Audacity is an open source sound editing program that runs on both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Download a free copy of Audacity from here...

You'll find instructions inside the book on how you can add fade-ins and fade-outs to your sounds using Audacity.

Here's a small tutorial that shows you how you can record your voice inside Audacity - this assumes that you already have Audacity installed on your system, and that a microphone is also connected to your computer.

  1. Make sure that your microphone is selected as the default recording device.

    Click your Windows Start menu and click the Control Panel option. Next click the Sound and Audo Devices icon. If you cannot see the Sound and Audio Devices icon in Control Panel, click the Switch to Classic View option on the top left of the icon area (see screenshot below). Now you should be able to see the Sound and Audio Devices icon - double-click it to summon a dialog box of the same name.


  2. Select the Audio tab in the Sound and Audio Devices dialog box, and make sure that the proper attached microphone is selected in the Default device drop down box in the Sound ecording area (see screenshot).

    sound and audio devices

  3. Start Audacity - the program normally opens with a new file. If it does not, just choose the File | New option. Click the Red recording button and start narrating into the microphone (see screenshot).

    record in audacity

    Click the Yellow stop button to stop recording.

  4. Check the recording to make sure it has been narrated exactly in the way you require.

  5. Choose File | Export as WAV and save it in the same folder as your PowerPoint presentation (or anywhere else).


To learn how you can record using Audacity on a Mac, look here...


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