Getting started with Audacity 1.3


Getting started with Audacity 1.3
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  • Teaches basic techniques for using Audacity to record and edit audio tracks - like podcasts and interviews
  • Combines learning to use software program with the simple theories behind digital audio and common audio terms
  • Provides advanced editing techniques and tips for using Audacity beyond a first project
  • Uses a task based, step-by-step approach to guide newcomers into the world of audio editing

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 220 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : April 2010
ISBN : 1847197647
ISBN 13 : 9781847197641
Author(s) : Bethany Hiitola
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Other, Linux Servers, Open Source


Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Audacity and the World of Audio Editing
Chapter 2: The Basics: Setting Up a Project
Chapter 3: Ready and Action! Creating a Voice Track and Recording Interviews
Chapter 4: Making It Sound Better: Editing Your Podcast
Chapter 5: Advanced Editing: Fixing the Glitches and Removing the Noise
Chapter 6: Saving Projects and Exporting Podcasts
Chapter 7: Beyond the Basics: Editing for Even Better Sound
Chapter 8: Importing and Adding Background Music
Chapter 9: Giving Your Audio Some Depth: Applying Effects
Chapter 10: Making Audacity Even Better With Plug-Ins and Libraries
Appendix A: Toolbar, Menu, and Keyboard Shortcut Reference
Appendix B: Glossary of Terms
Index
  • Chapter 1: Audacity and the World of Audio Editing
    • What is Audacity?
    • Will it work for me?
      • Windows and Mac OS
      • GNU/Linux
    • Moving up to Audacity 1.3
    • Common audio editing terms used in Audacity
    • Opening Audacity
      • Audio controls and editing toolbars
      • Project View
      • Selection Toolbar
    • Using the main menu
    • Understanding the toolbars
      • Control Toolbar
      • Mixer Toolbar
      • Tools Toolbar
      • Meter Toolbar
      • Edit Toolbar
      • Transcription Toolbar
      • Selection Toolbar
  • Understanding projects
  • Pointers for working in Audacity
  • Using the best equipment
    • Sound cards
    • Microphones
  • Summary
  • Chapter 2: The Basics: Setting Up a Project
    • Creating a new project
    • Setting the Audacity Preferences
      • Verifying playback and recording settings
      • Quality settings check
      • Setting up for importing and exporting
    • Planning for your recording session
      • Performing an equipment check
      • Positioning your microphone
      • Planning a podcast
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Ready and Action! Creating a Voice Track and Recording Interviews
    • Recording voice tracks
      • The simple voice track
      • Adding to a voice track
      • Labeling recorded audio tracks
      • Deleting an audio track
    • Recording an interview with Skype
      • Download and install Skype
      • Set up Skype for your telephone interview
      • Recording the Skype call
        • For better volume control
      • Using timed recordings
    • Summary
  • The basics of editing
    • Cut and Paste
    • Copy and Paste
    • Trimming
    • Deleting
    • Silencing
    • Adjusting volume levels
  • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Saving Projects and Exporting Podcasts
    • Audio formats to which Audacity exports
    • Podcast formats
    • Installing libraries
    • Exporting your project as an MP3
      • Opening and exporting your project
      • Adding tagging information
        • Genres
        • Templates
      • Saving your exported file
    • Distributing your podcast
      • Sending the file
      • Uploading to a website
        • Website with hosting
        • Free blogging service
      • RSS feeds
      • Uploading to iTunes
    • Other Export File Options
    • Summary
  • Chapter 7: Beyond the Basics: Editing for Even Better Sound
    • Softening sibilants
    • Clip and replace sounds
    • Aligning tracks and using Time Shift
      • Using Time Shift
      • Aligning tracks
    • Splitting and duplicating audio
      • Splitting tracks
        • Split and Time Shift
        • Split and cut
        • Split Delete
      • Duplicating tracks
    • Joining audio tracks
    • Modifying settings for the entire track
      • Customize the project rate for each track
      • Changing a Stereo track to Mono
      • Muting a track
      • Increasing the volume of the entire track
      • Sorting tracks
    • Summary
  • Chapter 8: Importing and Adding Background Music
    • Importing digital music into Audacity
      • Importing WAV, AIFF, MP3, and MP4/M4A files
      • Importing music from iTunes
        • Unprotected files from iTunes
        • Protected files from iTunes
    • Adding music to your podcast
      • Timing the music for introductions and endings
      • Fading in and out
      • Adding background music
    • What is overdubbing and how do I do it?
    • Downmixing and rendering
    • Vinyl records, cassette tapes, or minidiscs
    • Summary
  • Chapter 9: Giving Your Audio Some Depth: Applying Effects
    • The Effect menu
      • Amplify
      • Auto Duck
      • Bass Boost
      • Pitch
      • Speed
      • Tempo
      • Click Removal
      • Compressor
      • Echo
      • Equalization
      • Fading In and Out
      • Invert
      • Leveller
      • Noise removal
        • Setting up the noise profile
        • Removing the noise
      • Normalizer
      • Phaser
      • Repair
      • Repeat
      • Reverse
      • Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift
      • Truncate Silence
      • Wahwah
    • Summary

