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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

Joining audio tracks

Joining is as simple as it sounds. This function takes two audio clips and joins them together. Typically you would do this if you had split two pieces of audio through editing, or had reordered your audio, and were ready to join them back together into one continuous piece.

A simple join of two clips that are placed next to each other in the timeline is easy to do:

  1. In an open project, select the area around a split.

  2. Next, from the main menu, select Edit and then Join.

The split is essentially deleted, and the two separate clips become one.

You'll see in the previous screenshot that these two clips are joined but there is silence between them. This is because there was also a time shift between the two clips.

If you wanted the two clips to be joined into a bit more of a seamless join, use the Time Shift Tool to move the two clips as close together as possible.

Select Edit and Join. Now, the two clips are joined into one track again with no silence between them.