Audacity is an open-source tool that you can use to record your first episodes. The first thing that you need to do is check your settings to make sure that you’re using the right microphone for input. Make sure that it’s your podcasting mic, not the built-in mic on your computer.
If you open Audacity but haven’t plugged in your mic yet, you may have to plug it in and restart Audacity so that you can choose the correct mic in your settings.
Next, turn your input volume all the way up and hit the big red recording button. You should be able to see the wave forms that represent your voice. You can check the volume meter as you’re speaking: remember that it should be mostly green, occasionally edging into yellow, and rarely entering red.
Make sure that you’re sitting comfortably with your mic at mouth level, about a fist’s width away from your face, and with the POP filter between you and the mic.
To record a second track, simply hit record again and the program will open up a second track. That way, you can edit two tracks independently of each other. You can cut part of one track out without affecting the other and move the tracks so that they align correctly.
Takeaways From this Lesson:
- Audacity is open-source audio software that you can download and use for free
- Remember to check your mic and volume settings
- Position your mic and other equipment so that the mic is exactly at mouth level
- Practice recording and opening up a second track