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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 4. Making It Sound Better: Editing Your Podcast

With the recording session over, it's now time to get down to the editing. We'll first discuss the basics of what digital voice waves look like, how to move around in the timeline, and all the basics, such as playback, rewinding, fast forwarding, selecting portions of the voice track, and setting up Audacity so that you can see your entire project on the screen.

Then we're going to jump into editing details about how to cut, copy, paste, trim, delete, adjust volume levels, and silence portions of your track. Obviously, your voice track may not need every one of these items done to it, but we'll cover all of them. As you use Audacity more, this will give you the basics for almost any editing that needs to be done after a recording session.