record live audio, cut, copy, or mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording, and more. Sometimes building online courses can be a little more difficult than it seems, so why not have one place you can go to find the resources and help you need?

How to Record High Quality Audio for E-Learning

E-learning Uncovered

We all recognize the sound of poor quality audio when we hear it. The clothing will help dampen outside sounds and echoes. When evaluating a potential recording environment, close your eyes and listen to the ambient sounds. You’ll be surprised at what sounds you discover that you didn’t realize may be a potential issue. Even small changes to your environment can result in inconsistencies in the sound of your audio. Sound Forge.

How To: Creating the Mindflash Example Course


There are a myriad of ways to put together a great training video, but I wanted to take you through how we do this at Mindflash to give you some insight on how to get great sounding audio for your voice overs and compelling screen captures and video. It is a great high-quality mic and will give you a natural sounding result. Audio Accessories: Pop Screen, Sound Shield, Mic Stand. Sound Shield. There are many choices when it comes to sound editing software.

How to Successfully Add Music to Your Videos

TechSmith Camtasia

Voice Over Tip: Make your voice sound better and cut through the background music with ease by adding some extra EQ, compression and normalization to it. These tips could also easily be applied in free audio editing software such as Audacity. Here’s Where To Find Good Royalty-Free Music and Sound Effects. If you’re in need of some free sound effects there’s an awesome catalogue of them online to use completely royalty-free under the CC0 license.

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Adobe Captivate 4 Audio Editing: Shhhhhh! I Mean Speak Up!

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

At this point, you'll need to experiment a bit to come up with a volume that sounds the best to you. Of course, I'd be remiss if I failed to mention that the features you will find in dedicated audio-editing programs like Adobe Soundbooth or Audacity are light-years better than the options you will find in Captivate, but it's nice to know what you can accomplish without leaving Captivate.

What is the Best Microphone?

TechSmith Camtasia

Kathy Sierra has a great blog post on the effect of sound on users that you can read here. We used Audacity to record the audio at 44,100Hz. Ever heard the saying, ‘Audio is King’? One of the most difficult parts of a video is getting quality audio, in my opinion. And, there have been studies that show that the quality of your audio affects your audience’s perception of the quality of your presentation more than the visuals.

Prepare better for lightning talks

Learning Rocks

I've created a sound track that is simply timed to match the timings for Ignite and PK, 15 seconds or 20 seconds a slide respectively. They are first drafts really - I want to add something as a backing track to cover the silence, and perhaps revoice them with someone better sounding than me. >> Download 5 minute Ignite audio template (mp3) >> Download 6 min 40 second PK audio template (mp3) For the record, they were produced with the ever helpful Audacity

9 Free Tools That Help Me Build Better E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Audacity. Audacity is an open source audio editor. There are also times I like to layer my narration with ambient sound or different effects. That’s easy to do with Audacity. Click here for Audacity tutorials. I get a lot of questions from blog readers who are on a limited budget. They want to know about free tools that they can use to build their elearning courses. In this economy, the question probably means more than it did a couple of years ago.