-- Audacity Hints and Tricks --

- ACX AudioBook Resources
http://blog.acx.com/2014/06/26/how-to-succeed-at-audiobook-production-part-1/
http://www.acx.com/help/video-lessons-resources/200672590
http://www.acx.com/help/acx-audio-submission-requirements/201456300
https://www.acx.com/help/encoding/202008310

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ACXToolsToAvoid.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/TestClip/Record_A_Clip.html
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/ACXTesting/ACXTesting.html

http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Analyze_Plug-ins#ACX_Check
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/Documents/acx-check.ny.zip
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/Documents/LF_rolloff_for_speech.xml.zip

ACX Specifications Explained
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ACXCheckSuccess.jpg

ACX Equipment List
Rode NT1a microphone, MBox Mini-2 (no longer available), Fast Track Solo, and Fast Track Duo.
Microphone stand with boom, microphone shock mount and pop and blast filter. Quiet computer.

 

AudioBook Processing Tool Notes (Audacity 2.1.0)
 
LF Rolloff (rumble filter)
-- Select the whole clip or show by clicking just above MUTE.
-- Effect > Equalization: LF Rolloff for speech, about 5000 Length > OK
 
Noise Reduction
-- Drag-select Room Tone, silence or the flat area between spoken phrases.
-- Effect > Noise Reduction: Profile
-- Select the whole clip or show by clicking just above MUTE.
-- Effect > Noise Reduction: Settings 6, 6, 6 > OK
 
Limiter
-- Effect > Amplify: New Peak 0.0 > OK.
-- Effect > Limiter: Limit -6, Hold 10 > OK.
 
Audio Compressor
-- Select the whole clip or show by clicking just above MUTE.
-- Effect > Normalize: [X]Remove DC, [X]Normalize to -3.5 > OK
-- Effect > Compressor: Thresh -20, Floor -40, Ratio 2:1, Attack 0.2, Release 1.0, > OK
-- Effect > Normalize: [X]Remove DC, [X]Normalize to -3.5 > OK

 

- Audacity Forum
http://forum.audacityteam.org/

- Audacity - Old Versions
http://www.oldfoss.com/Audacity.html/

 

Raw Audacity Links
 
Overdub Pileups
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=92235/
 
Trick to ACX Submission
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=307903#p307903">
 
SoundProof a room
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=308510#p308510
 
UCA202- ICUSBAUDIO
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=307838#p307838
 
App Nap Off
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=307838#p307838
 

 

- AUP Projects
http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/Audacity_Projects
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/aup1.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/audacityProjects.rtf
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/MyMusicAUP-MyMusic_DATA.jpg

- Chris's Compressor
http://theaudacitytopodcast.com/chriss-dynamic-compressor-plugin-for-audacity/
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ChrisCompressorBeforeandTwoAfters.png

 

- Clips
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/20151105MicTest-ES58-Mixer.wav
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/20160106MicTest-ES58-Mixer.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/AMStatic5.wav
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/DenisePodcastHeavilyCut.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/EchoSample.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/FryingMosquitoes3.wav

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/MysteryTrain3.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/noisetest2-raw.wav
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/noisetest2-patched.wav

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/OpenShieldHum.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/PPopping.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/RachelMaddowNoiseGate.mp3

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/SarahVowell.wav
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/ScratchTest2.wav
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/SMPTETimeCode-59-00-00MonoShort.wav
http://www.kozco.com/tech/soundtests.html

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/TP7SoundTest1.wav
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/TP7SoundTest2.wav
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/X2UTest.wav

 

- Crash Recovery
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/faq_opening_and_saving_files.html#crashed

Defrag
-- Right Click Start > Explore > Right Click Local Drive C: > Properties (Used, Remaining)
-- Tools > Error Checking & Defragmentation

Depth/Rate Conversion
-- Change
Project Rate (Hz)
lower left > 44100

-- Track Name > Set Sample Format > 16-bit PCM
-- File > Export > Format > Other uncompressed File Types

 

- Devices -- Device Toolbar - Audacity Manual.
http://manual.audacityteam.org/o/man/device_toolbar.html

- Devices -- Sound Devices and Interfaces.
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Recommended_sound_devices

 

The Four Horsemen of Audio Recording (reliable, time-tested ways to kill your show)
-- 1. Echoes and room reverberation (Don't record the show in your mum's kitchen.)
-- 2. Overload and Clipping (Sound that's recorded too loud is permanently trashed.)
-- 3. Compression Damage (Never do production in MP3.)
-- 4. Background Sound (Don't leave the TV on in the next room.)

