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Getting started with Audacity 1.3

By : Bethany Hiitola, Stephen Daulton
Book Image

Getting started with Audacity 1.3

By: Bethany Hiitola, Stephen Daulton

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Getting started with Audacity 1.3
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Giving Your Audio Some Depth: Applying Effects
Toolbar, Menu, and Keyboard Shortcut Reference
Glossary of Terms

Chapter 10. Making Audacity Even Better With Plug-Ins and Libraries

Plug-ins and libraries are extra features that can be added on top of the built-in features of Audacity. Plug-ins can make special sound effects, analyze audio content, or just add to the long list of effects already available in Audacity. Plug-ins are typically used by advanced users of Audacity, or those users who want to add an additional effect to their audio track that can't be found among the pre-installed options.

The most common plug-ins include:

  • Nyquist plug-ins for audio synthesis and analysis.

  • LADSPA effect-based plug-ins that can be plugged into a wide range of audio synthesis and recording packages, like Audacity.

  • VST effects, or Virtual Studio Technology, plug-ins use Digital Signal Processing (DSP) to simulate traditional recording studio hardware with software.

  • VAMP plugins that are for viewing and analyzing the descriptive contents of music audio files. This could be things like histograms or curve data.