— Audacity Hints and Tricks —

- ACX-Audible 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 -- SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
https://www.acx.com/help/encoding/202008310

https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=297423#p297423 -- ACX SPECIFICATIONS EXPLAINED
https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/AudioBook_Mastering -- AUDIOBOOK MASTERING -- WIKI
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ACX-Check_Success2.jpg -- ACX CHECK SUCCESS GRAPHIC
https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=349993#p349993 -- SUBMIT A TEST TO ACX

- Tools and Plugins
http://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Analyze_Plug-ins#ACX_Check -- ACX CHECK
https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=325078#p325078 -- RMS NORMALIZE
https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=245549#p245549 -- DeCLICKER, DeESSER
https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Nyquist_Effect_Plug-ins#Noise_Gate -- NOISE GATE

- Process and Recommendations
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/TestClip/Record_A_Clip.html -- RECORD A FORUM VOICE TEST

 

AudioBook Mastering Quick Notes (formal instructions here.)
Assumes a Mono (one blue wave) Track

 
Select the track with the SELECT button on the left.
 
Effect > Filter Curve... > Manage > Factory Presets > Low rolloff for speech > OK.
Effect > RMS Normalize: Target RMS Level -20dB > OK.
Effect > Limiter: Soft Limit, 0, 0, -3.5dB, 10, No > OK.
 
Check your work.
Analyze > ACX Check
 
Post a note on the Audacity Help Forum if you get stuck.
A forum elf may have to read your post before it becomes visible.

 

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

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

- Audacity Projects
http://manual.audacityteam.org/man/audacity_projects.html
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/aupFileGraphic-redbox.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/MyMusicAUP-MyMusic_DATA.jpg

 

Raw Audacity Links
 
App Nap Off
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=307838#p307838
 
Kitchen Table Sound Studio
https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=369938#p369938
 
Overdub Pileups
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=92235/
 
SoundProof a Room
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=308510#p308510
 
Trick to ACX Submission
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=307903#p307903">
 
UCA202- ICUSBAUDIO
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=307838#p307838
 
Paste Special/Custom
https://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=71556
 

 

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

 

- Clips - Miscellaneous
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/DenisePodcastMoreHeavilyCut3.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/EchoSample.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/USBMicrophoneWhineClip.mp3

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/NoisyMicrophone.mp3

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/ScratchTest2mp3
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.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/TP7SoundTest2.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/X2UTest.wav
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/ZOOM0001FurryInside.mp3 -- FURRY WITH H1N

- Clips - Professional
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/Pro/DavidBrancaccioMarketplaceMorning.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/Pro/IraGlassTAL.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/Pro/MollyWoodMarketplaceClip.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/Pro/RomanMars-BasicIncome.mp3
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/clips/Pro/SaraVowellAssassinationList.mp3

 

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

 

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

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

 

Illustrations
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AudacityGraphic650w-500t-ver2.jpg

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

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/CoolEdit.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/PianoG1Spectrum-650.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/PianoG1G2Spectrum-650.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/touch.jpg

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-650.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/peaveyTapeOut-650.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

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PowerFistSpacing-NoScreen-500t.jpg
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PowerFistSpacing-Screen-500t.jpg-- POWER FIST WITH SCREEN
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/HawaiianShakaSpacing-NoScreen-500t.jpg -- SHAKA WITH NO SCREEN
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/CloroxMicStand-500w.

 

------------ Screens
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/DeviceToolbar-650.jpg -- DEVICE TOOLBAR
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AudacityRecording-650w.jpg -- RECORDING VOLUME
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/JusttRightOfTheUpArrow.jpg -- RED BOX SELECT TRACK

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AudacityNoiseGateSettings.png -- NOISE GATE SETTINGS
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AudacityDeEsserSettings.png -- DeESSER SETTINGS
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AudacityExportWAVGraphic.jpg -- EXPORT WAV

 

