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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

Using libraries

In Audacity 1.3.9 there is support for the LAME MP3 encoding (which allows you to export audio tracks in MP3 format) and the FFmpeg import/export library. The latter allows Audacity to import and export additional audio formats, such as AC3, AMR(NB), M4A and WMA. There is also some limited support for importing audio from some video file formats. However, much of this is still in beta form, which means that not all of the features may work fully.

Libraries provide different features than plug-ins—and, for the most part, allow for additional importing and exporting options. Thus, the features are accessed most often through the File menu's Import or Export options.