Today I released a new episode of the Audacity Bootcamp podcast. I’ve decided to revert the name of the podcast back to the Audacity Bootcamp and I explain a few reasons why in this episode. I also talk about my minimalist approach to recording and editing audio for my podcast and for my videos, and the new version of Audacity (3.0.4) that’s been released.
Podcasting doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. If you’re just getting started in podcasting, you don’t have to sink a lot of cash into what you’re doing. You can get inexpensive hardware and Audacity is free. The most important part of your podcast is the room you record in. You can get great audio with inexpensive gear if your initial recording is free of echo and room noise. That’s not hard to achieve. Some blankets, pillows, moving blankets, and closed curtains will add immeasurably to the quality of the audio in your podcast. I’ll be talking more about that in the next episode.
Audacity has announced the release of a new version. Audacity version 3.0.4 was released on August 24th. It’s a hotfix which means it was released to fix bugs in the previous version. There was a problem in version 3.0.3 with control points when using the Filter Curve and Graphic EQ effects. With this release I also got to test the update notification that was part of the version 3.0.3 update and I’m happy to say it works!
IMPORTANT: Since recording this video, Audacity version 3.0.2 has been released and is now the production version. When I recorded this video, it was still in pre-release.
In this video, I show you how to create and run a macro that will export your project as a WAV file using a keyboard shortcut and I show you where Audacity version 3.0.2 stores your macros because it’s different in version 3.0.2.
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.
There’s a serious bug in the newly released Audacity 3.0.0. The Noise Gate doesn’t work! You read that correctly. I’ll say it again. The Noise Gate in Audacity 3.0.0 doesn’t work! The good news is Audacity version 3.0.1 will have the fix. In the meantime, here’s a link to the temporary fix. It’s a Nyquist plug-in that can be used until version 3.0.1 is out.