Install Audacity on your computer. Download Audacity here: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/.
Installing Audacity is pretty straightforward. The only thing that gets a little tricky is installing the LAME (yes, that’s it’s real name!) encoder for mp3s. These videos will help you out.
Set up Audacity.
· Open up a new project (Audacity will do this automatically when you open it), and save it by choosing File > Save Project As, and saving it to the location of your choice.
· Make sure your playback and recording device are set. If you’re going to record a stereo signal, set the number of channels to record to 2 (Stereo) on the Audio I/O preferences, which can be found on Audacity > Preferences. See “Details” for a definition of “stereo” as we use it here.
When picking a device to record from, make sure you’ve set up all the connections properly, such as plugging a microphone in to the Mic Input, and any other device in to the Line In of your sound card. Then check that the gain level knob (the amount by how much the input should be amplified) of the mixer of your soundcard is set right.
Since most soundcards can mix the inputs back in to the outputs, the easiest way to test your microphone is to speak in to it while playing with your sound card mixer. The sound card mixer is a piece of software either provided by the sound card maker, or by the operating system you’re using. The Windows mixer is pretty straight forward, though some soundcards bring their own along. The Mac’s mixer is controlled via the Sound Control Panel, and the Linux users have a variety of mixer applications at their disposal. Just make sure they work before yelling at your screen that nothing works.
Make a basic recording in Audacity.
Click on the red Record button
to begin recording.
Click on the blue Pause button
to pause the recording. Press it again to continue.
Click on the yellow Stop button
to stop recording. The cursor will return to its previous position, before the recording was started.
Remember that you can use the Undo function, or CTRL+Z almost without limits while the project is open.
Save your recording and upload it to this activity on FreshBrain. Choose File > Export and save your recording as an mp3. Now upload your recording to FreshBrain so that we can hear your work! Be sure to keep your project file so that you can use it for the next activity in this learning path.