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.
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Hope this helps.