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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

Audio formats to which Audacity exports

We discussed in the first chapter how Audacity can save files in many file formats. When you save a project, it is saved as an AUP, or Audacity Project, file with a corresponding folder with the same name as the project, which contains all of the additional project files. But when you export a file, everything is converted and then saved into one file. Export file formats supported by Audacity without additional software are:

  • AIFF (Apple) signed 16 bit PCM

  • WAV (Windows) signed 16 bit PCM

  • GSM 6.10 WAV (mobile)

  • Ogg Vorbis files

  • FLAC files

  • MP2 files

Additional export formats are available by installing simple plug-ins or libraries that add additional functionality to Audacity. These formats, and their associated plug-ins, are:

  • MP3, with the LAME MP3 encoding library

  • Various FFmpeg formats, such as, M4A (AAC), and WMA, are supported through the FFmpeg import or export library

  • Various other uncompressed file formats, such as: AU, AVR, HTK, IFF, and so on