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Practicum: Rerecording Your Reading
For the practicum, you will be recording the text you read for exercise one again and editing it in Audacity. The editing process will involve selecting the best takes of your reading, assembling them, and cleaning up the track from unwanted sounds like pops and clicks. Audacity's manual is thorough and reasonably easy to understand. I recommend looking it over and referencing it when you have technical questions.
Listen to the recording you did in exercise one and consider how you might improve its quality. Should you record in a different space? Can you use a different mic or put your mic in a more strategic place?
Rerecord your reading of the text while making more conscientious choices about your space and microphone. Read it at least twice. Don’t worry about saying it perfectly as this is just an exercise. When recording make sure to capture ten to fifteen seconds of room tone at the beginning (or at some point).
I recommend you record each take on a different track. Depending on your Audacity preference settings, it may or may not generate a new track when you begin a new recording. To create a track, go to Tracks in the menu bar and select Add New and Mono Track.
Because Audacity is a destructive editing platform, it is a good practice to export a copy of your files in case you make a mistake that you can't undo. Export each track individually (otherwise, it will mix them down into one audio file). To do this, highlight a track and go to File, Export, Export Selected Audio. Export them as WAV files, which is the highest quality.
Now that you are done, it’s time to export your audio. If you feel comfortable with it, share your audio file with me. I’d love to hear how it turned out and about your process.
If all of your sound is on one track, highlight that track and go to File, Export, Export Selected Audio. Export them as WAV files, which is the highest quality. If you have audio on more than one track that you want to mix down into a single file, highlight all of those tracks and also select "Export Selected Audio."