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Getting Started with Audacity

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16 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How To Install Audacity on Mac

    • 3. How To Install Audacity on PC

    • 4. How To Install Audacity on Linux

    • 5. How To Install Legacy Versions of Audacity

    • 6. How To Create A New Project in Audacity

    • 7. Overview of the Audacity Toolbars and Meters

    • 8. How To Change Sound Sources in Audacity

    • 9. How To Import Audio in Audacity

    • 10. How To Create A New Track in Audacity

    • 11. Understanding Audacity Track Settings

    • 12. How To Record in Audacity

    • 13. Basic Editing in Audacity

    • 14. Basic Mixing in Audacity

    • 15. How To Export Audio in Audacity

    • 16. Review

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In this course, you will learn the basics of the free audio recording and editing software, Audacity. Audacity works on Mac, PC, and Linux platforms.

Throughout the course, you will learn how to install Audacity, how to create projects, as well as how to record, edit, and export audio for your projects. 

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1. Introduction: other guys and welcome to the getting started without acid. Many course My name is paid on James and I'm the founder of Quick Start Sound, where I teach quick, easy to follow audio production tips and tutorials to beginners. So when the score someone to be walking you through the basics of the free audio software audacity and the cool thing about audacity is, it's not only free, but it's also supported on all platforms. So Mac, PC and Lennox users can all use it. So therefore, it's a great resource to have to be able to record, edit, mix and export audio for your productions to view more content and resource is or to contact me with questions or comments. Go to www dot quick start sound dot com, and I'll get back to you as soon as I possibly can. All right, let's dive. End of the course 2. How To Install Audacity on Mac: all right in this video, I'm going to show you how to install audacity on a Mac. Let's dive in. It's open up Google and go to audacity team dot org's and click on this, so bring you directly to the audacity of developers website. And if you're on a Mac, we will go to download and get a Mac right here. And then you will see the current version of Audacity for Mac and it says recommended downloaded latest version of audacity. And then, directly below that, you can see the instructions to go ahead and install it. So says left. Click on the Add acid E DMG link below. To go to the faucet, download Pidge. That's where their downloads air hosted, and then you'll just click on the relevant linked to start the download, and we'll go through that right here. So here is the DMG file. If you're going to install the latest version, just click on this. This will take you too far. Sub. I'll show you all their downloads here, and so will go to the audacity Mac OS TMG and just click to download it and then you can see it starts downloading And that will just go to your downloads Food folder on your Mac or wherever you have designated your downloads for. All right, So you just get to your downloads folder and you will double click on the DMG file. It will start opening here. It just shows you the installation instructions, so you'll just drag this audacity icon to your applications. And once that has installed, it'll show up right here in your applications folder. No, just double click on the density. It will say at acid is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it? Yes, it is. Trust. Ready. So they didn't open. Now you it pops up with the brand new audacity project. So that is how you download and install audacity onto your Mac. 3. How To Install Audacity on PC: in this video, I'm going to show you how to install audacity on PC or on a Windows machine. Let's dive in. All right. So let's look at how to install audacity on a PC. So we're in Google and we're gonna go to audacity team, not warg. Go ahead and click on their site here, and this is the the developers site for audacity, and we'll just hover over a download and get a windows right. And here you will see the latest version of audacity for Windows says recommended. Download is is the latest version of audacity, and it gives you an instruction Syria to follow to go ahead and download it. So this is very similar to the Mac. If you watch that video, you just go down toothy installer file right here, click on it and will take you to faucet dot com, where they store their downloads and you'll just click on the audacity Windows installer. And that will download the E X e file, and only you will do is open the e x e file, and you will follow the prompts to install it just like any other Windows program. So it's that simple. Just going back to the Windows Page. If you want to check your system requirements for the latest version, go ahead and click right here. This will take you down further on the page syrup here, so just scroll down the page a little bit to the system requirements. It will show you what version of Windows and what's recommended for each version of Windows that you may have. So if you happen to have an older version, you can do what's called legacy version and download like an older installation of an older version that's not supported anymore that will work on your machines. So if you have a Windows 98 machine or XP or something like that, you can give it to legacy Windows downloads. Now you got shows all your legacy systems