07-06-21- Elsie QA- Elsie talks audacity and alternatives. Link to News Your Can Use from the FB LIVE!
In this week’s call, Elsie covers:
- Audacity alternatives
Elsie also answers questions on her new segment News You Can Use!
Check out the replay here!
- The latest on Audacity (after the QA with an email directly from their head of strategy) (timecode 17:23)
- A response to Christel’s question about calls to action in your podcast which she asked after the QA! (timecode 23:35)
Elsie Escobar 8:58
My dearest loves. I did not get any questions from anybody. Um, this time. So I have let me know if there’s anything I can answer for you today. We don’t have that much time today because I have a meeting with JJ from good pods today. And I couldn’t reschedule that. She is one of the only I think she is the only female founder that has a podcast app. So it’s very exciting. Love her.
Unknown Speaker 9:34
If somebody have done that, she says share the screen and we have so anybody has any questions, please let me know. And we can maybe
Unknown Speaker 9:45
LC while you’re doing that, I don’t know if this is the right place, time, whatever. But I would love to hear more about the audacity thing and I liked the gritty Berg take on it. But I do I would love to hear what you have to say. And then, because this is what I have the ability to use other things, but my co host uses Audacity. So if it’s if people are feeling it’s not safe, then what are the other easy free options? And I guess she could use GarageBand, I suppose. But
Elsie Escobar 10:25
this GarageBand Yeah, so in case anybody doesn’t, or isn’t up in the know, as of now, there was some coverage of audacity, which is the, essentially one of the seminal da, which is digital audio workstations out there that podcasters use to look she’s writing. Sorry, I used to edit their show, and it’s free, it’s open source. So it is, it is very interesting for all of us to be able to kind of manage that, because there’s a lot of folks that use that just to make their to make their podcast essentially. And it was found that after it was being acquired, there’s a company that essentially has all essentially, that has, I’m sorry, I am being harassed by my children, no more, okay. This is just for the girls contacts, okay. And so, it they found out that they’re that they were asking for, or requiring a lot more information or taking a lot more information that people were aware of, not aware of, from the downloads, or when you upload when you updated to audacity, 3.0, which is the latest thing that was out there. And at first, it was really scary, because it just seemed as if it was what is known as you know, ransomware is what folks were or mentioning it to be. But it really is not necessarily the case. It really is a misunderstanding of how the open community works out there, especially when it comes to being able to work collaborative, collaboratively, because, again, audacity is free, and people build on it. And they have from then on been able to clarify what’s been happening with Audacity. And what happened with audacity in the sense of of being able to that there, it’s not malicious, mind you, their company is in Russia. And therefore that kind of rings another Bell that’s like, Oh, I don’t know about that, man. I don’t know about that. So, but it seems to have been fixed. Now I’m going to, I’m going to be able to, I’m going to share with you the link to the greedy birds and mind you, Jenny wrote a really clear right up as to all of the things that were happening, we’re in layman’s terms, so she breaks down all of the bits and pieces that are important and the things that like, have warning bells for you. The number one thing for you to know is that you don’t have to upgrade to audacity 3.0. So that kind of fixes the issue. Another way to, in quote, fix the issue is for you to use a VPN when you when you use your computer, and therefore they won’t know what your IP address is. That’s another thing. The other thing that I wanted to share with you is that the the directly from their CEO or from whoever it is, that’s that’s commenting over there, I’m gonna put it in the chat there for you.
