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[[Image:Audacity-logo.jpg|100px|left]][http://www.audacityteam.org/ Audacity] is free, open source software for recording and editing audio. It is available for macOS, Microsoft Windows and Linux. Visit the Audacity site to download the application and access [http://www.audacityteam.org/help/documentation/ additional help documentation and tutorials].<br>
 
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===Getting Started===
 
Open '''Audacity''' from the applications folder.
 
  
==== File Structure ====
 
* Audacity has a specific file structure that needs to be maintained.
 
* Always make a folder to save your '''Audacity''' project in.
 
* Inside your folder there will be the '''Audacit'''y project file with a '''.aup''' extension and a folder ending with '''_data'''.
 
* For example, inside the folder called '''interview''' if the project was named '''October''' there would be a file called '''October.aup''' and a folder called '''October_data'''.
 
* When moving the project between computers always keep the project file and data folder together.
 
 
====Save your project====
 
# Save the project before doing anything with Audacity.
 
# Go to '''File &gt; Save Project As...'''
 
# If a warning message appears click '''OK.'''
 
# On the left of the '''Save''' window click '''Desktop.'''
 
# Click '''New Folder''' in the bottom left.
 
# Give the folder a meaningful name (your name, name of subject etc) and click '''Create'''.
 
# Give the project a meaningful name in the '''Save As''' box.
 
# Then click '''Save'''.
 
 
==== Hints ====
 
* As you are working save often.  Go to '''File &gt; Save Project'''
 
* When you are done working save the project and quit Audacity.  Then copy the entire project folder to a server or extern drive.
 
 
====Importing audio====
 
* Go to  '''File > Import &gt; Audio... and''' navigate to the audio file that you want to import. Select a file and click '''Open'''.
 
* If '''Audacity''' opens a warning screen click the option that says "Make a copy of the files before editing (Safer)" and click '''OK'''.
 
* Audacity can import WAV, AIFF, AU, IRCAM, MP3 and OGG files. WMA files can also be imported with the FFmpeg libraries installed.
 
 
===Tools===
 
* [[Tools - Audacity | Audacity Toolbars]]
 
 
===Tracks===
 
====Adding Tracks====
 
'''Tracks &gt; Add new &gt; Audio track, Stereo track, Label track, or Time track'''
 
 
====Mono track====
 
-this is one audio file recorded with one microphone
 
[[File:Audacity-mono-track.png]]
 
 
====Stereo track====
 
-this is one audio file with a left and right track recorded with a stereo microphone.  Stereo tracks can be split into two mono tracks.
 
[[File:Audacity-stereo-track.png]]
 
 
====Label track====
 
-this track allows you to add markers or regional markers to the whole project or individual tracks
 
[[File:Audacity-labeltrack.png]]
 
 
====Track Control Panel====
 
Click on the black arrow to view a pull down list of options for each track - allows you to rename the track, provides sample information, waveform view, spectrogram view, mute or solo the track, increase volume and pan left-right function.<br>
 
 
 
[[File:Audacity-Track-Panel.png]]
 
 
'''Waveform view:''' vertical axis represents amplitude or loudness and the horizontal axix represents time.
 
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'''Spectogram view:'''the horizontal axis represents time, the vertical axis is frequency; a third dimension indicating the amplitude of a particular frequency at a particular time is represented by the intensity or colour of each point in the image.
 
 
===Editing===
 
 
====Playback====
 
'''Listen to your project'''  hit the spacebar on your keyboard to Stop or Play
 
 
====Zooming====
 
'''Zooming In/Out'''
 
helps you make accurate selections of your waveform.
 
 
[[File:Audacity-zoom-tools.png]]
 
 
====Selection Tool====
 
Highlight a portion of audio using your Selection Tool 
 
[[File:Audacity-I-Beam-tool.png]]
 
 
[[File:Audacity-highlighted-audio.png]]
 
 
====Labeling Tracks====
 
'''Label tracks and take notes of your project'''
 
Listen to your audio and make labels.
 
 
# Go to '''Tracks > Add New > Label Tracks'''
 
# '''Tracks > Add Label at Selection'''
 
# Name your label.
 
# Use '''Tab''' on your keyboard to select forwards to the next label, and '''SHIFT+Tab''' to select backwards to the previous label.
 
 
 
====Editing Audio====
 
 
# Open a blank track - this will be your working pallet.
 
##'''Tracks > Mono track or Stereo Track'''
 
# Choose the '''Selection tool''' [[File:Audacity-I-Beam-tool.png]] in the Tools Toolbar.
 
# Highlight your audio then '''Edit menu > copy'''
 
# Select a point in your empty track then '''Edit menu > paste'''
 
 
====Envelope====
 
Let's you control a tracks volume changes smoothly over time.
 
[[File:Audacity-envelope.png]]
 
 
#Select the envelope tool.
 
#Click a beginning, end, and middle point on your audio waveform.
 
#Click and hold on a point to increase or decrease the volume.
 
 
===Effects===
 
 
 
====Equalization====
 
Allows you to increase or decrease desired frequencies.
 
 
[[File:Audacity-Graphic-EQ.png|400px]]
 
 
====Noise Removal====
 
Removes unwanted background noise.
 
 
[[File:Audacity-Noise-Removal.png]]
 
 
====Normalize====
 
Increases the overall volume of your waveform equally.
 
 
[[File:Audacity-Normalize.png]]
 
 
 
 
===Exporting===
 
 
'''File > Export''' this command exports the entire project except muted tracks.
 
 
'''File > Export Selection''' this command exports only selected tracks.
 
 
'''Format:'''
 
 
Select .wav for a high quality uncompressed file but bigger file size.
 
 
Select .mp3 for a lower quality, compressed, but small file size.
 
 
===Additional Resources===
 
* [http://www.lynda.com/Audacity-5-tutorials/podcast-videocast-essential-training/214-2.html?srchtrk=index%3A1%0Alinktypeid%3A2%0Aq%3Aaudacity%0Apage%3A1%0As%3Arelevance%0Asa%3Atrue%0Aproducttypeid%3A2 Lynda.com video tutorial on podcasting with Audacity]
 
  
 
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