The Writer - Teacher (Part Four): How To Record and Edit the Audio for Your Class on Skillshare | David ✏ Ault | Skillshare

The Writer - Teacher (Part Four): How To Record and Edit the Audio for Your Class on Skillshare

David ✏ Ault, The Writer Teacher

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9 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. An Introduction to the Course

      0:55
    • 2. Factors Involved in Creating Good Quality Audio

      3:57
    • 3. Which Type of Microphone Should You Choose

      2:31
    • 4. Which Software Should You Choose for Editing Your Audio

      2:17
    • 5. An Example of How I Use Audacity to Record My Audio

      3:35
    • 6. An Example of How I Use Audacity to Edit My Audio

      6:01
    • 7. The Original Audio Recording

      1:56
    • 8. The Edited Audio Recording

      1:30
    • 9. Your Class Project

      0:57

About This Class

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How To Record and Edit the Audio for Your Class on Skillshare is actually the fourth class in the Writer-Teacher series, which shows self-published Authors how to repurpose content they have already written and turn it into courses to sell online.

In this particular class, you will learn about:

  • Choosing the Right Type of Microphone to Record Your Audio
  • Choosing the Right Software to Record and Edit Your Audio
  • An Example of How I Use Audacity to Record and Edit My Audio

So go ahead and enrol in my class and I look forward to seeing you on the inside.

