Chapter 1. Audacity from Start to Finish

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Let’s fire up Audacity and make a recording. We’ll begin with a quick-start tutorial and make a simple recording to demonstrate basic usage. Then we’ll cover the fundamental Audacity functions in detail from start to finish: recording, performing common editing tasks, saving your work, and exporting to various audio file formats and quality levels.

We’ll deal with fancy audio hardware later; for now, all you need is any Linux or Windows computer with an ordinary sound card and either a microphone with a 1/8″ mini-plug or a USB microphone or headset. Any microphone will do for this initial test, even a little ...

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