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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

Installing plug-ins

Installing plug-ins involves three basic steps: download, extract, and then save the files in the Audacity Plug-Ins folder.

  1. Go to the Audacity Plug-ins web page. You can find this web site here:

  2. Choose one of the plug-in types, and click on the link appropriate for your operating system, and download the file.

  3. Once the file is downloaded, extract it (uncompress) by double-clicking on it.


    For Windows machines, the extracted file will be a .dll file.

  4. Place the extracted file inside the Plug-Ins folder (within the Audacity installation directory).

  5. Once you save the file, you're all set.


    On Windows computers, the Audacity folder is usually in Program Files. On Mac OS X, it is under Applications.

  6. Restart Audacity. To see all of the new plug-in options, from the main menu, go to the Effect, Generate or Analyze menus. All of the installed plug-ins will be seen below a divider in those menus.