here, and you could just follow the prompts for downloading and should be the same installation process for that, right? And that's how did the download install audacity on a PC 4. How To Install Audacity on Linux: in this video, I'm going to show you where to install audacity on Olynyk system. Let's dive in. All right. So if you have a Lennox machine, you will go to audacity Team that ward and you'll hovel hover over, download here and go down the Lennox. And it will show you the current version of audacity for Lennox and all of the information here for your Lennox system. And it will show you the system requirements needed for Lennox Machine. I am not very well versed on Lennox, but audacity works on that Mac PC and Lennox machines. And so it should be a similar process for for recording and editing and all that stuff in Lenox. But the installation might be a little bit different. Like I said, I'm not super well versed on that. But this should give you all the documentation you need in order to get it downloaded and installed on your machine 5. How To Install Legacy Versions of Audacity: Hey, guys, in this video, I'm going to show you how to install legacy versions of audacity. So if you have an older computer an older system that doesn't meet this system requirements of the latest version of audacity, you will want to download an older version or what's called a legacy version of audacity that will work on your machine. All right, let's dive in. All right. So I'm gonna go over real quick what a legacy version is and why you would want to install it on your machine. So if you're running, for example, on a Mac Ugo Audacity Team network, go to download and go to Mac. Okay. And as I said in a previous video, you'll see the current version here and all the system requirements needed. If you scroll down, you can see all the all the system requirements here, says audacity running OS X 10.7 on later, and that Catalina is not supported currently. And I m recruiting this river for Christmas of 2019 so it might not be supported yet on the newer Ah, Then you were OS versions that come out for Mac or windows, so we'll say I've recommended download here for your machine. But if you're operating on an old Mac if you're operating, if you're using an old Mac operating system, he can check out what's called a legacy version. And so it says, older Mac operating systems, Mac OS nine and Mac OS 10.0 through 10.6 can use what's called a legacy version. So you just go ahead and click on this still available link and you'll go to the Legacy. Mac. You can see um, and all the downloads here for each type of system that you may have for that, Uh, so that way, if you're running an older machine, you can still use audacity pretty cool. If you're using Windows, you go to download and windows and go down to the bottom here, and it will show you older visions of windows here, and you can just click on legacy windows downloads. I'll take you the legacy windows and again, this will show you all of the different older versions of audacity and which one is recommended for your specific system that you may have all right. So even if you're using an older machine or um you have a dedicated mission just for recording and editing and audacity or something. Ah, and it's, you know, not current up to date version of Mac or Windows. You can definitely check out these legacy versions, and it's pretty cool that it will work on these older machines so you don't have to keep upgrading to the new things. Like a lot of the, uh you know, more advanced audio software is continue to make you dio You can, you know, still still do. You recording and editing enought s the no matter how old your machine is. 6. How To Create A New Project in Audacity: in this video, I will walk you through, creating a brand new project in audacity. Let's dive in. All right. So let's go over how to create a new project and audacity. So once you have it installed, you will go to your applications folder or your programs folder, and you will just navigate Teoh audacity where we have it installed here and we'll just double quick and it will open up and it should open up a new session. There it is. Yes, this is a brand new audacity project. So if you already had audacity, open what you can do to get to a new session as you can go file new and it was just create a new project right here. Um, but upon launching audacity, it will just pop up with a brand new project recession. However you want to refer to it as and what I like to do is I like to go ahead and save the project with the name that I'm going to use for the project so I can just keep things organized and not have to worry about losing anything. So first thing I will do is I want you to file Save Project Save Project, as I was scared of my desktop here. And name this new project and hit Save all right, and you'll see the name change here at the top. This is what our project to see. That saved. As so every time I hit file save, um, or command us here. Every time I made changes, I can just hit save, and it'll be saved under this new project title. If I navigate to my finder, I will see on my desktop there is the brand new project that I created here. This is the dot a U. P. File, which is an audacity project file and also a folder that's created with the data in here. Nothing is in here right now, but if I were to start recording, there would be some data that is tracked in here. All right, so if you want to keep things even more organized, what you can do is just make a new folder, call it new project here, and then you can put both of these files into this