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Interlude 5: Creating a sound file and sharing it

We show how to use Audacity to create a sound file and how to use SoundCloud to share it.
This is Audacity with our Aebersold F blues loaded.
I’m actually in the booth of my recording studio so I don’t have a keyboard in here. I have a voice. If I want to record something then I just press the record button,
and you’ll see that the record track is down there so if I want to play this.
It needs to be louder.
You can control the volume: this is panning left and right, this is increasing the volume. Similarly, the same thing here.
A couple of other things: this is the volume of the output volume, this is the mike volume. There are some other other things here which perhaps I won’t bother you with too much. Just to let you know that my recording studio uses an analogue to digital audio interface called Saffire. So that’s the sort of thing I would usually use. I’m using some built in microphone rather than Saffire and this is a stereo track. What was it that I recorded on the PC?
What I recorded on the PC is - I want to move it onto this iMac -
I get these two files here: an Audacity file and then it needs some test data.
Here it is. When I press the play button you will hear me say something like “Here we go.” That’s at the start of this track. I’ll play some of it to you. I seem to be playing more than I wanted to. Anyway, here we go.
If I want to save this - first of all maybe I want to have a look at this track later - then I first of all can save it, or rather save it with this “Save project as …” menu item and it says that the 4 tracks will be mixed down to a stereo track, which is what we want. We need to give it a name. Let’s call it “F Blues Test2” - we’re gonna save it - and you will see that here is a data file and then eventually here is the Audacity file. I actually want to turn this into an mp3. I’m gonna kill off all this extra stuff to make the file smaller.
So I select it and use the scissors to get rid of it, so we’ve got a smaller track here. What I want to do now is to export this as an mp3. Assuming you’ve got Lame, I go to the export button and the default format is mp3. I’m going to call it “F Blues Test2”.
It’s again telling me that these are going to be mixed down and down here is - I’ll put it up here - the “F Blues Test2”. Let me just play a little bit of it to show you that it is indeed our track. So if I go down to Quicktime and play it with Quicktime.
After a bit, you should hear the count come in. There we go.
Right, so that’s me playing the tune of “Now’s the time” with the Aebersold playalong as recorded on my PC and then mixed down to an mp3. The final thing I want to do is to share this mp3. So I recommend that you use SoundCloud. It is a free service but you will need to create an account if you don’t have one already. I do, and once you are logged in you can upload your recording. I suggest you use Google Chrome as your platform to get the full functionality. If I type in “SoundCloud” you can see the singing-in option. As I say, I already have an account so it knows about me, it knows my password and I can sign in.
OK, you see I already have a track up there from week 1 - my recording of “Things Aint What They Used To Be”. Let’s go to the Upload button at the top there. Press “Upload” and select “Tracks”. I select “Upload” over here. Choose a file to upload. Well we are going to choose our friend “F Blues Test2.mp3”.
There it is being uploaded. Now there’s it’s Title, its Genre - you don’t have to put this in if you don’t want to - but it’s “Jazz and Blues”. But what I do suggest you put in is this tag which is “#FLjazzpiano” so that you can link your recording to those from other learners on the course. “Describe your track” - well you don’t have to do this but it’s a “Test track”, and “Save” - it’s “Public”. So you save it so that every one else can have a look at it. You can put in an image if you want to. The important thing is in this box here to share your track because it’s the URL.
If I were to copy it and show it to you in a text file then that is the URL that you post in your course comments area. That’s how you do it.

In this video, I’ll show you how to use Audacity to create a sound file and how to use SoundCloud to share it.

Note that the very top and bottom of the computer screen is missing in this video but it should not affect its intelligibility.

If you need further guidance, the following help pages may be useful:

Finally, remember that there are other options available for recording and sharing music online – I’ve chosen Audacity and SoundCloud as easy-to-use examples, but you are welcome to try other tools.

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