How to Make a Podcast Using Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition is a widely-used software that delivers the tools you need for your video and audio productions. Here’s a video tutorial on how to make a podcast using Audition.

How To Embed Your Podcast Into Blogger

Today I’d like to share with all of you this great slideshow tutorial on embedding your podcast into a Blogger post. It covers steps starting from downloading the software to create an audio podcast up to the actual embedding of the code into the post.


This tutorial uses the program Audacity to edit the audio and then Lame MP3 to convert its file format but you can any other software for editing and conversion. If you’re new to sound editing, take time to familiarize yourself with it first to avoid confusion.

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The Audacity to Podcast

Category: podcast

 

Daniel J. Lewis hosts The Audacity to Podcast, the only podcast that regularly focuses on the software Audacity. The show features well-detailed tips and tricks on podcasting using Audacity and more.

Click on the image above to check out all the episodes!

 

AudioShell Tag Editor

 

 

                                                                                                                      

Need a tag editor for managing your music archive, as well as editing its information and inserting cover art? Then Audioshell is what you need.

AudioShell is a freeware MS Windows Explorer shell plugin that allows you to view and edit music file tags directly in Windows Explorer. It supports all major audio file formats: MP3 (all ID3v2 tag versions), WMA, AAC (M4A and M4P), MP4, OGG, FLAC, WAV, MPC, MP+, ASF and many more.

It supports full Unicode and adds a tag editor to the music file properties menu so you can easily edit tags by groups or file by file. Because it integrates with Windows shell, it is not a standalone application. You will need to open file properties and under the AudioShell Tag Editor tab, you can add other information like Title, Album name, Artist name, Genre, Track number and even insert a cover art image.

To insert a cover art image:

Simply click Add Cover to indicate the image file. It supports JPG and BMP formats. After inserting the cover art, click Apply to save the tag information.

Other added features:

  1. More language translations (Polish, English, French, Czech, Russian, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese)
  2. Fixed bug in m4a tags reading
  3. .m4v files extension support
  4. Support for cover art in flac files
  5. Wav files support
  6. Redesigned music properties tab

AudioShell is a useful tool for mp3 player owners, music aficionados and Windows-based podcasters because it lets you edit tags and makes all your music file collections organized before uploading them to your mp3 players like iPod.

Note: It works on Windows 2000/XP 32 bit systems.

Download it now!

Video Tutorial on Adding Vocal Effects with Mixcraft

Rick Osborn of RecordingWiz gives us a tutorial on how you can add vocal effects to your music/podcast recording especially if you’re doing a single vocal track. Mixcraft is an easy-to-use recording software lets you record audio, remix tracks, compose virtual instruments, score and edit, arrange loops, etc.  The podcast comes with a 10-minute long video and audio format.

Click on the image to launch the video podcast tutorial.

 

 

 

Spreaker App for Android

Sometime around late December of 2011, Spreaker already launched its free app for Android devices. Podcasters with Android smartphones can now broadcast live updates and share them on their social networking sites as well (it isn’t just for iOS device users anymore).

To those of you who are still unfamiliar with Spreaker, it is an online application for creating and sharing audio content across the Internet.

The app makes it easy to share audio content across social networks because it can connect with your Facebook and Twitter accounts so you can broadcast LIVE status updates! Your friends and followers can listen live or later as a podcast.

Android users click here.

iOS device users click here.

Better yet, simply visit their site  to learn more about how this cool tool can help you create your audio podcasts!

Editing Your Voice-Over

The most common question among first-time podcasters is how to process the record for better and professional-sounding voiceover. As long as you have a mic and clear voice delivery, you can use any DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) to meet your standards since they all basically have the same functions for editing.

Consider also the following:

  1. You should identify which audio part you would like to edit.
  2. Select that part.
  3. Edit the specific region of audio.
  4. Listen to the playback and choose the best takes and compile it into one.

 Finding the Room Tone

The location plays a vital role in recording a podcast. Find a room that has natural sound temperature so there would be good acoustics once you begin recording. You may require some editing and splicing works if sounds overlap.

Automatic Dialog Replacement (ADR)

ADR is re-recording specific lines that can’t be done in editing. To get the way you want it, retake the lines with the same tone and approach you did in the previous take, using the same mic setup so it will match the original.

 Editing Tools

There are many DAW’s on the market today and they all have same basic functions and tools so you can use any of these for editing. Just select the one that you’re comfortable working with.

 Selector

By clicking or dragging the cursor to the audio track waveform, it will select the range you want to edit.

 Grabber

It lets you move the audio region you want to edit into a new location by simple click-and-drag technique.

 Trimmer

It allows you to easily cut or expand the audio region. To shorten, click the cursor at the right or left of the region you wish to cut then drag it to the center – this will trim off the region until you release the mouse button. If you want to lengthen it, click the cursor on the edge of the region then drag it outwards. The more you drag it the more it expands until the region is restored to its original size.

