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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

Evening out the sound

Don't you just hate it when a commercial suddenly interrupts your favorite television show, especially when its volume is twice as loud as the show you were just watching? Well, in audio recordings, the same thing can happen. If you're interviewing someone on the phone through Skype, or turn your head just slightly and continue talking, there can be significant variations in your volume levels, and consequently your audio will have different volume levels. But this is fixable. You can use the Audacity Compressor utility to make your volume more uniform across the entire track.

The compressor tool lowers the volume of the louder portions of the audio track, and leaves the softer parts alone. This process is called dynamic range compression.

Using Compressor

Compressor is an internal effect that is bundled with Audacity. It is just as easy to use as the other effects. Use the following steps to even out the sound levels in your recordings:

  1. Open your Audacity sample project...