are being used in in a time when you don’t need it like there are some times when you really actually do need the information for the IP address in order for you to do things. In fact, there are some times that you can’t I don’t know if you know, you know, whenever you go to like the New York Times, or Forbes or something like that, and they have like that paywall if you keep going from your house to that, it’ll tell you, you’ve already read three free articles. And now you can’t because they’re reading your IP address or reading where you’re coming from. And so they know exactly what computer has access this place. And they’re reading that from you. So it’s really specific. Now, sometimes they are, you can’t really tell like they’re not storing that information. So there’s a lot of nuance that is happening in there. But the thing is that when it comes to privacy, IP addresses are private information on the same sort of line as social security numbers, possibly some of your medical stuff, you know, things that are private information that should not be able to be accessed unless you say yes or no, mind you. There are many, many, many, many companies that are trying to fight for the right of getting your IP address, because that gives them so much information about you so that they can sell products. Okay, so there’s two separate things that are happening here. There’s the IP people that that market, usually businesses, marketers, whatever, that are not privacy first, that are one because this information will give them everything, essentially of how to sell a product to you, or even not sales. And then the other aspect of it is that it’s the privacy aspect of it where it’s like we don’t, you don’t get to opt in with a lot of this stuff you didn’t even know so if you No, that’s the other thing if you know you can say yes. So essentially at this moment, I would step I would pause a little bit, see how this moves forward. But the converse, what what the community is doing, I’ve also seen that the because it’s open source, there are people who are already creating forks. This is something that happens in the open source community all the time. And it’s actually something that’s why it’s called Open Source. There’s the baseline code of something. And then a fork off of the baseline code is an app or a functionality with a something that takes it beyond what the initial code base was. People do this all the time. So there’s already a fork being developed of audacity, which essentially, is everything audacity is, and then they either add functionality or take things away or create something extra, right. And what they’re doing is that they are creating a fork that takes away all of that backdoor aspect of it. So it removes the ability for the software to do what it’s doing. Because the coders have already put it in there. So that’s not happening for that specific fork that’s still being developed, the community is doing that because the audacity community is huge. And so is the open source community. It is very, very vibrant and very full, and they’re very vocal. So that’s what I would say for you to just, like kind of chill. See what happens. Yeah, there. And then in terms of options? Yes, sometimes
I do believe that there might have been different kinds of audacity is in there. And it depends on I’m not sure what he meant in terms of that. I don’t know if it was like when you downloaded it, or if the new version when you downloaded it, I’m going to have more clarification, Robin are going to be recording the feed on Thursday, the show is going to come out next Tuesday. So I’m sure I’m going to have a lot more information in conversation with him. So you’ll get a little bit more insight into that. When it comes to Tommy, that’s right. See, I knew that I was when it comes to the usage of GarageBand. So GarageBand, works slightly different than a lot of the DAWs out there that digital audio workstations, a lot of them are based on the same the way that you see the WAV files or the way that they’re set up. They work in a specific way that that facilitates transitions from one piece of software to another piece of software so that you don’t have to relearn things like when you work on a Mac, or many computers, actually, if you do, you know Ctrl or Command Command C, automatically copy something, Command V paste something, you know, and all of those kinds of cuts, you know, command x cuts things. So that is general, understanding that even if you’re on the Mac computer, a lot of the apps themselves actually take those keyboard shortcuts, and add them universally to their apps so that you don’t have to relearn how to do everything and all of the places. And there are some very specific sort of app keyboard shortcuts that are integrated in other apps that do the same thing. And so I think command K is like link, I just learned that one and I now know that whenever I do command K, there’s so many apps that do a link for me whenever I do command K, so that’s like the universality of it GarageBand with a lot and then that kind of happens in through a lot of the dogs GarageBand sometimes doesn’t do that. It is like it does things slightly different than other dogs and works a little bit different. It doesn’t have the same bare bones from the beginning. Apple gives you when you open a GarageBand file or template or however you project. It thinks it makes choices for you that you kind of don’t want but because it’s made for music, so a lot of the voices have reverb on them when you start to record. They have like all of this extra stuff added to each track already. Which is not bad like I use GarageBand to put myself All together. But I’ve really, I’ve actually removed a lot of the stuff and added new compression to everything. So when I put them in there, it’s already set up for me, I don’t have to remove it. But when you first open like an empty GarageBand template, it has all the stuff that you have to just go and delete and take it off. It’s like, it’s like that, you know, when you I don’t know if you’ve ever done this, but if you go to the salon, and you have like, you know, they do your hair weird. I mean, I think they do their hair weird. Sometimes you really love the way they do it. And sometimes they don’t. And so you’re like, Okay, I really love the way you did my thing. But like now I’m just gonna, you know, I’m gonna do it this way. Because this is the way I like it. So it’s like that GarageBand is coming into the salon, and it’s the makeup is done and the hair is done. And you’re like, Well, I didn’t want to put so much lipstick on today. I didn’t want my hair curly, you know. And so you have to take those things off so that you may get naked, and then you can start recording. So that’s one of the things that GarageBand does. Now I you again, I use it, but I put my show together in there. Does that make sense? folks? Yeah.
