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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 filters

In audio editing, there are two types of filters: generator and processing. Generator effects artificially create sounds using your audio track (or add it in). Processing effects work with the existing audio and change it to suit your needs. When you install Audacity, there are filters of both types that are already installed. You can also download additional filters, are called plug-ins, that allow you to do even more audio filtering. First, let's discuss a bit more about what filters are and how they can help you when editing audio tracks.

Additional filter plug-ins

There are four types of effects, namely:

  • Internal These are the effects that are pre-installed when you install Audacity.

  • Virtual Studio Technology (VST) Plug-ins—These are what we call third-partly plug ins. They are not bundled with Audacity. You need to add these in after your initial Audacity installation. VST Plug-ins are for Windows or Macintosh computers only.

  • Nyquist Plug-ins— These are based on the Lisp...