Throughout the school year, it arises the necessity to edit sound:
-to cut out a song for the Xmas concert
-to prepare your own listenings
-to record podcasts for your students
-to edit a track with song and a voiceover for a performance
-to create a radio programme to increase communicative skills in your lessons...
The best audio editor for the needs of a school, it is AUDACITY. The main reason is that it is free and multiplatform, so it is valid to download it for linux, mac and windows. It also allows us to manipulate all kinds of formats (.wav, .mp3...).
Whenever we create a project using audacity, it will generate two types of files, one that will be .aup, and also a folder with the same name.
The best point about this programme is that it allows us to cut, mute parts, generate or minimize noise, add an echo effect, mix several songs adjusting the transitions, make the audio fade away at the end...
However, the star feature of this versatile programme is the "audio duck" function that lets you lower the music when there is a voice and upload it in the silences. For this, you have to put the music track on the top and the voice track on the bottom. You select the music and open the drop-down above, select the auto duck and you just have to think how much time you would like for each transition. Save it and that's all!
You can see an example of its use in the image below:
And that is the result: my voice + a soundtrack
And you? What programmes do you use to trim your songs, record listenings or for theatrical performances?
And most importantly, what types of motivating activities can we create to develop the communicative competence of our students with the help of the audacity?