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Audacity Bootcamp

Mike Adams

The Audacity Bootcamp is a podcast for podcasters and ACX audiobook narrators who use Audacity. You'll find it to be a resource for creating exceptional audio for podcasts, audiobooks, and videos. You'll find helpful topics relevant and useful to podcast, audiobook, and video editors who use Audacity as their audio editing platform. My name is Mike Adams and I’m currently a podcast and video host, editor, and producer, as well as an audiobook narrator. My audio recording and production experience began in the mid-1990s and my podcasting career launched in March of 2015. I am not affiliated with Audacity or the Audacity Team in any official way. I am an independent audio/video nerd who uses Audacity for audio production. The methods, processes, and opinions expressed in this podcast are my own.

Understanding Sample Rates, Bit Depth, and Bit Rates in Audacity
Jun 12 2022
Understanding Sample Rates, Bit Depth, and Bit Rates in Audacity
Computers can't do anything with analog audio. In order for your computer to do anything with the audio you record, that audio has to first be converted into a digital format. Some sort of device has to be connected between your microphone (if that's what you're using to record) and your computer that converts the analog sound waves from your voice into a digital version of those same sound waves. If you're using a USB mic to record, that conversion takes place inside the mic. The USB mic itself has analog-to-digital conversion electronics built in to it that convert your voice to a digital version and then sends that version to your computer where Audacity (or any DAW) recognizes it and knows what to do with it.If you're using an analog microphone (any XLR-connected mic is an analog mic) you'll need to plug it into an audio interface unit (like a Scarlett Solo or something similar) and that audio interface unit converts the analog audio from your XLR mic into a digital equivalent and sends that digitally sampled audio into your computer where Audacity displays it back to you as a digital representation of your recorded audio. From there, you can manipulate it in post production to add effects, etc.In this podcast, I talk about 3 things related to digital audio:Sample RatesBit DepthBit RatesHere's the link to the video on this topic that I mention in this episode:VIDEO: Audacity Sample Rates and Bit Depth My setup for this episode:Audacity version 3.1.32017 MacBook ProZoom H6 Audio Recorder/InterfaceSYNCO D2 Hyper Cardioid Directional Condenser Shotgun Mic Find me online at
New Course Announcement: ACX Audiobook Production Using Audacity (016)
Oct 27 2021
New Course Announcement: ACX Audiobook Production Using Audacity (016)
I have been buried these last couple of months with creating a new online, on-demand video course called ACX Audiobook Production Using Audacity. I'm happy to say that this shiny new course has been rolled out onto the showroom floor as of this morning and it's ready for public consumption. Here's a feel for some of the topics in this new course:The ACX Requirement for Room ToneThe ACX Standard for Noise FloorThe ACX Standard for File SizeThe ACX Standard for RMS LoudnessThe ACX Standard for Sample RateHow to set Audacity Preferences for ACX audiobook recordingSimple definitions of Noise Floor, Sample Rate, RMS Loudness, and Bit RateHow to fix narration mistakes as they happen using Punch and Roll RecordHow to apply Equalization and whenHow to apply CompressionHow to level your audio using RMS Loudness to meet ACX requirements for RMSHow to apply the Limiter effect to meet ACX standardsHow to apply the De-Clicker effect to reduce/remove mouth soundsThe importance of running Audacity's ACX Check PluginHow to build and run a Macro to automate our processHow to clean up breath sounds using Punch Copy/PasteHow to clean up breath sounds using AttenuationContent editing and final MP3 exportHow to meet the ACX requirements for MP3 file size and bit rateThe course consists of 19 videos, 8 practice assignments, 9 downloadable resources, and 5 quizzes to track your progress. We don't cover things like mic technique, mic placement, vocal technique or inflection, or room conditioning like soundproofing, etc. There are unlimited resources for those important subjects out there and I supply you with the links to several in the last lecture. Instead, we stay fixed on Audacity and how to make it work for us in producing great audiobooks that will pass ACX's requirements. We don't venture into 3rd party software or 3rd party plugins or effects. Instead, I show you how to create exceptional audiobooks for free, using Audacity. Here's the 50% off link to the course I mention in this episode. That's only $12.99 and the link is good for 30 days!ACX Audiobook Production Using AudacityHere are the links to my two other courses I mentioned:Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to AdvancedZoom H6 Audio Recording Essentials-Enjoy!
