Auto Duck

Auto Duck

Well, the holidays are over and I hope all of you had a great time. With this post I hope to get back on my schedule of posting an update every week. Consider this scenario: you have found some great background music you want to use for the introduction (intro) and the ending of your podcast (outro). You would like to have the music play for a few seconds at the beginning, gradually fade out as you begin speaking, and fade back in at the ending. How can we do this if it is even possible?

The answer is the auto duck feature found in Garageband, Audacity, and some other audio programs. It is very easy to do in Audacity. First, place the background track on top and the spoken podcast track underneath it. Select the background track and press Effect > Auto Duck. Audacity automatically creates a fast fade-out and a gradual fade-in. That’s all there is to it.

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