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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 libraries

Installing a library is very similar to installing plug-ins. In this example, we'll install LAME, a high-quality MPEG Audio Layer III (MP3) encoder. However the ffmpeg libraries or binaries are also available in the same location. Again, you install in three basic steps: download, extract, and then save the files in the Audacity folder.

  1. Open a web browser and go to the LAME download page, here:

  2. Find the LAME file appropriate for your computer's operating system and click the link to download the file.


    All of files on this site are accessible, but some browsers, firewall, and proxy combinations cause some downloading issues. Two notes:

    • Use preferred browsers, such as Firefox 3 and above, or Opera.

    • Do not use right-click or control-click to download files, just a standard click will trigger the download.

  3. Once downloaded, double-click on the DMG (for Mac computers) or EXE (for windows) file to start the installation.

  4. You will be prompted to save...