Video Essay - Audacity
Open Audacity found in the applications folder.
File > Import > Audio navigate to the audio files that you want to import
Save your project
- File > Save Project
- navigate to your hard drive and create a folder with your name and save it to that folder.
- This folder will contain all your audio files and edit information so you can continue to work on different computers so keep this folder and it's information contained.
- Save Often! preferably after every edit
Tools Toolbar - chooses various tools for:
- selection or "I-beam" tool
- volume adjustment or envelope tool
- zooming -
- time-shifting - move audio waveforms horizontally within your project
- multi-function tool
Meter Toolbar - displays levels for playback and recording
Mixer Toolbar - controls the mixer settings of the sound card
Transcription Toolbar - plays audio at a slower or faster speed, affecting the pitch
Edit Toolbar - cut, copy, paste, trim, silence, undo, redo, sync-lock, zoom
Tracks > Add new > Audio track, Stereo track, Label track, or Time track
Track Control Panel: allows you to
- rename the track
- provides sample information
- mute or solo the track,
- increase volume for the track
- pan left-right function
Tips for organizing your project
- keep a copy of your original track
- use labels to identify portions of a recorded track
- Copy portions from your original track and paste into a new audio track - this will become your working track
- Mute your original track when you're done with it
Listen to your project hit the spacebar on your keyboard to Stop or Play
Label tracks and take notes of your project Listen to your audio and make labels.
Go to Tracks > Add New > Label Tracks
Zooming In/Out helps you make accurate selections of your waveform.
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.
Open a blank track - this will be your working pallet. Tracks > Mono track or Stereo Track
Highlight your audio then Edit menu > copy
Select a point in your empty track then Edit menu > paste
File > Save Project
Removes unwanted background noise.
Increases the overall volume of your waveform equally.
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.
- Mute all the tracks you don't want to be apart of your final mix
- File > Export - exports the entire project except muted tracks
- or File > Export Selection - exports only selected portion of your project
- Name your project. When exporting your final mix, name the file with "mix" so you can easily differentiate it from other source audio files.
- Choose your Audio File Format
- Select .wav for a high quality uncompressed file but bigger file size.
- Select .mp3 for a lower quality, compressed, but small file size. This is the format you should use to upload to your class Canvas site.