Audacity is a free sound recording and editing utility installed on the

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USING AUDACITY IN THE GLOBAL STUDIO (MAC)
Audacity is a free sound recording and editing utility installed on the computers in
the Global Studio. You can use Audacity to record your own voice and to edit audio
files.
If you have a microphone on your own computer, you may install and use Audacity;
it is free. Please ask for the Using Audacity document to learn how to do this.
Before opening Audacity, go to the Mac menu bar and use the
SoundSource widget to configure your input and output devices. On the
iMacs, use C-Media USB Audio Device; on the Mac towers, use Logitech USB
Headset (black headset) or C-Media USB Audio Device (tan headset) or the
Logitech desktop microphone (AK5370). NOTE: Make sure to
turn on the volume using the sliders.
Open Audacity by clicking the Audacity icon in the Mac’s dock.
To Record a File
1. Put on the headset with the microphone in front of your mouth. (If you have
trouble hearing yourself or nothing records, you should make sure that the USB
plug of the microphone is firmly connected to a USB port on the back of the
computer.)
2. Go to Audacity > Preferences > Devices and make sure the device you are
using (see above) is listed for both Recording and Playback. For voice recording,
the 1 (Mono) setting is fine. Click OK.
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3. To hear yourself as you record, go to Audacity > Preferences > Recording.
For best results, check the Software Playthrough box. Make sure the
Overdub… box is not checked. Click OK.
4. Check the input level of the
microphone in the main Audacity
window.
5. Make sure the microphone is working:
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When you click the red circle to record and then speak, you should see
something other than a straight blue line. Stop recording and play back
what you have done. You should hear yourself.
6. When you are certain everything is working, go to File > New and click the red
circle to record.
7. Click the blue double lines to pause.
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Choose to pause rather than stop if you want to interrupt your recording
and think. Click the pause button again to re-start the recording.
8. Click the yellow square to stop.
9. Click the green arrow to play back your file. The volume control of the headset
is on the headset cord. You cannot listen to your recording while it is paused.
Finish your entire recording before listening.
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For each new recording, open a new project by going to File > New. You
may open as many new projects as you like. However, you should save your work,
since clicking Close will sometimes close the application, and you will lose your
work.
To Save Your Files
Remember: ALL FILES ON A STUDIO COMPUTER WILL BE ERASED WHEN
THE COMPUTER IS REBOOTED.
The best way to save your finished files is to export them as MP3s and
save them in your Netfiles space. Other formats may be too large to store
on the network or e-mail.
1. First, save your project from File > Save Project. This will create a file with an
.aup extension and a folder with [name of project]_data. These can be opened
and edited in Audacity. (When a warning box appears, click OK.)
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YOUR FILE
NAMES
SHOULD
HAVE NO
SPACES OR
ACCENTS.
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ADVICE: Save
your files to the Desktop of the Studio computers, then move the MP3s to
your Netfiles drive. Do this even if you have uploaded the file to Blackboard
or e-mailed it to your professor.
2. Second, export your file as an .mp3 from File > Export.
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Make sure you choose to
save to the Desktop. If you
see a red circle on the
Desktop folder, you need to
select Desktop from the
pull-down menu.
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Make sure you choose MP3 Files as the Format:
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When you see the Edit Metadata window, click OK.
3. Find the MP3 file on the Studio computer. Make sure you can play back the file
by double-clicking it (to open iTunes) or right-clicking to choose to open it with
VLC.
4. Save the MP3 file to Netfiles. You don't need to save the .aup and DATA files.
Once you have the MP3, you can upload it to Blackboard, post it on the web, or use it
however you need.
If you have any problems, ask a Studio Assistant for help.
Troubleshooting
If you are having trouble recording, make sure that the input level is set (see picture
on page 2). Sometimes, when using the Califone (tan) headsets, pushing
the record button for the first time resets the input level to zero. Stop
recording, reset the level, and try again to record.
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