Transcripts

1. An Introduction to the Course: Hello there. My name is David James a lot, and I would like to welcome you to this skill share class, which takes a look at how to record and edit the audio feel course class is actually the fourth in the right to teacher Siri's here on Skill Share, which shows self published authors how to repurpose content they have already written and turn it into courses to sell online. In this particular class, you will learn about choosing the right type of microphone to record your audio, choosing the right software to record your audio and an example of how I use audacity to record and edit my audio to go ahead and enrolled in my class, and I look forward to seeing you only inside. 2. Factors Involved in Creating Good Quality Audio: in this video, I'm going to talk about the different factors involved in creating good quality audio. But before I do that, I think I should begin by explaining why quality audio is essential to the success of your online course or class. Although you might be able to get away with creating a video with less than perfect lighting or even a boring slideshow with not a lot going on, your audio must be of a certain standard. If not, your students just won't bother to continue with the class. And that is if you're even able to get the course approved in the first place. So how do you achieve high quality audio? Well, the key is to get it right at the time of recording. Yes, you'll be able to edit the audio later on and improve the quality somewhat by using editing software. But editing will only take you so far because, as the saying goes, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. And at the end of the day, you should always be aiming to record as high quality audio as you possibly can. Now the quality of your recording will come down to two main factors. Having a good quality microphone and recording the audio in the right surroundings. I shall come on to the microphones and other audio hardware in the next lesson, But first, let's talk about your surroundings. Ideally, you would record your audio in a recording studio. Realistically, this is just not an option for most online teachers. So instead, we should try and recreate our own recording studio type environment. It goes without saying that you should always try and record your audio in a quiet place. But there are also other factors you should consider, such as trying to dampen the sound. The walls of a recording studio are actually designed to absorb sound waves, and this is something you should try and recreate yourself, perhaps by hanging blankets on the walls or setting up big, fluffy pillows on your desk. You should experiment to see what works best in your particular environment. You should also try and reduce the ambient noises around you if you are recording in your home office, which in my experience is usually far quieter than my office in town, don't flush the chain of the toilet just before you are set to record turn off all the fans , external hard drives, etcetera, and position your microphone as far away from your computer as possible. Finally, you should attempt to maintain a consistent environment. By that I mean for you to try and record your audio in a single sitting and not have to come back later on and recreate the exact same conditions as from earlier. You should be relaxed, speak confidently and clearly and try and maintain the same distance from the microphone throughout the recording. Okay, so once you have made sure that the environment you plan to record in his satisfactory, the next factor is to ensure that you have the right hardware toe actually record your audio. 3. Which Type of Microphone Should You Choose: microphones come in all different shapes and sizes and, of course, prices. And the type of microphone or microphones that you buy should depend on the type of videos that you'll be shooting. If you will be creating talking head type videos where you are talking in front of the camera, you will probably want to buy a live Elia microphone, which you wear on the color of your shirt, or even a shotgun microphone, which is a highly directional mic that can be placed off camera some distance from where you are talking. I do not film that many talking head videos myself, but nonetheless I invested in the road smart laugh plus microphone, which, as you can see, is going to set you back about $80 on which I am perfectly happy with in most of my videos . However, whether they be presentations or software screen casts, I do not appear in front of the camera. And for this type of video, I would recommend that you purchase a condenser microphone. As it is far better for recording your voice than, say, a dynamic microphone would be. You'll probably need to spend upwards of $100 for a decent quality condenser Mike. I've heard good things about the Blue Yeti Pro, which is going to cost you over $200. But the microphone that I ended up buying was the Eirik HD microphone, which, as you can see, is only $100 and I'm really pleased with it. So I would highly recommend this microphone if you're only looking to spend around about $100 on your mike. Other pieces of hardware that you should consider purchasing is a stand for your microphone and also a pop filter to get rid of PLO's. If speech sounds, that is to say, the sounds you sometimes make when you say letters such as toe put on book. So once you have created a satisfactory environment for recording and have the necessary equipment to record, you're all set to create the perfect audio. Well, realistically, your audio will still need to be edited before it is ready to be used within your final product. And in the next video, I am going to discuss the software that I use to edit my audio 4. Which Software Should You Choose for Editing Your Audio: there are a number of different audio editing applications on the market, but in my opinion you should look no further than audacity, which is available for both Macs and Windows PC's and is totally free. Audacity has all the features you could possibly need on more. But most importantly, audacity is quick and easy to use. If you're serious about making a living from your online courses, then you will need to create quite a lot of videos. And any software that helps in the creation process by being quick and easy to use is well worth the money. Audacity just so happens to be free as well, but that is just a bonus. And for the most part, despite all the different bells and whistles that you can see here, I very rarely use more than three or four features. When I edit my audio, I use normalize, usually after every other action I perform as Normalized delivers the loudest possible sound across the track without compressing or distorting it. I also use noise removal because try as you might, there is always going to be ambient noise in your recordings. I sometimes use compressor, which reduces the dynamic range of the audio, and I also use the rather cool silence audio feature for those times when I need to remove gulps, heavy breathing and the countless other sounds my mouth seems to make involuntarily while I'm recording. And that's about it. I thought the best way to demonstrate how I use audacity was to give you an over the shoulder view of me recording some audio. And I'm actually going to use the script that I prepared earlier on in this course, which is the introduction to my Christmas truce Siris of classes, and then show you how I would normally go about editing the audio within audacity, the results of which you'll see in the following videos. 5. An Example of How I Use Audacity to Record My Audio: in this video, I am going to show you how I use audacity to record my audio. Here we are in Scrivener, and this is the script that I am going to record. So I'm going to open up audacity, and the first thing I need to do is make sure that my I Rig HT microphone is selected as the recording device, and what I like to do next is test that the microphone sounds OK, so I'll do that quickly. Testing Testing 123 Testing, Testing. 123 and we'll see how it sounds. Testing. Testing. 