Configuring Voiceover – Audacity Recording

Configuring Voiceover in Room 134A

Audacity Recording:
1) Open Audacity from the Dock, the icon will look like this:

2) The computer is already pre-configured to use the correct settings with Audacity, to begin recording audio, simply click on the record button:
audacity record button

3) When you are finished recording click the stop button:
stop button

4) The interface should look like this if recording is successful, with a waveform showing what you recorded:
audacity waveform

5) When you are finished recording this session, navigate to the File menu and click on “Export” and choose WAV as shown below. Make sure WAV is your chosen export format because that format works well in all versions of Final Cut Pro and Premiere.
audacity export wav

You will also be asked about adding tags, which is unnecessary. Just click OK:


You will be asked to save the file somewhere, simply select a location such as your hard drive, flash drive. In this example we are saving the file to a flash drive:
audacity save dialog

Note: After you have exported the recording, you will need to close the current window by choosing File > Close, and then choose File > New for every recording session (recording take) you need:
audacity close

In Audacity you can record multiple takes into one window, but long sessions can be problematic since the process uses a lot of the computer’s RAM (memory):
audacity new project

The correct workflow is to record a take, save (export) the file, close that window/session, and then navigate to File > New for every new recording desired.

As a reminder, you can import audio files into Final Cut Pro X by going to the File menu and choosing File > Import > Media, or into Adobe Premiere by choosing File > Import.