one. Folders. You don't worry about keeping track of a bunch of stuff on your desktop. All right. So that's how you create and save a new project and audacity. So let's Ah, just real quick. If we were to close out of this and completely quit out of audacity, we can go to the desktop this folder I created and click on the new project dot a U P double Click that, and that's our new project file that we had open here that we saved earlier. All right, so any time you want to create a new project, just go to file new or that's command in on a Mac or control in on a PC, open up a new one and I'll just say audacity here at the top. See, in the background we have our new project session, and every time you create a new one, it'll pop over pop of in a new window. I'm thinking kind of get really unorganized here if you have too many open, so just pay attention to the title. That's appear. That's another reason I like to save it first, so we know which project I'm looking at and disclosed these out. And there you go. So let's go ahead and quit audacity again. This is all saved under this new project Fuller I created in these two files here. The audacity project in the new project data. All right, I'll see in the next video. 7. Overview of the Audacity Toolbars and Meters: and this video will be covering the audacity interface so that you can understand what all the tools, meters and functions dio. This will actually be the longest video of the course, but it covers a lot of really important tools and functions that you need to know. So I recommend watching through the whole thing. Harry, Let's dive in. All right. So let's take a quick look at the tool bars and audacity so you can understand what's going on in all these menus here. So first things first, we'll just start with the transport over here in the top left. So we have our pause, you hover over, you'll see any descriptions or tool tips that will that will show up and show you quickies as well for this. So this is Pause play. Stop, Skip To start, we're skipped to end and record right there. Right, So right next to it, we have all the different tools that we can use in audacity. So, first of all, we have the selection tool. This is called the envelope tool. The draw tool, zoom, tool, time shift tool in the multi tool. All right, so the selection tool is what is selected by default, and that will just allow you to you. Let me go ahead and record something real quick. Test test check took creature check. Right. So this will allow us to select within our recordings and audio files that we have imported . All right, so this will allow you to select space and delete it. If you would like or, you know, if we wanted to trim audio, we could do that as well. Um, so this is what is selected by default, the envelope tools a little bit different. And we won't go into this very much here in this course, But you can essentially make points to you change. Basically, automation for you were volume here. So if you wanted it to be super quiet, right, you could do that. Um, or as long as it possibly can. You can kind of automate that to where the wave forms kind of change based on how you have this envelope set. But that's a little bit more advanced. We don't want to go into that right now. So this is the pencil tool. This will allow you to draw on your ah, wait forms here so me zoom and really far here. So you can see we have these little dots that are basically the recreation of our wave form . So I'm, like, super zoomed in on our way form. Right? So these air individual samples. So if I wanted to, you could change how the way form actually looks. And this would be not so great to do this. But you can see that the way form here has changed rates. So that would actually cause a pop. Um, which would be unpleasant toe have. Right. But if you happen to have a pop like this, what you could do is you could use this pencil to one, go in and just quick and drag us down. Right? And this will actually smooth out that pop sound here. So that's when that can come in handy. If you didn't want to cut out that popping sound, he could smooth it over a little bit. Right? And our way for him isn't so drastic. There could even do that a little more. I don't spend a ton of time on this, but you get the idea you want to make it a little more gradual like that. So you won't Papa rate. So that's one instance he would use the pencil tool. All right, so the next one we have is the zoom tool. So by default, if you just have the zoom tool, if you can see this, it has a plus sign on the little magnifying glass here. So every time you click, it will zoom in, right. Resumed, weigh in. And if you would like to zoom out too, you can hold shift and click annual. Zoom out. All right. Right next to we have the time shift tool. And what will happen with this is we can shift our recordings on the timeline. So if I didn't want the recording right here, too, to be in this spot, I could just use this time shift tool and drag it to the right or to the left to start it whenever I would like to you. Right. So let's say I had multiple recordings. Let me just do that real quick. Check. Check. 12 check. 