Step-by-Step Audio: From Your Recorder to WordPress.com

STEP-BY-STEP: FROM YOUR RECORDER TO WORDPRESS.COM

1. UPLOADING YOUR AUDIO FILES TO YOUR COMPUTER
• Plug the recorder into the USB. Drag your files on the desktop.
• Create a copy of each. (Ctrl + Click on the file>Duplicate.) Rename your new files.
• Drag the recorder icon to the Trash. Disconnect it from the USB.

2. CONVERTING YOUR FILES USING SWITCH
• Open Switch. (Go>Applications>Switch)
• Drag your files into the workspace.
• Set the output to .aiff. This is the proper format for editing in Garage Band. (If you are using Audacity, convert to .wav)
• Check the box marked “Output to the same folder as source files.”
• Click “Convert” button.
• Look on your desktop. You now have duplicates of all of your files, but it will say .aiff at the end. These are the files you want to use.

3. EDITING YOUR AUDIO TRACKS IN GARAGEBAND
• Open Garage Band (Go>Applications>GarageBand)
• Select Create New Podcast Episode. Name it. Save it to your desktop.
• Click on Male Voice Track. It should turn blue. Select Track from the Menu at the Top. Select “Delete Track.”
• Repeat Step 4 and deleting the Female Voice.
• Drag the .aiff version of your recording into empty gray space below the Podcast track.
• Click on the Scissors icon. (You can move the location of your tracks in the top field. You edit in the lower field.)
• Edit your interview. Arrange all of the files into correct order.
• Adjust the volume controls on each track so that the volume is consistent through out the entire segment.
• When you are done, go to the end of your track and locate the end marker. It looks like a purple triangle at the top of your track. Slide it to the place where you want your audio to end.
• Save your Garageband file.

4. EXPORTING .MP3 FROM GARAGEBAND
• Select Share from the menu at the top. Select using the “Export Song to Disk” or “Export Podcast to Disk” depending on your GarageBand version.
• Compress using “.mp3 Encoder.”
• Set Audio Setting to “Good Quality” or “Spoken Word” depending on your GarageBand version.
• Click Export.
• Save it to your Desktop.
• You now have a finished .mp3 that you can upload to another site and then on to your blog.

5. PUTTING AN AUDIO FILE ON WORDPRESS.COM USING SOUNDCLOUD
• Go to SoundCloud.com Create an account.
• Upload your audio to SoundCloud.
• When it it done loading, click on the “Share” button. You will see options for Facebook, Twitter, etc and to the right the “More” option. Click on “More.”
• Click on the WordPress.com button and copy the embed code.
• Go to your WordPress blog. Create a new post.
• Paste the SoundCloud embed code into your post.
• Save. Publish.
• It will create a player on your blog that looks like this:

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About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine, Slate.com, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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