Misconceptions
-- 1. I don't need a studio. I just need a comfortable, air conditioned, quiet room with no echoes.
-- 2. I don't need professional audio. I just need clear sound at good volume and no distortion or noise.
-- 3. I don't need a recording engineer. I just need someone to set me up and get me through the first few recordings and teach me how to do it myself.

 

Hidden File Extensions - Windows
-- Start > My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > View > [ ] Hide Extensions for Known File Types (deselect)
-- Apply (to this folder) or Apply to All Folders
-- OK

Hidden File Extensions - Mac
-- Desktop > Finder > Preferences > Advanced > [X] Show all filename extensions.
-- Close

Adding Audacity Equalization Curves
-- Select something on the timeline.
-- Effect > Equalization > Save/Manage Curves > Import
-- Select LF_rolloff_for_speech.xml > OK. (it won't open the ZIP. You have to decompress it)
-- LF rolloff for speech now appears in the equalization preset curve list.

- Forensics
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=68301

 

Illustrations
AUDACITY PLAYBACK SCREEN
AUDACITY RECORD SCREEN
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AudacityGraphic650W-500T.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/Mastering_what_to_avoid.png

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/audacityPanel.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/AudacityPanelStandard.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/AudacityPanelFull.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/CoolEdit.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/PianoG1Spectrum-650.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/PianoG1G2Spectrum-650.jpg
RCA FINGER TOUCH

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/x2uShureOverdub2.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/FannyPackRecorder.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/SoundControlPanel.jpg

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/3013PressureZone.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/3013PressureZoneFinal.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/earbudSM58.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/CardioidPattern.png

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/peaveyRear.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/peaveyTapeOut.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/MixerControls-500.jpg

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/earBudsRCA.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/shureFP33SoundShoot-650.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/GaryOwens.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/iTunesCDDialog.jpg

 

------------ Screens
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/DeviceToolbar-650.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ACXNormalize.png
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/RecordingMetersMinus_6.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AudacityRecording-650w.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/NormalPlayback-650

 

------------ Cables
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/stereoJumper.jpg 1/8 INCH JUMPER CABLE
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/RCAMiniStereo-650.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/UnbalBalAdapter.jpg XLR3F to 1/8" MALE MONO ADAPTER CABLE

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/XLR-Cable-500.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/usb-a.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/Adapter-QuarterInchToRCA-650w.jpg

 

------------ Computer Connections
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/Line-Out_Mic-In.jpg
LENOVO LAPTOP, MIXER AND UCA202
PC SOUND CARD CLOSEUP

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/DesktopLine-In.jpg
UCA202, PC AND CASSETTE MACHINE
MAC LINE-IN CLOSEUP

PC LAPTOP SOUND CONNECTIONS
PC and ANALOG HEADSET
Windows Laptop Mic-In - pdf

 

------------ Filters
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/telephoneFilter.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/voiceEq.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/FM.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/FM_Detail
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/100Hz_Rumble.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/RumbleDetail.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/Documents/LF_rolloff_for_speech.xml.zip

 

---------- Locations / Studios
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ACXHomeStudio.jpg

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/FormicaAndSilk.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/JMASoundShoot-650.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/pictures/boothFinished/mixer.jpg

http://www.kozco.com/pictures/boothFinished/laptop-mic.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/MicTests/studioLayout.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/MicTests/timc.wav

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/wynonna2.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/SenatorPortman-Hand_Held_Recorders.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AmmanStudio.png

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/whiteHousePoolMicophones.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/JoshTurnerSings.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ThankYouForUsingATT.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/SarahKoenigHighMicrophone-500T.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ChrisPrattEmmet.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PandoPodcast.png
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PodCast_Studio_WS.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/microphoneNewsCluster.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/CharlieRoseSpacing-650.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/LaptopMixerMicrophone.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ProAnnouncerStudioSoundproofing.jpg

 

-------- Microphones
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity//pix/lavalier2.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/Boom.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/BarbecueShotgun.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/sennheiserShotgun.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/sennheiserBlimp.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/olympus_TP7.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/olympus_TP7Blowup.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/USBMicrophoneMacBookPro2Final.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/computerAnalogMicrophone-500.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ShotGunInterview.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/MicBookTowel-500t.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/lavalier-EighthInch-ToXLR.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AKGShockMount-500T.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/BeyerM58WindSock.jpg

 

-------- Waveforms
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/latencyBefore.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/latencyAfter.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/waveform_clipping.png
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/MassiveClipping.png

