I’m Re-Branding The Audacity Bootcamp

It’s time for a facelift of The Audacity Bootcamp! So I’m going to give it one. I’ll be changing the name of The Audacity Bootcamp to First Person Audio over the next week to 10 days. All of the existing content will remain as well as the current subscriptions to my YouTube channel. If I do this right, you won’t have to do anything and it will be transparent to you. It will all just magically change.

This re-branding is going to affect everything currently touched by The Audacity Bootcamp with the exception of my course on Udemy. That course is going to remain as-is. The new name will impact the website, podcast, Twitter, and The Audacity Bootcamp Facebook page.

Re-branding like this will allow me more freedom to touch on other topics in my videos and podcasts, while keeping Audacity as a core element to what I do. Once the changes are made, it’ll be back to business as usual.

Rode NT1 and Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Side-by-Side Comparison

In this video I do a short comparison of the Rode NT1 and the Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ condenser mics. Both of these mics are excellent and the differences in sound and quality are small. So I advise using headphones or earbuds to hear the difference. I refer to the shock mount I use on my AT2020USB+ and the pop filter as 2 different items I purchased but they’re part of the same package. See the link below.

Here’s what I discovered after doing this test. 1) The AT2020USB+ has more of an upper end presence and slightly more bass. This is reflected in the frequency response curve for the mic. 2) The Rode NT1 has a flatter frequency response curve and that resulted in slightly more clarity than the AT2020USB+ overall. But these differences are slight. If you’re looking for a good condenser mic for podcasting or voiceover/audiobook narration, either one of these mics is a good choice that will be easy on your pocketbook.

The shock mount I mention in this video will set you back about $12 and does fit the ElectroVoice RE20, among several other models. This is a great deal considering the massive shock mount offered by EV will set you back about $100. And this shock mount will hold any mic it’s designed for securely. Here are my links to the products mentioned in this video:

Rode NT1 Condenser Mic Kit https://amzn.to/2Vl4WGk

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Condenser Mic https://amzn.to/3lufqhg

AT2020 Shock Mount with Pop Filter https://amzn.to/3CgZSDB

This is another shock mount I own but didn’t mention in this video. If you’re looking for another good shock mount for an RE20 mic that doesn’t include the pop filter above, this may be what you’re looking for:

https://amzn.to/3yqx3lY

-Enjoy!

Rode NT1 Mic Kit Unbox and Demo

I took the plunge and bought a Rode NT1 condenser mic. I’ve had my eye on this for quite some time and I’ve been comparing the specs of both the NT1 and the NT1-A. I decided on the NT1 because of its flatter frequency response, which I’ve discovered over the years compliments my voice better. I’m also warming up to the idea of starting into audiobook narration via ACX, so I needed a good quality condenser mic. And I found it in the Rode NT1. The kit includes not only the mic but a shock mount that holds both the mic and the included pop filter.

Here’s my affiliate link to the Rode NT1 Kit: https://amzn.to/3CbcyvN

Is Audacity Spying On Us? Version 3.0.3 Is Out!

Welcome to episode 13 of the Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I’m back from a month long road trip and while I was gone, I started hearing and reading concerns over Audacity becoming spyware under its new ownership. Also today, April 26, 2021, a new version of Audacity (3.0.3) was released. Coincidence? Let’s talk.

Here are the links I mention in this episode:

NOTE: As I was editing this episode, Audacity crashed and I was given the option to send the crash report or not send it, just as the privacy notice stated would happen.

-Mike

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!