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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
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewers
Preface
9
Giving Your Audio Some Depth: Applying Effects
Toolbar, Menu, and Keyboard Shortcut Reference
Glossary of Terms
Index

Appendix A. Toolbar, Menu, and Keyboard Shortcut Reference

After you use Audacity for a while, you might want to start using keyboard shortcuts for your most used features in the software. These are keyboard combinations that are usually easy to remember, and are also faster than using the menus. See the list below to get started!

Note

If you are using a Mac computer, instead of using the Ctrl key, you use the Command key in any of the combinations listed next.

Keyboard Shortcut

Feature/Function

Project and Files

Ctrl + N

New project

Ctrl + O

Open project

Ctrl + W

Close project and Audacity

Ctrl + S

Save Project

Ctrl + P

Preferences

Tools Toolbar Shortcuts

F1

Selection Tool

F2

Envelope Tool

F3

Draw Tool

F4

Zoom Tool

F5

Time Shift Tool

Tools Toolbar Shortcuts

F6

Multi-Tool Mode

D

Next Tool

A

Previous Tool

Editing Menu Shortcuts

Ctrl + Z

Undo

Ctrl + Y

Redo (Windows)

Ctrl + Shift + Z

Redo (Mac/Unix)

Ctrl + X

Cut

Ctrl + C

Copy

Ctrl + V

Paste

Ctrl + K or Delete

Delete

Ctrl + L

Silence

Ctrl + D

Duplicate

Ctrl + A

Select All

Z

Find Zero Crossings

Navigation, Playback and Recording

Space

Play or Stop

Shift + Space or L

Loop

P

Pause

R

Record

1

Preview one second

B

Play from cursor to selection

Ctrl + 1

Zoom In

Ctrl + 2

Zoom Normal

Ctrl + 3

Zoom Out

Ctrl + F

Fit In Window

Ctrl + Shift + F

Fit Vertically

Ctrl + E

Zoom to Selection

Ctrl + I

Import Audio

Ctrl + B

Create Label at current position

Ctrl + R

Repeat Last Effect