New at the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast: Starting a Podcast? What Do You Need and How Much Will It Cost?

Welcome to episode 18 of the Audacity Bootcamp podcast. Are you thinking about starting a podcast? What kind of hardware and software will you need and how much is it going to cost? Do I need to sink hundreds of dollars into microphones and other hardware? Do I need to spend thousands of dollars on a studio quality room? How about software training? Am I facing a huge expenditure for software training? These are great questions that need to be asked when taking on any new project and podcasting is no exception. It’s also the subject of this podcast episode. Links to things I talk about in this episode:

You’ll find me online at First Person Audio: https://firstpersonaudio.com/

This podcast is at https://audacitybootcamp.libsyn.com/ 

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Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced

Welcome to episode 12 of The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. This episode is a shameless plug for my online, on-demand video course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced. If you’re interested in diving deep into Audacity and learning things about Audacity that will give you advanced editing skills and techniques, in addition to greater confidence with Audacity, consider enrolling in my course. It’s 6+ hours of video instruction that, like the title suggests, will take you from beginning concepts to advanced topics that can be hard to find elsewhere. Plus, I’ve priced it incredibly low on purpose to fit any budget.

Want to know more? Push Play and listen in. You’ll find the course by visiting:

There’s a complete outline of the course there as well as several of the videos you can preview so you can make an informed decision.

You’ll also find me online at https://audacitybootcamp.com and there are links there to every resource I have on Audacity.

-Enjoy!

Audacity Purchased by Newly-Formed Muse Group

Welcome to episode 11 of The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. 

“We’re scared and excited. We hope you are too.”

-AudacityTeam

Those are the closing words on the Audacity Team’s announcement of the recent acquisition of Audacity by the newly-formed Muse Group. The deal to purchase Audacity was announced on April 30th. The financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. With this acquisition, changes on the horizon for Audacity include:

  1. Non-destructive editing via stackable Virtual Studio Technology (VST) effects.
  2. An updated user interface that includes a non-Windows 95 appearance and feel.

As part of this announcement, Muse Group (https://mu.se) vows to keep Audacity open source and free.

In this episode, I share with you a couple of online articles concerning this purchase. One thing is certain; the future of Audacity means change. Here’s hoping it’s change in the right direction for us podcasters.

Links in this episode:

You can find me online at https://audacitybootcamp.com with links there to my YouTube channel, Facebook page, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced, and this podcast.

-Enjoy!

What’s Apple Doing With Our Podcasts?

What’s Apple doing with our podcasts? I’ve had some weird experiences with Apple on my podcasts these last few days. I updated my iPhone to iOS 14.5 (I probably should have waited) and weird things started happening. Here’s today’s episode of The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast where I vent a little about the weird happenings with Apple over the last few days, and my mysterious missing episode.

Today on the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast: My Podcasting Hardware

Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I’m always curious about what others use for their podcast setup. I’ve watched countless videos and listened to a lot of podcasts by podcasters who’ve taken the time to talk about the recording hardware and software they use to record and edit their show. It’s like peeking inside their recording environment and I always benefit from hearing about what others are doing. So I thought I would make one of those episodes too.

My recording setup has changed a lot over the years to the simple and uncomplicated setup I use today. I started with a laptop and builtin microphone and then I went from there to buying various USB and XLR mics, mixers, and pre-amps that I used for a while but ended up selling most of them because I couldn’t find that one magic configuration that seemed to fit me. Then a few years ago, I purchased my Zoom H6 and started building my recording environment around it.

Today, my Zoom H6 is at the center of my podcast recording and Audacity is my software of choice for post production editing. It’s a simple, uncomplicated setup that produces great audio consistently. Here are the links to what I talk about in this episode:

Thanks for listening!

Today on the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast: What’s the Difference Between Loudness and Volume?

Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I teach podcast courses on Audacity and a question that comes up frequently has to do with the difference beween loudness (LUFS) and volume. It can be a challenge to wrap our brains around, but there is a difference.

The bottom line is that loudness is digitally embedded in the waveform as part of our editing. When I level a piece of audio to a LUFS level, I’m manipulating the waveform to adjust it to a consistent loudness end-to-end, eliminating extreme peaks and valleys in the loudness and creating a more consistent listening experience. This reduces or eliminates the need for the listener to chase the volume up or down while listening because the loudness has been leveled. The listener can’t adjust the loudness because they can’t get to the waveform to manipulate it. But you and I can as editors. Let’s talk…

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