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Monday, March 5, 2012

How To Get And Use Audacity? 2012

In this post I`m going to show you how to get and use Audacity sound editing software. Let me say a couple things about Audacity :

  1. Audacity is maybe the simplest sound editing software in market. 
  2. Audacity is FREE 
  3. Gives you opportunity to create, edit and record your own music 
  4. Split one song or mix more songs into one 
  5. Convert mp3, wav or AIFF formats 
  6. Change the speed and pitch of song 
  7. Much more...
To get your own copy of Audacity just type in Google "Audacity download" and you will find it in seconds. 

So let`s get started. 

First run Audacity. Then if you want to edit some song click on file and open. Then you search the song you want to edit and when you find it just mark it and click open. The song will be imported in couple of seconds. 
The song will appear as sound wave and that`s perfect foundation for editing. 

Now I will show you some tool that will help you to edit your song easier. 

First one is selector check out the screen shot. The selector will help you to select and mark the part of track that you want to edit. 

When you mark or select the part of song (track) you want to edit go to effects and choose which one you want to add to your song. 

You can undo any effect that you don`t like, just click on edit and choose UNDO "the effect".

Now I`ll give you one example of using Audacity. I will cut the part of song and save just that part for example my cellphone ringtone or something like that. Follow these steps : 
  1. Click File > Open > Find the wanted song > click Open
  2. Now use selector to select the part of song you want cut of or extract whatever. How to do that? Click at start of the part you want to extract and just drag your mouse to the end of wanted part. (Click on image)
  3. Then go to Edit > Remove Audio > Split Cut ( Click on image)
  4. Go to Tracks > Add New > Stereo Track ( now another track will appear on the screen - click on image)
  5. Now click on that new audio track and then click on Edit > Paste (click on image)
  6. Now all you need to do is to remove the original song. Just click on the image. 
  7. The last step is to move your new "ringtone" to beginning of track. Just select "Time shift tool" it look like this <-> and move it. 

Selected Part & Split Cut
Add New Stereo Track


Remove Original Song



dj mixes said...

besides being absolutely free, audacity has a TONNNN of features.. i tried to mess with it, but it's very hard for a complete beginner. thanks for this little tutorial - it'll be a start! =) sometimes i need to do some afterwork on my dj mixes, and audacity looks very fast and efficient.

Pro Sound And Vocal Editing said...

Thank you for comment. Yes Audacity is great, but my favorite is still Cool Edit Pro/Adobe Audition. But I`m learning much as I can about Audacity because I heard a lot of positive things about it.