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Exercise Five: Editing an Audio Story

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Deciding to Edit an Audio Story

You might wish to consult the Audio Story Page before you start the project.


Think about your raw material and the kind of story that will best suit it.  If you decide that an audio story will bring out the best of the story, then you will want to check the quality of your recording to ensure it has adequate clarity and ample volume.


Audacity, a free audio editor you download from the internet, is the editor of choice for many amateur and professional podcasters and audio storytellers.  It is easy to use, but because it is intended for professional as well as amateur use, it comes with many bells and whistles.  We have no need of the myriad options, and so we will stick to the basics, which are outlined here.


There are many resources on the internet for using Audacity.  Here are a few:


Stories for Change has a nice screencast tutorial.


The Producers' Handbook Screencast Tutorial


Mindy McAdams' Superfast Guide to Audio Editing (pdf)


Exercise  (one hour)

1.  Follow the instructions on Mindy McAdam's Guide and download Audacity (and  a LAME recorder if you don't have it).


2.  Think about the contours of your interview and the story being told.  Jot down some notes about the gist of the story.  Write the one-sentence version of the story, capturing the value(s) embedded in the interview.


3.  Will you want to use ambient sounds?  Music?  Your own narration?


4.  Import the audio file to Audacity and edit the interview, adding your own narration where appropriate.  You will want a three-minute story maximum!


5.  Share with your small group and discuss the outcomes and lessons learned.


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