------------ Cables - Adapters
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/stereoJumper.jpg -- 1/8 INCH CABLE
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/635mmTipRingSleeveCable-500.jpg -- 1/4 INCH STEREO CABLE
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/RCAStereoCable-650.jpg -- RCA CABLE
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/GuitarCable-500T.jpg -- GUITAR CABLE
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/XLR-Cable-500.jpg -- XLR CABLE

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/RCAMiniStereo-650.jpg -- STEREO RCA TO 1/8"
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/UnbalBalAdapter.jpg -- XLR3F to 1/8" MALE MONO
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/Adapter-QuarterInchToRCA-650w.jpg -- MONO 1/4" TO RCA
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/HeadphoneAdapter_3-5mm_6-5mm.jpg -- 3.5mm to 6.5mm PHONES
Mono Adapter - 1/4" Socket to 1/8" Plug

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/RockBandMicrophoneCable.jpg -- ROCK BAND MIC CABLE
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=96907 -- DEVIL'S ADAPTER
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/RCA-Y-MFF-500.jpg -- RCA Y CABLE

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/usb-a.jpg -- USB A

 

------------ 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
Also see audiobook resources.

 

---------- Locations / Studios
http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ACXHomeStudio.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 -- CHRIS PRATT AS EMMET

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PandoPodcast.png
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PodCast_Studio_WS-600.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
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/FieldShoot-w-Boom-650.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/MBP_StarbucksStudioShoot-500w

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/DavidGreene_RE-20-650w.jpg -- DAVID GREENE with RE-20
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/lin-manuelMicrophone.jpg -- LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/JoeRogan-ShureSM7.jpg -- JOE ROGAN AND SHURE SM7

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ConorLamb-w-All_Microphones.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/WoodFloorKitchen.png -- WOOD FLOOR KITCHEN
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/OutsidePhotoStudio-650w.jpg -- OUTSIDE PHOTO STUDIO

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PVCStudio-1jpg -- PVC STUDIO BARE
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PVCStudio-2.jpg -- PVC STUDIO CLOTHED

 

-------- 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/TED.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ShotGunInterview.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/MicBookTowel-500t.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/PhaseReversingMics.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/lavalier-EighthInch-ToXLR.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/3013Lavalier-500.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/3013Lavalier2-500.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/AKGShockMount-500T.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/BeyerM58WindSock.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/OnStageStands9701B-Folded.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ClipMount-PersonalRecorder2.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ComputerHeadsetBatteryAdapter.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/iPodMicrophone3-650.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/iPod-MicStand-500.jpg

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/OlympusRecorderSatchel-500t.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/USBRecorderJeans-500t.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ZoomH4Recorder-500T.jpg -- ZOOM H4 RECORDER
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ZoomH1nTechnicalSetup.jpg -- ZOOM H1n RECORDER

 

-------- Waveforms
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/latencyBefore.jpg -- LATENCY BEFORE
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/latencyAfter.jpg -- LATENCY AFTER

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/ShowClipping.jpg -- SHOW CLIPPING

http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/MinusSixdBClipping.jpg -- MINUS SIX CLIPPING

http://www.kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/BadAndGoodEdit.jpg -- BAD AND GOOD EDIT
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/CrossFade.jpg -- CROSSFADE
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/DCOffset.jpg -- DC OFFSET

 

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

 

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

 

- 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

- Recovery
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=323665#p323665

- Skype Recording
https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12395/how-do-i-record-my-skype-calls
http://www.pamela.biz/en/products/
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=336008#p336008

- 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 Panels
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/Win7-RightClickSpeaker.jpg
http://kozco.com/tech/audacity/pix/Win7-SoundControlPanel.jpg

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

- Windows Screen Capture
http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?p=332942#p332942

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

- Windows Task Manager
- Mac Activity Monitor

 

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
 
-- Control-ScrollWheel or Control-ScrubVertical will zoom in and out from the pointer position.
 
-- Shift-ScrollWheel or Shift-ScrubHorizontal 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
 
-- Command-Scrollwheel or Command-ScrubVertical will zoom in and out from the pointer position.
 
-- Shift-ScrollWheel or Shift-ScrubHorizontal 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.

 

-- 2019-11-21