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Software requirements

Audacity is a cross-platform application for working with digital audio. It is a “free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems.”

If you are unsure of what to use, please contact the individuals listed under the Contact section of this webpage.

The Information Technology Services department will assist faculty who plan to integrate podcasting into their curriculum. Our goal is to:

  • Familiarize faculty with the process of creating a podcast, so that they may record their own podcasts in the future, if they choose to do so;
  • Provide an opportunity for the ITS staff to offer post-production support to ensure superior quality of the audio file;
  • Advise faculty on any possible copyright concerns.

Record a track with Audacity

1. Launch Audacity.

2. Make sure that Microphone is selected as the recording source in the drop-down menu on the mixer toolbar.

Audacity Mixer toolbar

3. Choose Edit > Preferences. A dialog-box appears, containing options for the input and output sound for the computer.

Under the Audio I/O tab in the drop-down menu beside [Recording] Device, select your microphone. This could be a built-in microphone for your computer, an analog microphone you plug into your computer, or a USB microphone.

Audacity Preferences

4. Click on OK.

5. Click the small triangle next to the microphone under the input level meters and choose Monitor input. This will allow you to monitor the sound coming into your computer. Make sure the levels are not too loud or your audio will distort.

Audacity Monitor Input selection

6. When you are ready to begin recording, click the Record button [the round, red circle].

Audacity recording controls

7. When you are finished recording, click the Stop button [the yellow square].

8. Choose File > Select All.

9. Choose Effect > Normalize. This will bring the volume of your audio to the highest it can be without distorting.

10. Choose File > Export as MP3. Audacity does not save files as MP3s on its own. You must have the LAME MP3 encoder installed on your computer.

11. Once you have chosen a place on your computer to save your track, and you have clicked Save, you will be presented with an ID3 tag dialog box.

LAME ID3 tags

12. Choose ID3v1[more compatible] from the Format area.

13. Fill in the information that follows. They define metadata for a track, which allows your students to easily locate their course content.

  • The Title field is for the title of your episode.
  • The Artist field is where you place your name, preferrably with “Professor” before your name.
  • The Album field is the title of your course.
  • You can also fill in the Year, and Genre. If you find “Podcast” listed in the Genre drop-down menu, choose that. Otherwise, you can use “Speech” as a default genre.

14. Click OK.


Upload a track to UIS on iTunes U

  1. On iTunes U, select the course you wish to update.
  2. Click on Upload Files. A browser will launch and information pertaining to your course is displayed.
  3. Click on Add Track(s).
  4. Click on the Browse button.
  5. In the file manager window that appears, navigate to the folder that contains your track(s) and select a track.
  6. Click on Open. Your browser will display information pertaining to the track that is being uploaded.
    • Repeat steps 3 thru 6 to upload additional tracks.
  7. When the upload process is complete, click on Return to iTunes. You will now be on your course page on iTunes U.
  8. Click on Logout to quit iTunes U

Replace a track on UIS on iTunes U

  1. On iTunes U, select the course you wish to update.
  2. Click on Upload Files. A browser will launch and information pertaining to your course is displayed.
  3. Select the track you wish to replace by clicking on the check-box.
  4. Click on Replace File.
  5. Click on the Browse button.
  6. In the file manager window that appears, navigate to the folder that contains your track(s) and select a track.
  7. Click on Open. Your browser will display information pertaining to the track that is being uploaded and replaced.
  8. When the upload process is complete, click on Return to iTunes. You will now be on your course page on iTunes U.
  9. Click on Logout to quit iTunes U.

Tagging an existing audio file

Information for each file must be entered before uploading the file to iTunes U. This information is called “tagging”. This can be done on a Windows PC by right-clicking an MP3 file and choosing “Properties” from the contextual menu.

Contextual Menu

Once the Properties dialog box opens, choose the Summary tab.

Summary tab

Click on the Advanced button to add the required tagging information for your MP3 file.

MP3 Properties


Delete a track from UIS on iTunes U

  1. On iTunes U, select the course you wish to update.
  2. Click on Upload Files. A browser will launch and information pertaining to your course is displayed.
  3. Select the track(s) you wish to delete by clicking on the check-box.
  4. From the Move Selected Tracks to drop-down menu, select Trash .
  5. Click on the Trash tab.
  6. Select a track(s) and click on Empty Trash.
  7. Click on Return to iTunes. You will now be on your course page on iTunes U.
  8. Click on Logout to quit iTunes U.

Contact

  • Jeff Sudduth
    Media Specialist, Information Technology Services
    217-206-8350 or jsudd3@uis.edu

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