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Using Audacity. Free open source audio recording and editing software. Where to find it. Audacity Or Google “Audacity audio” Audacity manual Audacity tutorials

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using audacity

Using Audacity

Free open source

audio recording and editing software

where to find it
Where to find it
  • Audacity
    • Or Google “Audacity audio”
  • Audacity manual
  • Audacity tutorials
  • LAME encoder (for exporting.mp3s)
    • Audacity provides a link the first time you attempt to make an ,mp3
audio formats
Audio formats
  • Lots of formats
    • .wav – very common, uncompressed (big files), lossless, nearly universal playback ability
    • .mp3 – very common, compressed (little files), lossy, nearly universal playback ability
    • .wma – Windows audio, may have Digital Rights Management for copy protection
    • m4p – ITunes format – WILL have Digital Rights Management for copy protection (probably won’t play back on another computer)
    • .ogg – free, open source, uses Vorbis format to play
      • Librivox – public domain audio books
    • .ra – Real Audio, use in decline
choosing your microphone and speakers
Choosing your microphone and speakers
  • Edit>Preferences>Devices
  • Set your mike, speakers, stereo or mono
  • I need to choose a different mike than the Connect mike
  • Use a moderately priced headset for best results
recording and playback
recording and playback
  • Just like a tape recorder or VCR
    • Pause, play, stop, rewind, fast forward, record
  • Recording shows up as a waveform
    • Useful to find silence, pauses or extraneous noises if editing
effects menu
Effects menu
  • Effects>Amplify
    • May have to enable “clipping” to apply the effect
  • Effects>Fade In
  • Effects>Fade Out
  • Effects>Remove Noise
editing tracks
Editing tracks
  • Playback to find the spot you want to cut
    • Use the waveform to find the silences
  • Use the selection tool to select the cut
    • Left click and drag
    • Hit Delete or Cut to make the edit
    • Ctrl + Z to undo an edit
  • You can also replace the selection with silence

Selection tool

Replace with



exporting saving files
exporting (Saving) files
  • You don’t save sound files, you Export them
  • File>Export>Choose folder, filename, and format
  • MP3s require a download of a LAME encoder
    • Audacity guides you though the process
  • Because .wav is lossless, I edit and combine in .wav, and convert to .mp3 when I’m done
importing and combining tracks
Importing and Combining Tracks
  • Record and export all your clips
  • Import all your clips
    • Don’t click Open, as they will open up in different windows
    • Import opens them all up in same window
  • Copy and paste second clip onto end of first track
    • Close clip
    • Copy and paste third clip onto end of first track
    • Close clip
    • Repeat until al the clips are on one track
  • Save the whole thing with a new filename when you’re done
lame encoder
LAME encoder
  • Export as MP3
  • You’ll get this prompt the first time
    • Click Download
    • Follow the links (there are 2)
  • Download LAME
  • Click the .exe file
  • Export the file!
mixing tracks
Mixing tracks
  • Import tracks you want to mix
    • If music, make sure you have rights
    • LOTS of public domain music out there
    • is where I got the Bach
  • Edit tracks to same running time
  • Use Effects menu(Amplify, Fade In, Fade Out) as needed
  • Export
    • Will automatically mix tracks together