Welcome to this 5th episode of the recently launched Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. Today, let’s talk about the new macro features in Audacity 3.0.0. I’ve started using macros to run repetitive commands within Audacity and it’s a real time saver. Unlike Office programs like Word or Excel, where you can record mouse clicks to create a macro, you have to build macros manually in Audacity. But once they’re built, it’s a pretty sweet feature.
Audacity macros aren’t new to this version of Audacity but the ability to import and export them is. This means that macros can now be easily shared. In addition, you can now put comments inside a macro to explain a step or describe the macro. These are great features if you use macros like I do. Let’s talk.
Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. Let’s talk about 2 new features in Audacity 3.0.0. The first one I talk about is project backups. This is a powerful tool that’s new in version 3.0.0. At any point while working on a project we can now save a backup copy of it. The backup copy is a snapshot of the entire project at that moment in time. This gives me a quick and easy way to retrieve the last saved version of my project should something go wrong, like my program crashing. It also gives me a quick way to share my project with someone else while continuing to work on the original file. This is a great feature!
Another new feature in Audacity 3.0.0 is in the file structure and naming convention. The old file folder that carried all the information about my project is no more! Now Audacity saves my project as one file with a .aup3 file name extension. All of the project information is in that one file, eliminating the need for that file folder that previous versions of Audacity always saved, along with my project file. This has resulted in Audacity running faster (at least on my computer) and it makes sharing or moving projects much simpler.
Welcome to the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. The noise gate in Audacity version 3.0.0 doesn’t work. It’s broken. It looks like it works, but it doesn’t. There’s a promised fix pending in the upcoming version 3.0.1 but until then, there is no noise gate in 3.0.0.
If there’s an upside, it’s that the Attack Time has been separated out from the Decay Time. In previous versions, the Attack/Decay time was bundled together in one setting. In this new version, they have been separated out and each can be adjusted independent of the another. Plus, the Attack time can now be set as low at 1ms. Previously, it could only go as low as 10ms. This is a great enhancement for the noise gate. Now we just need it to work.
I have a video illustrating this that shows this setting change and how you can tell the noise gate doesn’t work in 3.0.0. Here’s the link if you would like to watch it.
The rumors are true! The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast is live – 3 days early. Originally scheduled for the 5th of April, it’s out now. It was approved by Apple Podcasts in less than 24 hours which put the whole process into high gear and enabled me to get it published a few days early. If you would like to subscribe, it’s available on your favorite podcast app including iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Audible. You can also listen on the web by visiting the podcast website. I hope you’ll check it out and subscribe.
Are you interested in going deeper with Audacity? My online, on-demand video course, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced, will take you beyond the basics of Audacity and into advanced topics podcasters need to know.
Did you know it’s a good idea to press Z on your keyboard while editing your podcast? Pressing Z invokes the Zero Crossing Tool and it’s something that should be done every time you have a section of audio highlighted, but before you edit that section. For example, if you’re going to amplify, delete, attenuate, or insert silence in section of audio, it’s a good practice to press Z once you’ve highlighted the audio, before amplifying, deleting, attenuating, or inserting silence. Doing so will help ensure that the ends of your selection will move slightly to the quiet spot or zero line in your waveform (the zero crossing). This helps eliminate pops that can be created during these edits.
My rule of thumb is to always press Z after I highlight a section of audio, before doing the edit. Here’s the link to the Zero Crossing Tool video I mentioned in this podcast:
Welcome to the first episode of the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. This first episode is a brief introduction of me and an outline of my on-demand video course for Audacity podcasters, called Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced. Here are the links I mention in this episode:
This Audacity Bootcamp is an online resource for Audacity podcast editors. Please subscribe to this podcast so you never miss an episode. I recorded this episode using my Audio-Technica AT2020 USB+ microphone, recording directly into Audacity version 3.0.0 on my MacBook Pro.