12 Right. So I can have multiple recordings here, and I can use the time shift tool to you click and drag. So if I wanted this to go out to eight seconds to roughly started. Eight seconds there. And this to start at five. It can do that that way. And have this startup read about one second. Okay, I can use the time shift tool that move these around. And just so you know, they will stop and snap to each other. If there is, ah, region right here, it won't go any further to the left or to the right. Right? And the multi tool is this last one here and allow you to use all of these functions dependent on how you have your Christer set. So if I were to hover right over here, I could use the envelope tool. Right? Undo that. I can use the selection tool here. If I had, like for hit control that brings up the zoom tool. I could go in shift control, we'll go out. And that's controlling a Mac, by the way, right and holding command and will allow me to use the time shift tool to move it to the left or right. So using this multi tool, I can just use a couple modifier keys to bring up one of the other tools or it could just use I'm low to old based on hovering right here or the selector tool hovering anywhere else right there. Right, So it's pretty cool. So you don't have to worry about switching to a new tool every single time, which will save quite a bit of time in your in your recordings here. So the immune, same time shift tool selection, tool envelope tour, like I'm using all of those zoom tour, All right. Can use all of those at the same time, so that's pretty handy to have. All right, so moving on to the next little toolbar here, this is actually our audio monitoring meter here. So when you're recording, you will see how loud you are Anyone you're playing back, you will see how loud that the audio is That's playing back. But if you're not recording yet, you can actually click this little microphone and symbol here, and you can start monitoring, so just click and it start monitoring. And this will show me the levels that I'll be recording at, um and then tell me if any into adjust my levels for when I'm ready to start recording so I'm not actually recording or playing back anything here. This is just simply monitoring a little serious so I can click that again and hit. Stop monitoring, Um, and that will go away. I also have the ability to go toe into options here, and I can change the meter style meter type orientation if I want it vertical or horizontal . Um, I can do whatever I want to customize it here, but I just like to leave this kind of the standard default setting here so you can do the same thing with the playback level. This is our playback level meter. So if I were the go ahead and click here and hit this play button, right, you can see that That's our playback level right there. Next, we have our recording and playback settings here. So there's a video specifically for changing your sound sources that you need to check out . But you can see that this is the drop down menu for your audio host. Your are your input, your audio output right here. And if you want to record in mono or stereo directly to the right of that, you have the recording level So if you wanted to you if you had to recording level set a little higher and you needed to drag him down. You could do that here just with this little Slater. But if you wanted to, you change the playback setting. You could do that as well. So this won't actually let me control the recording level simply because I'm using my audio interface right now. But I can control the playback volume right there. Okay, so that is all that is for usually. Don't mess with that if I'm using an interface. But if I'm using my built in microphone, um, and built in speakers that might wanna change the recording level and playback level here. So this right here will change the playback speed. So it's set at just normal speed. But if you wanted to, you speed up the playback. You will make the selection of the audio. You want to play back at a higher speed. For example, three x. You make the selection here, and then you hit the play button or slow it way down. Sweet, unbearably slow right there. So let's do this. All right, so that is a little bit fun to play around with If you would like to hear, you know, different speeds. But you would want to go ahead and just leave that one. Okay? And in order to bring up that level, that it just double click that here in a lousy to you. Use this later. Here. Type in a value in case you missed that up and can't get it back to where you want it. Okay. And then here, we simply have are cut copy and paste commands these air commands in order to trim audio so we can do. Let's say we have this selected right here. I'm gonna take this formal title, so it's easier to see. Say, I just wanted to select this audio here. I can use this trim button to just trim out the audio that I don't have selected. Right. Identify for some reason. Wanted to you insert silence. I could select this part here. Say this is a mistake, but I wanted to keep the timing over everything. I can answer silence right here. But cooking that, do that real quick and undo that shrimp before, all right. And then this is your undo button in your redo button as well as your zoom in Zoom out buttons. If you don't want to use the tool, you can choose to fit the selection to the width. So what that means is, when you hit this, whatever you have selected will become the width of the screen here. So let me just show you I have this selected This will take up this whole part right there , just like that. Right? So zoom out, zoom in, Fit to whip is your back out. Right. And then this will fit the entire project to the width of the screen. So go ahead and click that, for example. So that's all the tracks we have here in our session. Right? So let's say I had it zoomed out like this. Um, no matter what my selection is, it will take these very beginning of our of our project to the very end and fit it to the width of the screen Here. Too sick. That and then this zoom tuggle, which allows you to, um basically you wanted to zoom way in and then zoom back out to where you were. He could use the zoom taco button. So This is your timeline right up here is a show zero seconds. 