This guide looks at how you can create a podcast using Audacity for your Blackboard module. It will also help you gain an awareness of services and resources available at Teesside.
There are many different packages available to create your audio. Some are free to download and others are not. You may already be using a particular package, which is fine. If not, we recommend using Audacity mainly because it is free and is also easy to use.
- Download Audacity by visiting the Audacity website: http://audacityteam.org/
- Click Download Audacity link and run the installer.Note: You may need administration rights to your PC to install the software — if this is the case please contact your local ICT Helpdesk.
- In order to export your completed audio file as an MP3 you will also need to download and install the LAME Encoder. You can find out more about LAME encoding under LAME FAQ link within the Audacity website. To download LAME Encoder, go to http://lame.buanzo.org/#lamewindl
- Click the link (as shown in the image below) to download the installer. When you have finished downloading LAME, run the installer, it will install the LAME files in the following location: C:\Program Files\Lame For Audacity\lame_enc.dll
- The first time you use the Export as MP3 command, Audacity will ask you where lame_enc.dll is located, navigate to the location in step 4 and choose the ‘lame_enc.dll‘ file.
Recording your Audio
Once you have installed Audacity and the LAME encoder you are ready to begin recording your audio. You will need a microphone connected to your laptop/PC to talk in to.
- Open Audacity via your Start menu.
- When you’re ready to begin recording simply click the Record button, when you have finished click the Stop button. You can click the Pause button at any point to record you audio section by section, resume recording by clicking the Pause button.
- If you have made mistakes or you want to remove parts of the audio, use your mouse to highlight the relevant area of audio. You can then use the Edit > Delete menu to remove these sections.
- When you’re finished editing you can export your audio as an MP3 file.
Exporting your audio as MP3
Once you have created your audio you need to export this to MP3 format to use online.
- Select File > Export Audio.
- Choose a place to save your MP3 file, select MP3 Files from the Save as type drop down and enter a file name. Click Save.
- The first time you try and export as an MP3 file you’ll be asked to locate the lame_end.dll file, if you installed the LAME earlier on in this guide the file should be in this location: C:\Program Files\Lame For Audacity\lame_enc.dll or C:\Program Files (x86)\Lame For Audacity\lame_enc.dll
- You can choose to add ‘metadata’ to your file, sometimes this can help categorising files but it is generally used with music to identify the artist and track name. You may wish to just complete the Artist Name and Track Title fields to help you identify your audio files in the future. Once you have entered your metadata click the OK button.
- You can now upload your podcast to Blackboard, please see Adding a Podcast to Blackboard guide for instructions on how to do this.