Audio editing with Audacity

Complete Audacity documentation

Importing audio

  1. From the menu bar, select Project then Import Audio.
  2. Browse to the audio file.

Producing a stereo track from an imported mono track

  1. Split the track to isolate the empty channel by clicking Split Stereo Track from the drop down menu on the track.
  2. Click the X to the left of the newly created empty track to delete it.
  3. Select the track that contains audio then select Edit and Duplicate.
  4. With the first track selected, click the Make Stereo Track from the drop down menu on the track.

Cropping audio

Audio can be cropped in a myriad of different ways. Here are a few options:

  • Highlight the audio you want to remove and press  Delete on the keyboard.
  • Highlight the audio you want to keep and press the [Trim away the audio outside the selection] button from the toolbar.
  • Highlight the audio you want to remove and press the [Silence the selected audio] button from the toolbar.
  • Highlight the audio you want to place on its track then from the menu select Edit then Split.

Including other audio clips

You may wish to include other audio to give your project a little character.

  1. From the menu bar, select Project then Import Audio.
  2. Crop the part of the audio you want to use.
  3. Use the [Timeshift tool] to slide the clip left or right along the timeline.
  4. Use the [Envelope tool] to place points on the clip to create fade ins and/or fade outs.

Exporting to MP3

  1. Save the project in its native Audacity format in case some goes horribly wrong during the export.
  2. From the menu bar, select Export as MP3 then give the file a name without spaces.
  3. Select ID3v2, complete the appropriate attribute fields, and select a genre.

Posting to WordPress

  1. Post the MP3 file to the Media Library.
  2. Once uploaded, click the title of the file to copy the File URL.
  3. Write your post. At the bottom of the post edit screen paste the URL of the audio file into the Media URL located in the Podcast Episode section near the bottom.

lhttps://media.lafayette.edu/public/media/Grandpa/1_9y1qznhg

4 thoughts on “Audio editing with Audacity

  1. I am very happy to have found this guide. I’m new at editing and it’s so hard for me to learn all the technical terms without a proper explanation. The author of this book is really good in explaining everything from basic concepts to advanced audio editing techniques, which makes learning Audacity software easier than ever before!

  2. Audio Editing with Audacity is a really cool and amazing software. I am using it for editing my audio files, especially videos. It’s very simple to use and has all the features that you need in an audio editor. The interface is clean and easy to understand, also the program itself is of great quality which makes it so much easier to work with. This software helps me save time because I don’t have to download any other programs or programs that are not related at all with what i’m working on right now.

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