Setting up your mic
1st step: Change computer's sound system settings so it recognizes your microphone!
- Click windows’ button on the bottom left of your screen and open up settings
- Type in “sound” in the search bar and click on “change system sounds”
- Under “playback” choose “Speakers” and under “recording” choose whichever mic you are recording from. (The mic at the computer is SL-AR8 Mic/Line 5/6)
*There is a volume bar next to all the “SL-AR8 Mic” options, so just speak into whichever mic you are recording from to know which “Mic/Line” option to chose.
2nd step: You are now ready to open up Audacity!
- If it's not on your desktop, hit windows’ button on the bottom left of the screen and open up “file explorer”.
- click on “Computer W14122” -> “OS Disk (C:)” -> “Program Files (x86)” -> “Audacity” -> “audacity.exe” (click and drag “audacity.exe” to desktop to create shortcut)
3rd step: Change preferences in Audacity so it recognizes your microphone.
- Click on “edit” on the top left, and go to preferences. (ctrl + p)
- Under “host” it should say “MME”, for “playback device” use “Microsoft Sound Mapper”
- For “recording device” also use “Microsoft Sound Mapper” which works for all the mics. Also Make sure that “channels” is on “1 (Mono)”
Recording & Editing in the Podcast studio
1st step: Recording
- To begin recording, click the red circular record button. Press “spacebar” to stop the recording.
- Raise the “gain” on the left hand side of the audio clip to increase volume if necessary.
2nd step: Editing your audio clips
- To move audio clips in your arrangement, use the “Time shift tool”, which looks like this “←→”, and is to the right of the zoom tool (a magnifying glass).
- To trim your audio clips use the “multi-tool mode” which looks like an asterix, and is to the right of the time shift tool. The multi-tool mode enables you to highlight your audio clips. Once highlighted it then gives you access to the tools to the right of the multi-tool button, including the “cut”, “copy”, “paste”, “trim audio”, and “silence audio” tools which you can use to further edit your clip.
3rd step: Exporting your file into a WAV or MP3
- When you wish to export your project, click on File → Export Audio… (Ctrl + Shift + E)
- Name your file and it will by default export as a WAV file, but if you want to change it to an MP3, click on “save as type” and change it from WAV to MP3. For your reference, a WAV file is a large format file that is good to edit in other AV projects (podcasts, videos, or art projects), while MP3s are compressed files meant to be played on many types of devices.