User:Spiralofhope/1-Minute Test redux

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Article Assumptions

This article was made referencing Audacity 2.0.2.

Microphone Setup

  • Shut down / turn off your computer
  • Plug in your microphone
  • Turn on your computer
  • Position your microphone
    • (Desktop microphone) Take your hand and spread your fingers apart. Point your thumb at your mouth, and your smallest (pinky) finger should be touching or very near the mic.
    • However you position your microphone, a consistent placement and distance is important!

Audacity Settings

  • Edit > Preferences <Control-P>
  • Devices > Channels: 1 (Mono)
  • Quality > Default Sample Format: 16 bit

Audacity Use

Related Articles: Audacity 1-2-3, Editing Audio
  • At the top, click the red circle to begin recording. A new track will appear in the main view.
  • Click the yellow square to stop recording.
  • If you make a mistake and want to start over, you can stop recording then click the small 'X' to the top-left of your audio track.

Speaking Script

5 seconds of sil

Audacity Save

Audacity Export

  1. File > Export
  2. Bottom-right, choose MP3 Files
    • The default options are correct: Constant, 128 kbps, Joint stereo
  3. Choose the folder in which you want to save your file.
  4. Type in the file name.
    • FIXME - Please make sure to follow exactly the format presented in the first post.
    1. Use all lowercase.
    2. DO NOT use spaces.
  5. Click Save
  6. A dialog box should open, so that you can put in the ID3 tags.

(NOTE: in some versions of Audacity, you will NOT be prompted with the ID3 tags dialog after clicking Save. In these cases, you have two choices: go to the Import/Export tab in Preferences and check the box next to Show metadata exporter prior to export step.; or you will have to open the ID3 dialog and insert the tags BEFORE exporting. Do this by going to File > Metadata Editor.)

    1. Fill in the information in the required fields: Author, Track title, and Album title, EXACTLY as they are presented in the first post.
    2. You may add "Recorded by (your name)" in the Comments field.
    3. Click OK.

Audacity should then start exporting, and may take a few minutes.


Main article: How to Send Your Recording



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  • Before you upload, you'll have to select the project MC's name from a list so your file will go to the right folder. (That's the Meta-Coordinator, MC, not the Book Coordinator, BC -- they can be two different people.) If you're sending a test file, follow your BC's instructions or call it yourname.mp3 and select "xx - Non-project files" from the uploader's MC drop-down list.
    • How to find the project's MC: Each project thread title has the MC initials at the end. Example: "[SCIENCE] The Voyage of the Beagle by Darwin - ks" Find those initials in the Uploader's drop-down list of MCs (in this example: "ks - gypsygirl")
  • When the upload is complete, a link to your file will appear.


After uploading, copy the link to your file.

    • TODO **
and post it (as a reply) in the project thread to let your Book Coordinator know you're done.

Please avoid sending the link to the BC or MC as a Private Message. Folks will use that link to prooflisten your file and later to catalogue your file. When posting the link, remember to include the section number (if you have claimed many sections) and the length in minutes:seconds of your recording.

If this is your first contribution, let the BC know how you would like to be credited on the Catalog page, and your Web site if you would like that with your credit.