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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

Splitting and duplicating audio

When you split an audio track, it removes the selected area from the original, creates another track, and places the selected area into it—in essence creating another audio track. This is useful when you want to re-order the audio in a different sequence than the one in which it was originally recorded.

Using duplicate is similar, but instead of removing the selection from the original track, it just duplicates the selected audio into a new track. Both of these features create new audio tracks—it just depends if the selected area in the original was removed from it (splitting) or just copied to another track (duplicating).

Splitting tracks

Splitting audio tracks is most often used to make multiple audio clips—or short pieces of audio—that are going to be re-ordered or moved around from their original recorded order. You can split tracks in a few different ways.

Split and Time Shift

The first technique allows you to literally "split" the sound waves, and make a...