Activity 3: Record Audio
This tool was really easy to use and it was definitely worth including a 15 second ‘silence’ at the start as I found my breathing sped up (nerves?). Upon playback I noted:
- My breathing was really loud
- Voice spiked in parts
- Microphone was too close to my mouth
- I am getting used to speaking into mics and hearing my own voice!
Activity 4: Edit Audio
To edit my media I simply hit play and listened to the content. For the second listening I paused it where I wanted to make a cut, highlighted the 15 seconds before this and hit delete.
I still need to zoom in and fine tune a few nano seconds. It has made me realize how important it is to take a break…silences are your friend as they are much easier to edit!!
Activity 5: Use Audio Filters
I found this tricky and a bit annoying but the preview allowed you to keep trying. I still don’t think this is a great job.
I liked being able to select the dialogue and make it louder. It was easy to use the preview to achieve the desired results.
Activity 6: Combine Audio Files
Overall this process was tricky as I found the audacity tutorials difficult to follow. After watching some different YouTube videos it was easy to split the narration and drag the audio on top to adjust the volume etc. The most time-consuming part of all of this was editing the soundtrack using ‘audioduck’ and then fine tuning with ‘amplify’ to get a sense of balance across the whole audio. This drove me crazy! I may use something like this for podcasts or summaries of assignments/ units etc but I would spend more finding a more upbeat track. I may also consider getting students to record their own assignment/reflection and add a backing track.