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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

Clip and replace sounds

Clipping and replacing sounds is the process of selecting a sound that you want to replace with another. This can be done quite simply.

First, make sure that you record or import the sound that you want to have added into the original project file.

  • If you just want to re-record that section, then you can do that from your current Audacity project screen by first muting your main audio track (click on Mute), clicking on Record, and then saying the new words or phrase.

  • If you want to import an already-recorded clip, then in your already open Audacity project, go to the main menu and select File, and then Import | Audio.

  • Select the file that you want to import, and then click on OK.

In either of the previous scenarios, you will see that the new track (pre-recorded, or just recorded) will be displayed below the track that is already in your project.

Now, the steps are easy:

  1. From the new audio track on your screen, select the words or phrase that you want to be swapped into the...