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Getting started with Audacity 1.3

Bethany Hiitola

Create your own podcasts, edit music, and more with this open source audio editor
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847197641
Paperback220 pages

About This Book

  • 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

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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Audacity and the World of Audio Editing
What is Audacity?
Will it work for me?
Moving up to Audacity 1.3
Common audio editing terms used in Audacity
Opening Audacity
Understanding projects
Pointers for working in Audacity
Using the best equipment
Chapter 2: The Basics: Setting Up a Project
Creating a new project
Setting the Audacity Preferences
Planning for your recording session
Chapter 3: Ready and Action! Creating a Voice Track and Recording Interviews
Recording voice tracks
Recording an interview with Skype
Chapter 4: Making It Sound Better: Editing Your Podcast
Dissecting the recorded audio
Working within the project
The basics of editing
Chapter 5: Advanced Editing: Fixing the Glitches and Removing the Noise
Using filters
Removing noise
Evening out the sound
More sound effects
Chapter 6: Saving Projects and Exporting Podcasts
Audio formats to which Audacity exports
Podcast formats
Installing libraries
Exporting your project as an MP3
Distributing your podcast
Other Export File Options
Chapter 7: Beyond the Basics: Editing for Even Better Sound
Softening sibilants
Clip and replace sounds
Aligning tracks and using Time Shift
Splitting and duplicating audio
Joining audio tracks
Modifying settings for the entire track
Chapter 8: Importing and Adding Background Music
Importing digital music into Audacity
Adding music to your podcast
What is overdubbing and how do I do it?
Downmixing and rendering
Vinyl records, cassette tapes, or minidiscs
Chapter 9: Giving Your Audio Some Depth: Applying Effects
The Effect menu
Chapter 10: Making Audacity Even Better With Plug-Ins and Libraries
Installing plug-ins
Installing VST Enabler
Installing libraries
Using a plug-in
Using libraries

What You Will Learn

  • 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.


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