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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

The Effect menu

Clearly identifiable, Audacity's main menu has an Effect option. The Effect menu has all of the effects found in Audacity when you install it. These include:

  • Amplifying

  • Auto Duck

  • BassBoost

  • Change Pitch

  • Change Speed

  • Change Tempo

  • Click Removal

  • Compressor

  • Echo

  • Equalization

  • Fade In

  • Fade Out

  • Invert

  • Leveller

  • Noise Removal

  • Normalizer

  • Phaser

  • Repair

  • Repeat

  • Reverse

  • Sliding Time Scale/Pitch Shift

  • Truncate Silence

  • Wahwah

Many of these we've discussed in the context of our podcast project and how to edit your audio tracks. In this chapter, we'll learn what each of these effects is, re-enforce some of what we learned in earlier chapters, and then discuss other important effects for you to learn when you are just starting to use Audacity. If you see any more effects in this menu, then you've already installed some effect plug-ins. We'll discuss these in the next chapter.


Amplify is another term to describe the action of increasing the volume of sound. The word itself is a descendant of the word amplitude...