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Audacity is the key, but Paul’s my name…

June 04, 2009 By: Paul O'Mahony Category: audio podcast, connections, starting up

Oh, I’ve been told what to do:

  • load “Audacity” and you’ll be able to sort out your audio recordings.
  • you’ll be able to edit the audio files, tidy them up, tart them up, put them up…

I’m one of the dimmest learners you’ve ever met:

I struggle with everything. The first day I tried to take in cash from bus drivers in London, I made so many accounting errors, it took the bank to sort my mess out.

The first night I operated the security system in Holloway bus garage, I locked all my colleague’s coats in the time-locked night safe.

The first time I tried to make love, I cocked it up.

So, of course, I can’t figure this out.

Loads of audio recording, made live during session at Writers’ Week 2009, lie dormant.

I rang Patrick Stack and he said I should download “lamelib” for Windows. I think I’ve done that, but I can’t find where it’s gone…

If you ever have difficulty doing something on your computer, and you catch yourself berating yourself, think of me. That should cheer you up.

5 Comments to “Audacity is the key, but Paul’s my name…”

  1. You’re using Window$ Vi$ta, Paul, so I think it probably downloaded into the Downloads folder which is inside your Documents folder. Have a look there – you’ll need to unzip it before you can use it.

    And, btw, I was pretty dim myself when I first started using a computer. No sooner had I purchased my first one in the dim and distant days of 1991 when 4Mb of RAM was massive and a 40Mb hard drive was humungous than I promptly wiped the drive and had to take it back to the shop the next day for fixing!

  2. Anna O'Leary says:

    Audacity is wonderful…..and if you were near I’d show you how to use it. It’s time consuming to do a brilliant job on it……but this software is awesome. You definitely can’t edit all that material yourself…….you have to play the stuff to edit it. Paul you need help. In Kerry I can tell you a list of people who can use it…………….any school teaching radio journalism will teach the students.
    You could email it in pieces to people to do the job for you. That way you’d only have to listen to the finished piece when it was mailed back to you.

  3. Anna O'Leary says:

    Paul….here is a tutorial for the software.

    Audacity Manual – Tutorials
    IV. Effects for Beginners … Rules of Audacity…tutorials.html

    Audacity Tutorial for Podcasters
    A step-by-step Audacity tutorial. … In this Audacity tutorial you’ll finally press record. We’ll take a tour of the software and learn how to record your podcast.…tutorial.htm

  4. Anna,
    My main problem is time and patience. There are loads of people out there putting podcasts on their blogs. If they can do it, so can I.

    You are absolutely right: I can’t do it alone. I need someone to show me how to do it once. I’ll write everything down and internalise it. Then I’ll practise, learning by doing. Once I get the basics, I become a swift learner.

    I remember when it seemed impossible to display a photo on my blog. That seemed like a formula I couldn’t understand: now I can do it in my sleep.

    Thank you so much. I’ll look at the tutorial tonight, after I’ve been to Adare to visit my mother. Grace and I are off there soon. One of the problems I find with tutorials for beginners is that my starting point is pre-beginner: it’s as if I’m in the womb looking out, reading language fit for todlers.

    As for emailing stuff to others, that’s a great concept. Is that an offer? Given that I have over 100 audio pieces, most of which are about 2.5 mins long (but there are some longer), there is no way I can process and podcast all that by the time I go on hols on 14 June.

    I’d love to hand loads of them over to someone keen to turn them into whatever’s needed to have them on the blog for all to listen to.

    I’m not looking to produce broadcast quality podcasts. I’m a rough&ready person – all the background noise of conversation bubbling over, is atmosphere to me.

    Alternatively, it would be possible for you to talk me through the process on the phone, while you were in front of a computer – provided you weren’t one of these Mac users who seem to know how to do everything, and whose software seems designed and fit for purpose?


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