123 Testing, Testing 123 That seems OK, so we'll delete that recording and begin a new one. Just check the microphone again and click record, so make sure it's recording okay, and then we can go back to Scrivener, click on the distraction free mode and begin recording the text. The horrors of World War One was such that following the conflict, President Woodrow Wilson was moved enough to boldly promise it would be the war to end all wars. Although that particular prophecy was short lived, the Great War is still seen today is one of mankind, The Great War is still seen. Today is one of mankind's darkest hours and perhaps the most recognisable symbol for the futility of war. Nonetheless, during that period of hell on earth, there was one brief moment when man's humanity and desire for peace shone through. And even though the Christmas truce was only to last a few days, never to be repeated, it remains a beacon of hope amongst all the hopelessness that is war. While it is of paramount importance that we never forget the horrors of World War One, I believe it is justice him. I believe it is just a Zim Porton to remember those wonderful moments in history. I believe it is just as important to remember those wonderful moments in history where, despite overwhelming odds, man's humanity is able to shine, even if it is only for a fleeting moment. And in particular, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sensibly noted, we should marvel at this one human episode a middle, the atrocities which have stained the memory of the war. Okay, I made a few mistakes in that reading, but then went back and corrected myself so that will be fixed in the editing. We just need to stop the recording. And in the next video, I shall show you how I edit my audio in audacity. 6. An Example of How I Use Audacity to Edit My Audio: Okay, so here we are in audacity. And before we begin editing, I would first like to check that the general quality of the recording is up to scratch. The horrors of World War One was such that following the conflict, President Woodrow Wilson was moved enough to boldly. Yes, I think that's OK. So I begin by highlighting the track. And as I said in the previous lesson of all the different effects available, I usually only use normalize noise removal and compressor. So I begin with normal eyes. Make sure each of the boxes a tick, and I select the amplitude to minus three decibels to begin with, which is the maximum amplitude I would like the tractor have at this point in time. Then I like to check that the audio's okay. The horrors of World War One was such that following the conflict. Yep, that's fine. Next up, his noise removal and you'll notice I recorded the ambient sounds before I began talking is probably too big an area, so I'll delete some of that, and then I need to select the area without me talking. Click on noise removal and this area will be the noise profile which audacity will then filter out from the rest of the track? So we click on, get noise, profile and then highlight the entire track. Then we go back to noise removal once more and click. OK, if now highlight that area, you'll see that all the ambient sound is being removed and it should also have removed it from the entire track so we can delete that now. And we can also delete the space at the end of the track as well. So now that we have completed the noise removal effect, I want to normalize the track once more like so and we can see how it sounds now. The horrors of World War One was such that following the conflict President Woodrow Wilson Okay, that sounds fine. The next effect that I would like to add is the compressor effect that is going to reduce the dynamic range of the audio, which in layman's terms means it will bring down the spikes in your audio without reducing the softer parts. So we click on OK, and I'll want to normalize the audio again. But as this is the last action, I'm going to set the amplitude 20 Disa bells, which is the maximum amplitude possible without any clipping, that is to say, distortion to the sound. Okay, let's see how it sounds now. The horrors of World War One was such that following the conflict, President Woodrow Wilson was moved enough to boldly promise it would be the war to end all wars. Although that particular prophecy was short lived, I'm going to remove that unnecessary pause. Bendel Wars. Although that particular prophecy was short lived, the Great War is still sick, and you may have heard a little click there. So I'm going to highlight that and find where the click is exactly. And then I can click on edit, remove special and then silence Audio. That's better. Although that particular prophecy was short lived, the Great War is still seen today. There's one of mankind. Okay, I need to delete my mistake. The Great War is still seen, so will highlight the area and check it is the portion to delete. The Great War is still. Yes, it is. So delete that and see how it sounds. Although that particular prophecy was short lived, the Great War is still seen today Okay, Another pause. I want to get rid off. Although that particular prophecy was short lived, the Great War is still seen today as one of mankind's darkest hours. Okay, I think you get the idea. I'm going to stop the video here and complete the editing of this track off camera. So I hope that my own editing process within audacity will help you with your editing process. When it comes time for you to record and edit your audio in the next two videos, you will hear the recording before the editing and after the editing, so you can see for yourself the difference that the editing has made. Thank you for watching. 7. The Original Audio Recording: the horrors of World War One was such that following the conflict, President Woodrow Wilson was moved enough to boldly promise it would be the war to end all wars. Although that particular prophecy was short lived, the Great War is still seen. Today is one of mankind. The Great War is still seen. Today is one of mankind's darkest hours and perhaps the most recognisable symbol for the futility of war. Nonetheless, during that period of hell on earth, there was one brief moment when man's humanity and desire for peace shone through. And even though the Christmas truce was only to last a few days, never to be repeated, it remains a beacon of hope amongst all the hopelessness that is war. While it is of paramount importance that we never forget the horrors of World War One, I believe it is just a Zim. I believe it is just a Zim Porton to remember those wonderful moments in history. I believe it is just as important to remember those wonderful moments in history where, despite overwhelming odds, man's humanity is able to shine, even if it is only for a fleeting moment and in particular, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sensibly noted, We should marvel at this one human episode a middle, the atrocities which have stained the memory of the war. 8. The Edited Audio Recording: the horrors of World War One were such that following the conflict, President Woodrow Wilson was moved enough to boldly promise it would be the war to end all wars. Although that particular prophecy was short lived, the Great War is still seen today as one of mankind's darkest hours and perhaps the most recognisable symbol for the futility of war. Nonetheless, during that period of hell on earth, there was one brief moment when man's humanity and desire for peace shone through. And even though the Christmas truce was only to last a few days, never to be repeated, it remains a beacon of hope amongst all the hopelessness that is war. While it is of paramount importance that we never forget the horrors of World War, I believe it is just as important to remember those wonderful moments in history where, despite overwhelming odds, man's humanity is able to shine, even if it is only for a fleeting moment. And in particular, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle sensibly noted, we should marvel at this one human episode a middle, the atrocities which have stained the memory of the war 9. Your Class Project: Hello there, thistles. Just a quick video toe. Thank you for taking this class. I hope you enjoyed it. And if so, please consider leaving a thumbs up, as it really means a lot to me. It would also be great if you would complete the class project, which is quite simply to use audacity to record the paragraph of text you prepared in the previous class. You should then improve the quality of the audio within audacity, using the techniques I have shown in the Project Gallery state. Whether the techniques you employed having fact improved to sound quality if you want, you can post the link to where your fellow students in your reporting. This is totally optional. Thanks again for completing the class, and I hope to see you in one of my other classes very soon.