Bethany Hiitola

Bethany Hiitola is a working writer and technology geek. With a degree in Scientific and Technical Communications, she's worked as a technical writer and multimedia developer for over 12 years—she spends the rest of her time as a wife, mother, gadget geek, and Master of the Household. She's written more user manuals than she can count, essays, novels, and a few technical books—including Inkscape 0.48 Essentials for Web Designers. More details are at her website: bethanyhiitola.com

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- 7 submitted: last submission 07 Apr 2014

Errata type: Language | Page number: 10

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Errata type: Language | Page number: 14

lines 6 & 7: "it's" should read "its"

 

Errata type: Technical | Page number: 14

line -3 (three from bottom): "On the left-hand side (the speaker icon), you can adjust the input volume levels. In the middle, to the right of the microphone icon, you can adjust the volume of the output that you'd like your audio track to have."
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"On the left-hand side (the speaker icon), you can adjust the output volume levels. In the middle, to the right of the microphone icon, you can adjust the volume of the input that you'd like your audio track to have.

 

Errata type: Language | Page number: 21

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What you will learn from this book

  • Learn to use the Audacity software—what it is, how to install it, and all of its main features
  • Learn setting up projects and how to record your content for your first podcast
  • Master audio editing basics for voice tracks like trimming, amplifying, removing “noise,” duplicating and splitting tracks, changing pitch, speed, and more
  • Create MP3 Podcasts from your saved projects and then prepare the file and upload it to personal websites or iTunes
  • Learn more about advanced editing techniques like fading in and out, click removal, timeshifting, using multiple audio tracks, overdubbing, mixing and more
  • Add background music to projects as well as import music from CDs, cassette tapes, and vinyl records
  • Use all the audio effects pre-installed with Audacity like echo, amplify, bass boost, and normalize
  • Install and use Audacity plugins like Nyquist, LADSPA, and VST effects
  • Common terms used audio recording and editing as the book has a complete Glossary
  • All toolbar, menu, and keyboard shortcuts used in the software

In Detail

Using the Audacity software as the starting off point, we discuss what the software is, what it can do, how you can use it, and where you go to get started installing it. All of this information is grounded in some basic audio editing terminology and background for those that aren't so technology inclined.

Then we'll start digging into a sample project! You'll learn about how to set up a project, create a voice track, record an interview with Skype, and basic audio editing techniques. All of this done in an easy to follow, task based approach with lots of examples. Here, we plan to go a step further, we teach how to wrap all of these steps together and create a podcast that can be posted on your own website or blog.

There's always more you can do with Audacity! The last portion of the book is dedicated to just that - discussing more advanced editing and mixing techniques, using affects, adding music, adding additional plug-ins to the software. All still incorporating examples and easy to follow tasks you can try on your own audio projects.

Teach yourself the basics of recording and editing basic sound tracks (like podcasts!) using Audacity, an open source software program

Approach

Conversational and practical, this book is full of real life examples of where and how you would use the Audacity software. Not only does it give you task-based step-by-step instructions from installation to advanced audio editing techniques, it caters to the beginner to familiarize them with all the jargon, suggests recording equipment, it walks them through a simple sample project showing off everything Audacity can do.

Who this book is for

If you are new to audio recording and editing, and particularly using the Audacity software, this book is for you. It explains everything from common audio industry terms and software basics. Technical sound engineering details and jargon are omitted to keep the book friendly and easy to understand.

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