Unknown Speaker 26:10
So what would you Elsie, what would you suggest then? As if, as a free option? And then I have a follow up question. Yeah. I don’t want to take over the entire everything. But you know me, I have questions, always question, but
Elsie Escobar 26:27
this is good. This is good. Although today, I am gonna have to stop in five minutes, which I know it’s unfortunate, unfortunate. So I know that you have questions for the free options. Does anybody else have something else so that I can follow? Yes, Karen, I see you you’re like,
Unknown Speaker 26:43
sorry, actually not so much a question board. But a suggestion. And Tommy, I was thinking of you. In particular, when I when I thought of this, I very recently had to write a blog post about how and why I started my show. And even though I remember, you know, the main points, I discovered that when I went back through a lot of my old emails, or just notes that I had written down that there were some interesting details I had forgotten about. So it could be helpful to keep like a launch journal. Even if you’ve already got a show, if you’re doing something new, it can be a great way to keep all this all the info, the the inspirations, the ideas, the suggestions, keep everything in one place, because there probably will come a time where you’re either going to be putting together you know, a pitch document. Or again, you might get invited like me to do a blog post about it. And it’s, it’s a hassle to like, go back through years of emails and stuff to try to pull all this together. So that’s it.
Elsie Escobar 27:42
Good, thank you. That’s a great idea. I know, I will give a crystal I’m so sorry. We’re gonna be finishing off here in like three minutes. But I love you. And I’m so glad you showed up. Just because I have to cut it short today, I could not reschedule a meeting, I am so sorry to everybody that came and gave me your time. So when it comes to free options, for I have been looking, I’m still gonna look some more to see if I can find a free option. because there aren’t too many of them. I don’t use a free one. But I did get it in a package like there were there’s a lot of like Stack Overflow. And there are a lot of Mac apps, usually just for Mac that are bundled sometimes like you’ll buy for $29 you get like 15 apps, and you don’t really use all of them. And I used to buy those packs, because I always wanted one or two in the pack that were by far cheaper when they’re sold. And so I in one of those bundles, I bought I got Amadeus pro as part of the bundle that I bought of all these apps, and I fell in love with that it was one of the easiest, you know, editing software’s that I’ve ever used. It’s very doable. It I don’t really do much other than like cut things and like do very light post production on it. And then it gives me a clean file so that I put all of the stuff together inside of GarageBand and that’s where I put the pieces together. It’s like a puzzle. I put it all together in GarageBand but I do not edit in GarageBand cuz I would rip all of my hair out. And I don’t I’m not a fan of editing audio in GarageBand it is awful. And but I have I know how to do it. I just I don’t like to edit the audio there. I like to put the show together and export it out and I’m done and I have a template and I just opened it up and I duplicate the template, add everything in there. So at this point, Amadeus Pro is what I have been using. It is 59 99 I believe Amadeus Pro is I don’t know. And Reaper is another one that I love to I think all of them are anywhere around 49 to $59. Those are the lower end ones. But Reaper Amadeus pro are my favorite and Hindenburg. Those are all my vapes for anything else that you would like to do for those things. And yes, you can download the back versions of audacity from their site, which you can read back for.
Unknown Speaker 30:38
Yes, I will. Reaper hinden. Burg. And what’s the other one? I said lm a dues Pro. There we go. That is it. I have those in there.
Elsie Escobar 30:56
I know loves. I know this was a short one. I am very sorry. How about this? Everybody? If you have a follow up email for me follow up question. I will make sure that I answer everything that you have as a follow up, I’ll send you I’ll send you a little audio memo. How’s that just for you? If you want that, for anybody that has a follow up that I was unable to ask that you were not not able to ask for today. That would be great. And I promise I will talk I’ll tell JJ that you guys. We’re very kind understanding about good pros, good, good pods. And you can go ahead and check good at checkout good pod so that you can see it. Good pods. Download it. And it is like a social media slash podcast app that you get a chance to listen to there. I just signed up for biceps. I wanted to not tell JJ I didn’t know what her thing was. So I’ve downloaded it and I would suggest you guys check it out. Yes. And I will absolutely say hey, from you, Miss Bobby, for sure. Thank you everybody for coming to see me today. I’m so sorry. I have to cut it short today. But do send me messages if you need me. Okay, I’ll be here for you. All right.