Audio editing software

I have just found Wave Pad. Normally I use Audacity because it is cross platform, my students can use it easily and know the software and it is basically fuss free and effective. In class I use Audacity and Garage Band because we have MacBooks and iPads. Wave Pad is now an other option.Once you show students how to add the effects in Garage Band then their recordings really come up a level because they like using sound effects and it spurs them on to doing better. Audacity is handy in class for straight out  voice recording. Remember, I am no sound technician and I am teaching French. I am looking for things to help me improve the quality of what I can produce and thereby increase my options as a teacher but I am also looking at how anyone can make better quality sound files. Wave Pad is for Windows , Mac , Android , iOS but not Linux .I have found already that it has improved what I am doing even though I am currently just using a microphone with speaker attached. I could record something, enhance the voice, clean up the track and get a better sound…all in 10 minutes. If I can use this software, then anyone can. It does make a difference. There is a paid version and choices. That is good marketing. For a start I can have a really good look at this software without feeling it will disappear off my computer, be so limited I would not really have a clue and have no chance of really understanding how the software will benefit me and those I share sound files and sound file making with. Wave Pad comes with tutorials, helpful hints, ideas, clear explanations, You Tube support and an opportunity to grow as I learn without feeling like I have to push myself when I am not ready to. This is the crux of learning new technology. You need time to explore and gain confidence, you need help if you want it, you need a vision. I have the cables now for my mixer and so I am looking forward to using Wave Pad. I’ll still use Audacity because I am cross platform but my desktop and netbook are what I use at home and my NetBook made a really nice sound file last night just after I had downloaded Wave Pad. If nothing else, others who produce software should take some tips from Wave Pad as to how to introduce new clients to a platform.

What about the sound?

I am listening to sound files all the time – in class, from the students, podcasts in the car, YouTube clips, news programmes… What I have noticed is we have reached a real high in some areas and with some people with regard to sound quality. Others are struggling to get the sound just right. Some people are naturals, some work really hard at it and others don’t get it quite right. I am in the don’t get it quite right group and some of my students are too. We all have mobile and other technology which readily records good quality sound but we don’t all get the best out of it. I have worked hard the last two years on getting the visual presentations right for my resources and for my students who are presenting their work. The next logical step for me is to work on sound. I need to get better quality sound on the materials I make, I need to explore podcasts more and I need to help my students to get better use of the sound software on their laptops and devices. As with visuals, it is not going to happen all at once. It will be a journey. Podcasts are something which you can listen to any time , any place. They are even more flexible than visual files. As a language teacher I can see some real benefits in working with sound files in class and improving the quality of them. As with anything else I want to learn and improve on I have started to gather resources and information. The video with this post is impressive because in 3 minutes from Tinkernut I learnt a lot about a software programme I already use and it puts all that information into a neat package so I can see the whole picture. This post is by way of note to self because I am going to add links to 5 sites which provide a solid grounding for getting better sound:

Five tips for a better audio podcast
Beginner’s guide to setting up Your Own Podcasts
How to start your first podcast
Use Skype and Garage Band to make a podcast that sounds great
10 Podcast Tips

This way, when I am ready to start working on sound, I have a bank of helpful resources on my blog.

Free Sound Clips

Soundbible clips At last!!! A site where I can find sounds to make my presentations sound more interesting. You can contribute sounds too , so it means the SoundBible will become a wonderful, growing resource for the classroom. Book mark it! That’s it. Done. Sounds. TA DA!

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