How to use Audacity to mix a virtual performance

It's one of the most well-known pieces of audio editing software, but how exactly do you use Audacity? In this easy-to-follow video guide you'll see the main features in action as we walk through the full process of editing, mixing and exporting a virtual performance using the free software.

Audio mixing for virtual performances

A guide for mixing separate audio recordings into a final audio performance

1. Choose your software

You will need to use audio editing software that allows for 'multi-track' editing. This kind of software is known as a 'Digital Audio Workstation' (DAW) and will allow you to:

Planning a virtual performance

A guide for groups preparing to produce a remotely recorded performance.

1. Audio first

If this is the first time your group has attempted to create a remotely recorded virtual performance, we recommend breaking the project into the following parts:

Online safeguarding

As music groups rise to the digital challenge and find innovative ways to keep the musical and social aspect of their groups alive, it’s important they remember the responsibilities they have to their members too. 

Recording video at home

A step-by-step guide to help you video a performance using everyday equipment

1. Consider what to capture

You could be videoing complete with audio or perhaps you want to focus on just the visuals of a performance to contribute to a larger project. Consider the following for your own project:

Video with audio

Recording audio at home

This step-by-step guide will help you achieve great results with everyday equipment to record your voice or instrument

1. Choose your location

This will have a huge impact on your recording's quality and it's worth considering...

Digital storage

During this lockdown period, your group may have started to produce more digital content for online rehearsals and other projects that you will need to store and share online with your members. So where can you put all this new content safely?

Livestreaming: tips from promoting groups

Two of our member promoting groups have tried out livestreaming for the very first time, with some of our Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award winners. We have collected what they learned below to help any other groups thinking about livestreaming a concert.

Covid-19: Planning for the future 1

Initial concerns for music groups at the coronavirus outbreak were about cancelling or postponing events planned in the short term and suspending regular activities.

Many groups then turned quickly to consider what they could do to keep their groups going – both from a social point of view, and musically.

Making Music has been providing support on both those fronts with resources and inspiration.