• AUDACITY TIPS

     

    -          Keyboard shortcuts will save you time when you get to know them.  Check the menus for the ones you use and mark them, log them or write them down.

     

    -          Zoom Shortcuts, zoom in or zoom out buttons at top or use Control 1 and Control 3

     

    -          Zoom out to see whole project, Control F

     

    -          Zoom out and see all tracks vertically when you have a lot of tracks, Shift + Control F

     

    -          Import Audio, 1. Drag and drop.  2. Go to file, Import, Audio, then find file to import. 

    3. Control I

     

    -          Edit or to delete a section, just highlight the area, make sure the stop button has been selected then click the scissors button on the tool bar.

     

    -          Undo, Control z or go to Edit and select Undo

     

    -          Mark where you want to edit while recording or during playback use Control M.  Label tracks to help you with editing.

     

    -          Backwards editing will help you so that everything will not be changed beyond the edit.

     

    -          Make sure the transcription toolbar is checked so you can speed up your editing time.

     

    -          Sync-lock to edit all tracks in a section, use the Stopwatch in Tools.

     

    -          Remove Background vocals, 1. Select whole track and copy it, and mute the copy.  2. Go to drop arrow on the left and split track.  3. Now go to Effect at top of page and select inverter.  4.  Go to second track and select entire track then go to Effect and select Low Pass Filter.

     

    -          Adjust volume of a track.  Envelope button in the Tools will allow you to click on the track and lower the volume of the track or raise the volume where you want to and fade in or out like on music background tracks.

     

    -          Noise Removal of background hiss or noise.  Select sample of just background noise on track then go to Effect at top of page and select Noise Removal.  This will get a noise profile.  Now select all of the track by using Control A or highlighting the whole track then repeat removal by using Control R.  then compress to save.

     

    -          Or  Highlight area to be cleaned up then go to the top toolbar and click Generate and select Silence.  It will show you how long the section is that you have highlighted, then click on Generate Silence.

     

    -          Remove Spikes in your recording, Put your cursor on a spike then go to Effect and click on Amplify then lower the spike.  Now highlight all and of to Effect and click on Normalize

     

    -          Make your voice track sound better.  Go to Effect then click on Equalization and go to select curve.  What you select depends on your voice - just play around with it.  Now do the Noise Removal (as mentioned earlier).  Now go and select Bass Boost and increase a little to make up for the lows that were removed during the Noise Removal.

     

    -          Change Tone.  Go to Effect and click on Pitch and slide to #3.  This can change tempo without changing pitch.

     

    -          To Record your electric guitar on Audacity.  Use ¼” to RCA adapter to go from headphone jack of your amp.  Then use 1/8” to Red and White RCA adapter to connect to the adapter coming out of the amp to go into your computer.

     

    -          Mix multiple tracks into one.  Go to tracks on top of page and select Mix & Render.

     

    -          To Fade In and Out.  After converting all tracks into one, go to front of track and highlight the area you want to fade.  Now go to Effects and select Fade In.  To fade out, go to the end of the track and highlight the area you want to fade.  Now go to Effect at the top of the page and select Fade Out

     

    -          Punch In or to replace a part of audio.  Make another recording of the section of you replace and use the Time Shift Tool ßà to move that new section of recording to the place under the section you want to replace.  Now use the selection tool and place the curser just a little before where you want to replace or redo audio.  Now highlight the section that you want to replace then go to Effects at the top of the page and select Amplify and move the slider all the way down or to the left.  Now when you play the song back the new recording will play in place of the selection you chose to replace.

     

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