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Getting started with Audacity 1.3

Book Description

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

  • 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

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

Table of Contents

  1. Getting started with Audacity 1.3
    1. Table of Contents
    2. Getting started with Audacity 1.3
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. Who this book is for
      3. Conventions
      4. Reader feedback
      5. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    7. 1. Audacity and the World of Audio Editing
      1. What is Audacity?
      2. Will it work for me?
        1. Windows and Mac OS
        2. GNU/Linux
      3. Moving up to Audacity 1.3
      4. Common audio editing terms used in Audacity
      5. Opening Audacity
          1. Audio controls and editing toolbars
          2. Project View
          3. Selection Toolbar
        1. Using the main menu
        2. Understanding the toolbars
          1. Control Toolbar
          2. Mixer Toolbar
            1. Give it a try!
          3. Tools Toolbar
          4. Meter Toolbar
          5. Edit Toolbar
          6. Transcription Toolbar
          7. Selection Toolbar
      6. Understanding projects
      7. Pointers for working in Audacity
      8. Using the best equipment
        1. Sound cards
        2. Microphones
      9. Summary
    8. 2. The Basics: Setting Up a Project
      1. Creating a new project
      2. Setting the Audacity Preferences
        1. Verifying playback and recording settings
        2. Quality settings check
        3. Setting up for importing and exporting
      3. Planning for your recording session
        1. Performing an equipment check
        2. Positioning your microphone
        3. Planning a podcast
      4. Summary
    9. 3. Ready and Action! Creating a Voice Track and Recording Interviews
      1. Recording voice tracks
        1. The simple voice track
        2. Adding to a voice track
        3. Labeling recorded audio tracks
        4. Deleting an audio track
      2. Recording an interview with Skype
        1. Download and install Skype
        2. Set up Skype for your telephone interview
        3. Recording the Skype call
          1. For better volume control
        4. Using timed recordings
      3. Summary
    10. 4. Making It Sound Better: Editing Your Podcast
      1. Dissecting the recorded audio
        1. Voice waves
        2. Silence
        3. Timeline
      2. Working within the project
          1. Playback
          2. Rewinding and fast forwarding
          3. Selecting portions of your track
          4. Magnifying your view
          5. Viewing your project
            1. Fit in Window
            2. Fit Vertically
      3. The basics of editing
        1. Cut and Paste
        2. Copy and Paste
        3. Trimming
        4. Deleting
        5. Silencing
        6. Adjusting volume levels
      4. Summary
    11. 5. Advanced Editing: Fixing the Glitches and Removing the Noise
      1. Using filters
        1. Additional filter plug-ins
        2. Plug-in installation
      2. Removing noise
        1. Setting up the noise profile
        2. Removing the noise
      3. Evening out the sound
        1. Using Compressor
      4. Normalizing
      5. More sound effects
        1. Changing pitch
        2. Changing the speed
        3. Changing the tempo
      6. Summary
    12. 6. Saving Projects and Exporting Podcasts
      1. Audio formats to which Audacity exports
      2. Podcast formats
      3. Installing libraries
      4. Exporting your project as an MP3
        1. Opening and exporting your project
        2. Adding tagging information
          1. Genres
          2. Templates
        3. Saving your exported file
      5. Distributing your podcast
        1. Sending the file
        2. Uploading to a website
          1. Website with hosting
          2. Free blogging service
        3. RSS feeds
        4. Uploading to iTunes
      6. Other Export File Options
      7. Summary
    13. 7. Beyond the Basics: Editing for Even Better Sound
      1. Softening sibilants
      2. Clip and replace sounds
      3. Aligning tracks and using Time Shift
        1. Using Time Shift
        2. Aligning tracks
      4. Splitting and duplicating audio
        1. Splitting tracks
          1. Split and Time Shift
          2. Split and cut
          3. Split Delete
        2. Duplicating tracks
      5. Joining audio tracks
      6. Modifying settings for the entire track
        1. Customize the project rate for each track
        2. Changing a Stereo track to Mono
        3. Muting a track
        4. Increasing the volume of the entire track
        5. Sorting tracks
      7. Summary
    14. 8. Importing and Adding Background Music
      1. Importing digital music into Audacity
        1. Importing WAV, AIFF, MP3, and MP4/M4A files
        2. Importing music from iTunes
          1. Unprotected files from iTunes
          2. Protected files from iTunes
            1. Burn a CD and extract from it
      2. Adding music to your podcast
        1. Timing the music for introductions and endings
        2. Fading in and out
        3. Adding background music
      3. What is overdubbing and how do I do it?
      4. Downmixing and rendering
      5. Vinyl records, cassette tapes, or minidiscs
      6. Summary
    15. 9. Giving Your Audio Some Depth: Applying Effects
      1. The Effect menu
        1. Amplify
        2. Auto Duck
        3. Bass Boost
        4. Pitch
        5. Speed
        6. Tempo
        7. Click Removal
        8. Compressor
        9. Echo
        10. Equalization
        11. Fading In and Out
        12. Invert
        13. Leveller
        14. Noise removal
          1. Setting up the noise profile
          2. Removing the noise
        15. Normalizer
        16. Phaser
        17. Repair
        18. Repeat
        19. Reverse
        20. Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift
        21. Truncate Silence
        22. Wahwah
      2. Summary
    16. 10. Making Audacity Even Better With Plug-Ins and Libraries
      1. Installing plug-ins
      2. Installing VST Enabler
      3. Installing libraries
      4. Using a plug-in
      5. Using libraries
      6. Summary
    17. A. Toolbar, Menu, and Keyboard Shortcut Reference
    18. B. Glossary of Terms
    19. Index