Download and install the free Audacity audio editor for your operating system

Download and install the FFMPEG plugin, a library to import and export various media formats such as M4A, WMA and MP4.

Audio recording steps (that do the job for me):

  • import the sound track(s) first, then record the voice track (below)
  • monitor the playback level and reduce the Gain level (e.g. -3.0dB) if appropriate
  • select mono microphone recording
  • remove the background noise with the Noise Reduction effect plug-in
  • compress the voice recording with the Compressor effect plug-in
  • use the Auto Duck effect plug-in to reduce background track level

on-line Tutorials

Mouse bindings (not configurable)
Podcasting with Audacity
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