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Monday, February 18, 2008

Video Tutorial I - Edit with Audacity!

If you can afford it, there's Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro), which brought non-linear digital audio editing to the masses of lowly radio producers and reporters in 1996. Radio hasn't been the same since... But it costs a bundle, now that it's part of the Adobe Creative Suite bundle...

For my students, I've posted this introductory video tutorial to basic recording and editing with the next best thing - Audacity. It's FREE software, almost every bit as powerful as a full-featured Adobe Audition version 1.5, and it's available for download at www.audacity.sourceforge.net/

Here's how to go about downloading Audacity version 1.2.6:

Now here's a short video tutorial on editing audio with Audacity:

For continued learning on Audacity download these handy guides to Audio Editing by Mindy McAdams, in Adobe Acrobat files (.pdf):

But wait! There's more! Transom.org, part website, part movement geared towards creating "New Public Radio" has a great tools section devoted to editing with Audacity. Click here: http://www.transom.org/tools/editing_mixing/200404.audacity.html

Read the basics about in this WikiPedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audacity

Another, more widely used, digital audio editing program is Adobe Audition, formerly known as Cool Edit. BBC Training has some excellent free online tutorials to this software, which must be purchased from Adobe.