Background Recording with Audacity

Hey, there!

Audacity records perfectly, even when you can’t see it.

In class the other day, I casually mentioned viewing your scripts on your screen when auditioning, rather than printing them out. And it quickly became apparent that several of the students didn’t think that was possible.

It is. Here’s how.

This will make your life sooooo much easier, speed up your auditioning process, and make you a certified greenie as well.

As Betsy would say, “What’s not to like?”

One of my students thought reading his scripts from his screen rather than from a printout was impossible. That’s because he was unaware of a simple fact: Audacity records whatever you’re voicing in the background as well as the foreground.

(“In the background.” by the way, is computer lingo that means an application is running on your computer, but isn’t running in the frontmost screen – it’s behind, and possibly even hidden from view, by other applications, off in the background, but is running nonetheless.)

He’d been printing out his scripts, launching Audacity, and then recording his auditions, working hard not to shuffle paper during the recording.

This is a better way that saves time and paper.

You receive your script via email, or on a web page, or whatever. Open it so you can see it nicely on the screen. Then, launch Audacity, start it recording, then casually switch back to the app (email, web browser etc) that you’ve got displaying your script. Then voice your audition, scrolling the script with your mouse if you have to – and Audacity will be dutifully recording in the background.

When you’ve completed your track, click back to Audacity and stop the recording. Edit your best take together, export as MP3 and send it off.

And just like that, you’re a mad auditioning genius, with no unnecessary printing or waiting or shuffling.

Any other tips you’d like to share? Use the comments below.

Hope this helps.


10 Responses to 6 Steps to a Perfect VO Demo

  1. Kelli August 18, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    I feel really good about my demo. It is a quick and fun process, even for someone like me who gets very self concious. :)

  2. David Britz September 5, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    The demos are great. Superb quality. Why go anywhere else?

  3. David Britz October 20, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Can’t wait to record my Narration VO Demo!! :))

  4. Mike Brang December 31, 2013 at 9:44 am #

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    What sets David apart from the rest, besides his affordable price and tremendously fast turn around time, is that all of the clips you record with him sound unique. Each spot sounds like an actual commercial you recorded for a job.
    My agent loved the quality and even asked who produced it to refer his other talent there!

    Thanks again, David for producing such a great, high quality demo for me. You made the process relaxing and enjoyable. I urge anyone reading this unsolicited reply to listen to David’s student demos to hear the difference for yourself. Anyone would be lucky to work with him

  5. Kristy Liles February 9, 2017 at 7:04 pm #

    I can not thank you enough. I worked so hard on 15 page IVR project, one day I cryed, look for answers, pull my hear (not really) but I was about until another VO send me this great tool. Thanks!

  6. Frank June 11, 2017 at 9:51 pm #


    When v123 indicates the audition is for a student/ nonprofit are we to assume it is for $0. If so, why does the audition ask for an amount to be entered?

  7. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    I did get this scam through Voice 123. In our discourse, they offered me the gig and they gave me the name of a legit local place to record and the same runaround with the money. I didn’t send anything, but instead, I called the studio to make sure the booking was for the day we set up, and lo and behold, the people there had no idea what I was talking about. I then tried to call back my “contact person” who was setting this up and there was a fax machine beep on the other end. I immediately contacted Voice 123 and told them what had happened. You know what they say…if it sounds togaed to be true, it probably is. Thanks for the reminder!

  8. shirley jordan June 12, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

    …too good…not togaed.
    The one time spell check didn’t work!

  9. Bernard Prame July 1, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    extremely helpful demo. Thank you!

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