Navigating Audacity

Out of all of the editing we have been doing this semester, I feel the most comfortable with audio editing, so I wanted to explain some basic parts of Audacity for beginners.


The first thing that’s necessary in editing sound in Audacity is importing sounds to edit. Go to file and then to “Import” and you have the option to “Audio”. After you finish a sound, you can also choose to save it within Audacity. To do this, go under the same tab and find “save project as”. There is also an option to “Export” files after you are finished with your assignment.


When you want to alter sounds and add effects to them, go under the “Effects” and a list of effects will appear such as “Fade out” or Fade in” or “Speed”. It has most common effects for editing sounds.


Directly next to each sound is the panel that enables you to make minor effects to your sounds. The plus and minus lever allows you to make the sound louder or quieter. The one below allows you to move a sound to the left or right side of headphones. If you press on the down arrow at the top of the sound, you will be able to remove the sound, duplicate it and move it up and down Audacity so that you can be able to see it with other sounds.
Two of what I think to be important tools appear here. The “I” looking tool enables you to highlight parts of a sound. Afterwards, the sound part can be cut, copied etc. You can cut any part of the sound that you wish to. The double arrow tool enables you to move sounds across horizontally. You can move the sounds to the beginning, middle or end of your final sound. This makes it easier to mix sounds and create a solid flowing track.

Other important parts are the pause, play, stop etc. buttons. These do as they would normally be believed to do. When you want to hear the sound, you can use these to hear the sounds. However, you can’t edit a sound while you are playing a sound. Above the sounds, you have the timing of the sounds. It adds up all the sounds you import and creates a beginning and stopping point for however long you sounds are. You can cut sounds to make the time smaller or add to make it larger. There is also and arrow with a line through you sounds that you must have reach the end of you sound to begin editing again. You can move it to any part of the sound to hear the part.
These are all basic things that are easy to learn but might be hard if you have to learn for yourself. I hope this helped!

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