 Zoomer

If you click on this tool, the cursor turns like a mini magnifying glass. It gives a greater detail of the track as you click and drag.

For a clearer voice quality output, you may also do these tips:

  1. Add a Noise Gate to remove unwanted noise while you record.
  2. Cut the lows and boost the highs in your EQ.
  3. Employ a light compression. A small amount can bring great output but don’t apply compression you don’t need it.
  4. To make sure that there’s no clipping, add a little limiting in the limiter, tweak the EQ and fine tune gate controls. They add extra volume that will definitely get the listeners’ attention.

Upgrade Your Podcast to Increase Your Audience

You’ve got your own podcasting platform, your listeners, and your topics. You may have been podcasting regularly, but with a few tweaks like those mentioned below, you can still upgrade your podcast quality – and perhaps increase your audience. At the very least, you can increase your existing audience’s interest in your material. Good luck!

1.       Microphone

Invest in a professional mic for better sound quality. There are a number of entry-level professional mics that provide smooth sound output yet won’t strain your budget. Besides, most of these models come from the same companies that produce pricier and high-end recording gear as alternatives to suit everyone’s needs and budget constraints.

2.       Music

Music adds more color and depth to your work. An intro and outro may sound professional but before you take on clips of your favorite song, be wary of copyright laws that cover it. You don’t want to get sued for copyright infringement right?

Instead of using label-owned music, you can use available soundtrack samples from recording software. You may want to check out Royalty Free Music, Freeplay Music , Music Bakery, and Shockwave for podcast-friendly music.

3.       Sound Adjustments

You should learn how to work with editing software. Invest time in it so you can have total control over factors like sound levels, dead air, speaker volume – left and right channel, sound output balance, fading in and out into your intro and outro soundtrack, etc. Good editing can greatly improve your work’s final output and make it sound professional. The same applies to creating videos for your podcast.

4.       Filtering

A microphone screen – or even a piece of nylon stocking stretched over a loop of wire – can help reduce and filter out unnecessary and annoying sounds like popping (loud P’s and B’s) and breathiness in your recordings. You may not notice your little exhalations when you speak, but your listeners can.

5.       A Dedicated Website

Move your podcast from a free service platform to your own blog site. Using a more dedicated website leaves a more professional and authentic impression on your listeners and visitors. Also, this gives you more freedom to include upcoming shows, iTunes subscription links, contact information, events, promos, free downloads, show notes and RSS, all of which can be very attractive to your existing and potential audience.

 

 

Using Audacity

Audacity is a free downloadable software which is used to record and edit audio material, available for both PC and Mac OS X. Many podcasters swear by this program because it’s user-friendly, versatile, and free.

For editing, you can:

1. Cut, Copy and Paste, Delete, Insert Silence, Duplicate and Split the audio files.

2.Apply the plugin effects to any part of your recording.

3. Customize playback rate on each tracks.

4. Align the audio segments.

The new version has fixed its bugs from the previous version. Its improvements are as follows:

1. Normalize preserves the left-right balance in stereo tracks by default and has an option to normalize stereo channels independently.

2. Spectograms allow window sizes to 32768 and frequencies to half the sample rate.

3. The Mix and Render function preserves the clip length by not rendering the white space before the audio starts and also preserves it before time zero.

4. CleanSpeech Mode is removed from Preferences, but you can still run or disable it in 1.3.14 by changing the Preferences in the previous version.

5. For OS X, there is added support for Audio Unit Music Effects but no MIDI support.

Check the site and download it HERE.

After you have downloaded Audacity, you need to set the Preferences before recording your project. This will ensure that the playback and sound source options are correctly set with the bit rate, quality indicators, etc.

Steps in Setting Preferences

1. Launch Audacity and go to Edit > Preferences.

2. From the Preferences dialog box, choose Audio I/O. This will tell where you will record your sound from and where to play it back.

3. From the dropdown menu under Playback, select the output device you would like to route your sound through. If you’re using an interface, you should install its driver and select it, but if you’re using your computer’s soundcard, then select it.

4. Under Recording > Device, select the sound source. If you’re only recording your voice, there’s no need to check the Record in Stereo box. Check it only if you’re recording music as well. You may also uncheck the ‘Play other tracks while recording new one’ check box.

5. Set the audio quality under the Quality tab. Set default sample rate at 44100 Hz for a good sound quality. The higher sample rate it is set, the better audio quality you’ll get but it will consume a large amount of file size. Leave the other settings at their default.

If you’re using the new version, it may look a little different, so here’s a screen shot. You can follow the steps above.

Set the channel to 1 Mono since Stereo will use up a large file size when saved.

You may also watch these video tutorials to learn more about Audacity:

Audacity Tools

Editing and Trimming

Adjusting Levels

Importing and Adding Music

Saving and Exporting into MP3

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