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/MinusSixdBClipping.jpg

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/BadAndGoodEdit.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/CrossFade.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/DCOffset.jpg

 

- MEDIA INFO
http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en/Download

 

- Kristal Audio Engine
http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/

 

- Lame
-- It's possible to have the right computer and the right lame and the wrong Audacity.
-- Make sure everything is correct.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/help/faq?s=install&item=lame-mp3

 

- Microphone Adapter, XLR3 Female to Soundcard
Cable - XLR3 Female to 1/8" Male Mono
Cable - XLR3 Female to 1/8" Male Mono Angle

Cable - XLR3 Female to 1/4" Male - Rock Band Cable
Cable - XLR3 Female to 1/4" Male - Rock Band Cable - Radio Shack
Mono Adapter - 1/4" Socket to 1/8" Plug
Mono Adapter -- 1/4" Socket to 1/8" Plug

 

- MP3 & Editor
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/MP3#re-encode

 

- Noise Removal
http://audacityteam.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3159

- Noise Gate
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Noise_Gate

- Nyquist Plugins
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/nyquistplugins

-- Phono Preamplifier
-- Two very nice phono preamps in actual use.
-- Honorable mention to the Hafler HD-101 preamp, no longer made.

http://www.phonopreamps.com/tc750lcpp.html
http://www.artproaudio.com/products.asp?type=90&cat=13&id=109

 

-- Podcasting Notes and Stuff
ChaseisFDR & Audacity Links http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=71673&p=208913
Reel Life Podcast http://reellife.podomatic.com/
My Two Computers http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PodCast_Studio_WS.jpg
 
My Sound Test http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/DeniseFirstPass-Edited.mp3
VoiceMeeter http://vb-audio.pagesperso-orange.fr/Voicemeeter/
The Morning Stream http://frogpants.com/tms/

 

- Question Formatting and Hints 2014-10-06
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/Documents/PostingQuestions3.pdf

 

- Record Internet
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Recording_audio_playing_on_the_computer
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Mixer_Toolbar_Issues#Using_the_Control_Panel
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/User:BillWharrie/Using_Soundflower_to_record_streaming_audio
On Windows, Total Recorder and FreeCorder

- Skype Recording
http://www.pamela.biz/en/products/
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=251167&sid=dcbda04d2a287684a818466726af5091#p251167

- Trash Audacity Preferences
(On Mac, Go > Home > Library > Application Support > /audacity)
http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/Preferences

 

- USB Microphone
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/USB_Microphone.html

- USB Sound Devices and Interfaces
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Recommended_sound_devices

- USB Turntable--Symptoms
http://audacityteam.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=4567#p17745

- USB Turntable--Analog Solution
http://audacityteam.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=2259&p=8840#p8840

 

- Voice Removal or Isolation
-Center Pan Remover (Voice Remover--Search the page for "Center Pan Remover")
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/nyquistplugins
-Voice Trap (Vocal Isolation)
http://www.cloneensemble.com/vt_main.htm
-Extra Boy
http://www.kvraudio.com/get/1651.html
-Kn0ck0ut
http://www.freewebs.com/st3pan0va/

 

-- Voice Changing
voice_change.txt

- VST Enabler
http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/?s=install&item=vst-enabler

- Windows Control Panel
http://audacityteam.org/wiki/index.php?title=Mixer_Toolbar_Issues#Using_the_Control_Panel

- Windows Conferencing Services
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=41179&start=0
http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/FAQ:Recording#enhancements

- Windows Sound Recorder
- Start > Programs > Accessories > Entertainment

 

Zoom (Windows)
-- Drag-select something on the timeline and zoom into it. Control-E
-- Zoom out a little bit. Control-3
-- Zoom out full. Control-F
 
-- Shift-ScrollWheel will shift the timeline view left and right (sooner and later).
 
Change the timeline so it doesn't shift by itself:
-- Edit > Preferences > Tracks > [_] Update display while playing. (de-select)
......Note: Update Display is good during recording.
 
===============  
 
Zoom (Mac)
-- Drag-select something on the timeline and zoom into it. Command-E
-- Zoom out a little bit. Command-3
-- Zoom out full. Command-F
 
-- Shift-ScrollWheel or Shift-TouchPadScrub will shift the timeline view left and right (sooner and later).
 
Change the timeline so it doesn't shift by itself:
-- Audacity > Preferences > Tracks > [_] Update display while playing. (de-select)
......Note: Update Display is good during recording.