What It's Like Being an Introvert With a Podcast (014)
Aug 19 2021
What It's Like Being an Introvert With a Podcast (014)
Here's some techy stuff for you: I recorded this episode using my Rode NT1 condenser mic recording into my Zoom H6. I did the editing and post production in GarageBand using the Waves NS1 Noise Supressor Plugin, along with Graphic EQ and a Limiter set to -1dB. I exported it from there as a WAV file and leveled the audio to -19 LUFS with a true peak of -2dB in my Auphonic Desktop App. From there I exported it as a mono MP3 to my audio host.I've been giving a lot of thought to why I podcast and that's the topic in today's episode. I'm an introvert (sometimes extremely so) and as of this recording I have 3, count 'em, THREE podcasts. if you are into the enneagram, you should know that I am a 9. Not only that, but I'm a social 9. That means that even though I am an introvert who is sometimes happiest in a quiet room with no one around, I also have something in me that makes me want to be around people. It's like a cruel joke at times.I'm a bit of an anomaly to some and maybe just plain weird to others because I seldom do the things that I'm told I need to be doing in order to be successful as a podcaster or video producer. But I'm ok with not doing those things or not being that person because I don't podcast in order to be a huge success that everyone is talking about. I podcast because I find it therapeutic and calming to be alone in a quiet, mostly dark room (except when I'm recording a video - then the room is well lit) talking into a microphone with no one else there. It's good therapy for me. It's my therapy session for the day. I love doing that, even if no one listens or follows. I'm thankful that I have an income that's not tied to my podcasting or video production because if that weren't the case I would have to monetize myself and what I do and I know that I wouldn't be any good at that. Here are some links I talk about in this episode.Typology: An Enneagram Podcast -  First Person Audio Website:  First Person Audio YouTube Channel:  Rode NT1 Condenser Mic Kit (Affiliate Link):   Zoom H6 Recorder (Affiliate Link):  -Enjoy!
What's New in Audacity 3.0.0? Project Backups and File Structure (004)
Apr 5 2021
What's New in Audacity 3.0.0? Project Backups and File Structure (004)
Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. Let's talk about 2 new features in Audacity 3.0.0. The first one I talk about is project backups. This is a powerful tool that's new in version 3.0.0. At any point while working on a project we can now save a backup copy of it. 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, like my program crashing. It also gives me a quick way to share my project with someone else while continuing to work on the original file. This is a great feature! Another new feature in Audacity 3.0.0 is in the file structure and naming convention. The old file folder that carried all the information about my project is no more! Now Audacity saves my project as one file with a .aup3 file name extension. All of the project information is in that one file, eliminating the need for that file folder that previous versions of Audacity always saved, along with my project file. This has resulted in Audacity running faster (at least on my computer) and it makes sharing or moving projects much simpler. Links I talk about in this episode:Video: Project BackupsVideo: File Names/StructureAudacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced is my on-demand video lecture series on Audacity for podcasters. It consists of 6+ hours of video instruction aimed at podcasters who use Audacity.Audacity Bootcamp YouTube Channel is another resource I've created for podcasters using AudacityThe Audacity Bootcamp Facebook page. This page is fairly new but in many ways it's a mirror of what I'm doing elsewhere.The Audacity Bootcamp Website. This is the centerpiece of the Audacity Bootcamp where information, resources, and links to everything Audacity Bootcamp reside.Thanks for joining me on this new podcast venture!