Need to record some audio for a video, podcast, audio book, or other content? It doesn't have to be a technophobe's worst nightmare. In fact, I'm going to show you exactly how anyone can quickly and easily record and edit audio and get professional results.
I use a simple, free software called Audacity. And I'm definitely NOT a tech wizard. The key is to keep it simple and use a little advance planning.
Here's the video where I walk through a demo of how to use Audacity to record your audio and do a few important edits:
As a recap, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Download Audacity and open it up.
- Make sure you have a good microphone plugged into your computer and it's selected in the drop-down box.
- Have your notes or script ready to go.
- Hit the ‘record' button and wait for a couple seconds (to capture any background noise)
- Read or speak, making sure to pause wherever you know you'll need to cut something, or if you need to repeat something.
- Hit the ‘stop' button when you're done.
- Go back through your recording and cut out mistakes, ‘ums', deep breaths, or other unwanted bits.
- Highlight the blank space at the beginning and click on Effects > Noise Removal > Get Noise Profile.
- Go back and highlight the entire track. Then click on Effects > Noise Removal > Remove Noise
- Once you're happy with the entire recording, click on File > Export. Add any notes you want in the relevant spaces, such as author, title, and dates. Then save your new mp3 recording.
You now have a finished, publication-ready recording to use anywhere.
You can even do this for your audio in a presentation or training video. Just follow the steps in this blog post:
And remember, you can use this recording method with any of the content you purchase from Content Sparks!
Use your content as a script and record it as an audiobook, podcast, quick audio ‘tips' for clients, video audio content, and more.