Introduction: Basic Recording and Editing With Audacity

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In this instructable I will show you the basic functions of Audacity. Audacity is a free audio editing software. It is very simple to use but has a lot of useful functions. If you have any questions or want a more detailed instructable about a specific funtion of Audacity please comment and I will help you the best I can.

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Step 1: Recording and Playback

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The first thing I will show you is how to record and playback sounds in Audacity. These are the most basic functions of Audacity.
To record just click the red dot in the upper left corner.
To stop recording click the orange square in the upper left corner.
To playback the sounds you have recorded or imported click the green triangle in the upper left corner.

Step 2: Importing Audio Tracks

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To import audio tracks click on the project tab in the upper left corner of the screen.
Then click on import audio.
Select the file you want to open.
Click open.

Step 3: Selecting Audio

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--To select all of the audio click on the edit tab, then click on select, then click on select all, or press Ctrl A on the keyboard.

--To select some of the audio track make sure the select tool in the upper left corner is selected.
Then click and hold at the beggining of the section you want to select.
Then drag the cursor to the end of the section you want to select.

--To select from your cursor to the beggining or end click on the edit tab.
Then click on select.
Then click on "cursor to end" or "start to cursor"

(The selected section of audio will be dark grey)

Step 4: Editing the Tempo of the Audio

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-To edit the tempo of the audio select the section of audio you want to edit.
-Then click on the effect tab.
-Then click on Change Tempo (DO NOT CLICK ON CHANGE SPEED, this will change the speed AND pitch of the audio)
-Click and drag the meter to change the tempo (you will have to experiment to learn what "percent change" you need to get the correct tempo)
-Click preview to here a sample of the audio you edited
-When you like the tempo of the audio click on "OK"
(When you change the tempo the selected area will shrink because it is shorter and faster)

Step 5: Editing the Pitch of the Audio

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-To edit the pitch of the audio select the section of audio you want to edit.
-Then click on the effect tab.
-Then click on Change Pitch
-Click and drag the meter to change the pitch (you will have to experiment to learn what "percent change" you need to get the correct ptich)
-Click preview to here a sample of the audio you edited
-When you like the pitch of the audio click on "OK"

Step 6: Deleting Audio

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To delete audio select the section of audio you want to delete and click on the edit tab then delete, or press Ctrl-K, or press the delete key on the keyboard, or press the backspace key on the keyboard

Step 7: Spliting Audio Tracks

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To split audio tracks you have to select the second have of what you want to split.
Then you click on the edit tab.
Then click on split.
(The second half of the split audio will move to a seprate track)

Step 8: Exporting Audio

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To export the audio click on the File tab.
Then click on "Export as WAV" or "Export as MP3" (depending on the type of audio file you want)
The name the file and click save.

(If the sound is ever messed up after you export it as WAV or MP3 try exporting it as the other file type than you used the first time)

Comments

Mattyboy211 (author)2017-01-04

how do you make a recording and then edit or Delete it.

TvTekMike (author)2016-06-02

Hi,

May I offer something about losing an Audacity recording by changing it's name? Audacity tracks are not recognised outside and it seemed I had lost the recording (file). I went back into the Audacity Recent File list to the specific file and opened it, which should show the audio waveform. I highlighted the whole track which changes it's colour and means it's selected . I then clicked on Export Selection. You get the option to name it. Underneath it's usually marked as Wav. Save it. You get a box with a list for Artist Name, Track Name, etc.. Complete that if you wish. Click OK. The track will probably be found in Documents with the treble clef symbol. This is now Wav and can be moved or named as you want. You just repeat this for other tracks as required. I hope this helps.

JagGalBecky (author)2016-02-12

Very helpful, thank you!

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