Perhaps some will want to know this..

After seeing this page, Colin in the UK asked me more details about our recording techniques, I’d thought I’d include a summary of my response here…

Audacity (almost any audio editing software, actually ) has a steep learning curve at the beginning.. At first, I simply went for “Ok, how would I do this on tape?”- style multi-tracking. As I get more used to the software, I’m using more of the “digital” features, things like envelopes, automatic crossfading, etc..

I actually use Audacity to record the voice track as well.. I start with an empty project, make sure my inputs are setup ok (Line-in for me, since I’m coming in off a mixer- if you only had a microphone it would be mic-in ) .. and hit ‘record’. it automatically creates new tracks each time you hit record.

I import the music directly into it (using import audio), then I slide the tracks around as needed to make the mix. Once it’s all done, and I can play the whole thing through and like it, I use the ‘export to MP3’..

As far as a setup goes, you’re only limited by your budget! Some are doing really good sounding podcasts using nothing more than a $20 microphone and the computer. Others, are investing heavily is gear… Myself, I’ll keep using my old studio gear, and see where that brings us..

Here are some tutorials I’ve used…

http://audacity.sourceforge.net/manual-1.2/tutorials.html
http://cpt.kcdc.ca/cmat/Audio/audacitytutorial.htm

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