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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 - Audacity | Audacity Toolbars]]
====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
====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.
====Label track====
-this track allows you to add markers or regional markers to the whole project or individual tracks
====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>
'''Waveform view:''' vertical axis represents amplitude or loudness and the horizontal axix represents time.
'''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.
'''Listen to your project'''  hit the spacebar on your keyboard to Stop or Play
'''Zooming In/Out'''
helps you make accurate selections of your waveform.
====Selection Tool====
Highlight a portion of audio using your Selection Tool 
====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'''
Let's you control a tracks volume changes smoothly over time.
#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.
Allows you to increase or decrease desired frequencies.
====Noise Removal====
Removes unwanted background noise.
Increases the overall volume of your waveform equally.
'''File > Export''' this command exports the entire project except muted tracks.
'''File > Export Selection''' this command exports only selected tracks.
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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