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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

Adding music to your podcast

Adding music to your podcast can give it more depth—even if you just add it in the introduction and when you are ending the podcast. But, as discussed earlier in the chapter, there are copyright laws for songs written and recorded by popular artists, so you need to investigate how to use music properly in your podcasts for distribution.

You've already imported your music in the previous steps. If you remember, Audacity imports the music file into your project and puts it in its own stereo track. Now let's piece them all together through some editing.

Timing the music for introductions and endings

Right now, with the new music track added into your project window, if you click on Play, you will see that Audacity mixes the music and voice track for you—playing both tracks at the same time (or all tracks, if you have more than two). To start, we're going to explain how to create a music introduction and ending.

For this example, we'll have the music start before we...