Audacity tutorial Mac

June 23, 2016
Audacity tutorial so set up

Computer recording setupAudacity is an amazing program, but the price tag is even better.

Podcasters like you - beginners and pros alike - can use Audacity to edit your podcast to make it sound professional and help you captivate listeners.

Despite Audacity’s strong points, sometimes it isn’t the most intuitive program. Though, after you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll see that the features make it worth the learning curve.

Now, before we start remember, remember to save a copy of your podcast before you import it into Audacity.

#1: Get Audacity to recognize your mic

The show can’t start unless your recording program recognizes your microphone. Here are the step-by-step instructions to get Audacity connected to your mic:

Setup microphone in AudacityOn a Mac (OS X)

  1. Go to system preferences from the little Apple logo at the top left of your desktop.
  • Click on Sound.
  • Click on the Input tab, and select the microphone you are using from the available options.
  • Finally, adjust the input volume levels as necessary.
  • Open Audacity on your Mac.
  • Make sure that Audacity is set up to recognize your microphone.
  • Click Audacity in the main menu then Preferences.
  • Click Devices, and make sure that the selected microphone (Under Recording > Device) is set for your microphone.
  • Note: If you turn on Audacity before plugging in your microphone, Audacity won’t be able to see it. Make sure to plug in your recording device first, and then turn on the program.
  • Now test your microphone by pressing the record button and recording a quick audio snippet.Set up microphone input in Audacity It can be something random like “Buzzsprout provides the best customer support in the industry” or something like that. :)

In Windows:

  1. First, get Windows to recognize your microphone.
  • Go to the control panel and access sound settings.
  • Click on “change system sounds or manage audio devices”.
  • Select your microphone under audio input devices.
  • Check and adjust audio input properties to improve sound quality, by adjusting levels.
  • Open Audacity
  • Go to the Edit menu.
  • Check your Preferences and Settings for Audio I/O.
  • Make sure that the selected microphone (recording device) is set for your microphone.
  • Note: If you turn on Audacity before plugging in your microphone, Audacity won’t be able to see it.Set up microphone input in Audacity 2 Make sure to plug in your recording device first, and then turn on the program.
  • Now test your microphone by pressing the record button and recording a quick audio snippet.

#2 Using pop filters

Recording a studio-quality podcast is easier than you think. The first step is using a good pop filter. These simple devices improve your sound quality by limiting the ‘pop’ sound and excessive puffs of air (plosives) your voice makes when you speak naturally.

Some podcasters speak into the side of their mic to minimize noise, but a pop filter is an economical option that will give you great results.

How to use your pop filter:

  1. Choose a good NYLON pop filter. Metal ones are out there, but not as effective. Expect to pay roughly $25. You don’t want to use a windscreen as a pop filter - they aren’t the same.
  2. Attach the filter following the manufacturer’s directions.
  3. Speak into the mic - not to the side of it. Try to remember to reign in your ‘p’s, ‘b’s, and ‘d’s. No matter how good your pop filter is, those sounds may get past it.

Set up microphone input in Audacity 3 Testing microphone in Audacity Using pop filter for recording a podcast Perfecting your podcast sound

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