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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

More sound effects

Because we are discussing the ways in which we can manipulate sound, here's a few others that you can change in your test project, if you see fit:

Changing pitch

Changing the pitch in audio editing means changing the high or low tone that we hear in the track. Technically, this means that we are decreasing the time interval between the voice waves (which means that we are increasing frequency). In theory, if you do this, it will also increase the speed or tempo of the entire track. But with Audacity, you can change this pitch setting without changing the speed of your audio track because Audacity will re-adjust to maintain the original speed.

To change the pitch, follow the steps shown below:

  1. Open up your test project, and select the portion you want to change the pitch (or select the entire track).

  2. From the main menu, click on Effect and then Change Pitch. The Change Pitch window is displayed.

  3. Use the slider bar along the bottom of the screen, and move it to the left-hand side...