Thank you SO MUCH for volunteering to provide audio for our Dyslexic Advantage community!
#1. Recording Software
Any software that can create an MP3 file is fine.
Audacity is a free software that can be downloaded for Mac or Windows here: https://www.audacityteam.org
After you have downloaded and installed Audacity, open up the application:
File > New
The colored buttons correspond to Pause, Play, Stop, Rewind, Forward, and Record.
If you hit the red record button and talk into your computer, if you have a built-in microphone, you should be able to see an audio tracing.
Here, the sound is not very high.
To increase the recording volume, double clicking over the tracing will select it.
Select Effect > Amplify
You can use the default amplification, or slide the circle and adjust the volume yourself. If you set the amplification to a negative number, it will reduce the volume. Hit OK to same the adjusted volume.
Starting and stoping the recording in Audacity doesn’t make a clicking sound, so you can start and stop whenever you need to. If you get interrupted in your recording, click and drag to select a portion of the audio and hit your delete key to erase. If you record again, Audacity will save the recording as another track, but that is fine it will all combine together when you save.
After it’s saved, export the audio as an MP3 file.
Name the file with your first name and the first few words in the title of the article you’re recording.
File > Export Audio
Save as an Mp3 file and send to by email attachment to the Team at: team @ dyslexicadvantage.org
#2: Tips on the Recording Itself
Use a relaxed conversational friendly tone. Included normal pauses when appropriate. Try reading the article aloud first to see if there are any words you aren’t sure how to pronounce or awkward phrases. We generally advice sticking to the text, but if you feel adding some words would help the meaning, then use your discretion.
a. Read the Title.
b. Read the article. Include the captions to photographs as appropriate, but don’t describe the pictures or graphs.
Thank You so much!!