My second How To for the MKMMA program!!! YAY (a use for all this knowledge crammed in my head over years of nerdery…)! Remeber – shoot me a commente/mail/message if there are other How To's that you feel would be a good fit for the program…who knows maybe they'll end up on the Digital Connections Webcast someday (hopeful that they would be that useful!!)
Being a nerd I always have to find the most flexible way to do things (we're inherently “lazy” and hate re-doing things more than we have to!) so I found that it was SUPER awesome to have my voice recorded separately and then be able to:
- Edit pieces of it if my DMP changed along the way
- Adjust pauses between statements (or even adjust which affirmations occurred where!!)
- MOST Importantly – I could cut a different piece of background music with my voice for driving, exercising, meditating…
So – how to record, and then re-mix your voice with any music you choose!
For this to work you will need:
- To download the Audacity application here.
- Download the LAME library – so you export MP3 files from Audacity
- A microphone 🙂
- A separate device to play audio on (CD Player, phone, 2nd computer…)
Once you have Audacity installed, AND the LAME Library installed we'll follow the steps below:
- Plug in your microphone to your computer
- Start up Audacity, and hit record:
- If you do not see a recording start you may need to set up Audacity to record from your microphone (it is typically that way by default but your particular computer may need a tweak or two. Use this tutorial or this PDF file, to get on track, once you see the above happen when you hit record you are ready for the next step…
- On your separate device for playing the audio back, cue up your audio and hit pause (if you can set it to loop the music)
- Plug your headphones in to this device and set the audio to a level where you can JUST hear yourself talkingrading your DMP
- Have the following at hand:
- Hand Written DMP
- Movie Trailer card (You want the POA side of the card)
- Hit play on the separate device and put your headphones on
- Hit record on Audacity
- Read through your DMP, POA, Affirmations, and PPNs according to the MKMMA lesson
- This took me about 30 minutes to complete.
- Hit STOP on Audacity and turn off your playback device.
- In Audacity click
- File : Export
- Name the File something like “My MKMMA Audio – Voice Only.mp3”
- Now, in Audacity click File : Open
- Locate your audio file that you were listening to on your headphones and open it.
- It will open in a separate window…so:
- Select the entire audio file by either highlighting it with the mouse or hitting CTRL-A
- Copy the track (CTRL-C)
- Switch back to the window that has your voice recording
- Click in the “grey area” outside your voice recording
- Hit CTRL-V (paste)
- You should see something like the below:
- Now paste your Music again by clicking in the LIGHT grey area and pasting again…
- Now we have a problem… we do not like gaps… so:
- Switch to the “Adjust” tool:
- Find the Second block of your music (the one with the gap to the LEFT of it
- Click and Drag that block against the first one until you get a small yellow line (this says they are not overlapping)
- Now switch back to the edit tool to paste another copy of your music
- …repeat this until the amount of music is grater than your voice recording
Finishing the audio file for playback…
- Make sure you are in the edit tool
- Click the “Full Zoom” tool
- Click near the end of the Voice and the “too much music” area…
- Click the Zoom In (+) icon once or twice
- With the Edit tool select (Click and Drag) a part of your Music file about 3 seconds “past” your voice and hit “Delete”
- Hit Delete to get rid of this extra amount…
- Now select the part of the music that is left that goes beyond the voice…
- Hit the “Effect – Fade Out” option:
- The last thing you may want to do is adjust how loud the music is compare to your voice:
We're DONE!!! And ready to export the audio!!
- Now we want to do two things:
- Save the project (File : Save Project…)
- Export the Audio file (File : Export…)
- you will burn this to a CD or put it on your phoneaudio player
- You don't HAVE to put any information into the form that pops up, but you certainly CAN :
- Hit OK in the above window and you'll get the following:
- Once the above window closes – YOU ARE DONE!!!
You can now close Audacity , find the audio file you exported and either put it on your smart phone, Burn it to a CD for your car… the options are endless.
Even better – you can repeat the process (Open the Voice only file, and merge another music file, say for excercise…) and have two completely separate files.