Using Audacity An audio editor and recording tool
Objectives• Users should be able to record an audio file, edit files using copy and paste, and apply basic special effects.• Users should be able to save their files for future use in student projects.
What is Audacity?• Free, open source software for recording and editing audio• Available for Mac, Windows, and LinuxYou can: • Record live audio • Import iTunes files, CDs or any MP3 or WAV files for editing • Cut, copy, and mix sounds • Change the speed or pitch of a recording • Export for using later
What can I use this for?• After recording your own voice, or editing a song you can import your new file into a number of other software tools.• Some ideas? o Dreamweaver – Record yourself for your website o PowerPoint- Edit background music for your slides o iMovie or Movie Maker - Create a song montage for your movie or change the speed of your favorite song to better fit the feel of the movie
Recording audio• Save as a new • Video project. • For now it can only be opened and used in Audacity. We’ll export it later.• Check preferences• Ready to record!
Importing audio and playback• Create new project• Import file 1. Simply drag and drop the audio file in to the Audacity window. 2. Select Import Audio ... in the File menu.• Playback
Basic Audio Editing• Making a selection• Copying or Cutting that selection• Silencing unwanted parts• Duplicating
Special Effects • Change speed • Change pitch • Fade in/ out • Echo
Exporting and ImportingWhen you havefinished makingany edits toyour recording,you are readyto export yourfile to an audiofile so it canlater beimported intoanothersoftware tool.
Exporting and Importing• There are a number of tools to import your audio file into.• If you are going to insert your file into a project, make sure you save it in the same folder as all of the other files.
ReviewOne key to remember is that you not only need tosave your Audacity file in your folder, but also exportthe file into and audio file, such a WAV file. Only thencan it be imported into another tool.It’s fun to play around with the different effects. Usethe preview button to see how it will sound beforemaking any changes.
Other Resources• This just went over the basics of what you can do with Audacity. If you are interested in creating greater effects or edits like splits and sub- mixes, there are great resources on the web.• Try here for more beginner techniques• Or here for more advanced options