1234 seconds and so on. And this is our click to Penn button. So basically all this means is how it's going to scroll when we're playing back and recording. So, for example, say we started playback here and but we have more audio going on after this. Right? Monkeys human, so you can see it a little better. Let's say we started a playback here, but we still have audio over here, right? So this is how it looks when you normally play it back. Such a scrolls based on the page. So it's not constantly moving the timeline. It's just keeping the screen here, and it's just moving the play head as it plays through. But if you click to Pin, then as soon as you start playing, it will scroll along with your play head. See that? So it's constantly scrolling as you're playing Packer recording, so I like to keep that off. But that's a personal preference. So do whatever makes sense to you. Next we have our project rate. So this is the sample rate in which the project is being recorded in. I'm using 96,000 right now, and that is a little bit overboard for what you actually need. Typically, you want to do you 48,000 or 44.1 kilohertz. Um, but this allows you to do this. You want to make sure that your your session is set to the right sample right before you start recording, and you don't want to change it. He has a view. If you start recording at a certain sample rate and then you change your project sample rate, it will play back at a different speed. And so it'll sound like super slow mo were sped up, depending on how you changed it. So you want to make sure that you set your your sample re and that you don't change that? All right, for the snap to feature, discover this really quickly that, um, have to zoom in to show you how this works. But essentially, anytime you click on the timeline, this will snap. Right now it's set the off, so I won't snap to anything. But if I zoom in here, you can see her timeline says 5.6905 point 6915.692 etcetera. Right? So if I had the snap to nearest, if I were to click the selection right here, that's a little over half way between 0.6901 point 691 so it will snap the cruiser. The play head will snap to the nearest grid, essentially eso the nearest second or thousands of the second rate. So it'll do that even though if I had it off right for having off, it's it'll be right where I click, right? But if I said it's a nearest, it will snap on over to this 0.691 Great. And if I had the selected here, like no matter where I clicked here, it'll go to the nearest one. Right, So right here is nearest to this. Over here is nearest to this one's a little snap when I click there. Okay, so if I were to do prior, it's similar, but it doesn't get a nearest one that goes to the one prayer. So even if I am close to the 5.693 right here, but I'm not quite there. Even though I click there, it won't. It will snap back to this 0.69 to you, right? So if I were to you select just behind this, it'll snap to the prayer measurement. If they keep it off, it won't snap it all. So I like to keep that off since I'm not working with bars and beats or or frames for video or anything like that. So, um, I just like to keep that off. So this right here, the audio position will show you exactly on the timeline Where your cursor is. Your play head is. So this is hours, minutes and seconds. So right now it's at zero hours zero minutes in 5.854 seconds. So this will show you if you have a selection, I'll show you the start and end of the selection. So let's say that I'm I'm right here and I select this. It will show me the start 5.85 seconds where my play head starts. My selection starts and 6.139 seconds is where it ends, okay? And I can also choose different things here so I can say start in length of selection, so that means that it will be The start of my selection is 5.85 seconds. And then it will also show me this is the length of my selection is 0.289 seconds. I can do length and end of selection. So this is the length of my selection. And this is the end of point of my selection. And I could do length of the selection here in center of the selection. So it's the exact center point of the selection is 5.995 seconds. Okay, I usually just leave this that starting. And But if I do want to see the length of the selection, I can choose one of these rate. So that is he a brief overview of the audacity system and just all the toolbar. So you can understand what's going on in all of these here. So hopefully that helps you understand what's going on and your audacity sessions. So if you have any questions, feel free to reach out, and I will continue to make content on the different features that you can use here as well some more advanced futures. So I will see you in the next video 8. How To Change Sound Sources in Audacity: in this video, I'm going to show you how to change your sound sources and audacity and why it's important to get this right from the very beginning. Let's dive in. All right. So let's go over the sound sources and audacity. So what I mean by that is the device that you'll use for your input. Such is your microphone or your output, such as your speakers interface headphones or just your computer speakers, Right? So first of all, I'll show you the actual menu for this will go to audacity and preferences. We'll go to devices here. So right here will see the host, which is basically the way that your computer sound card interacts with audacity. And for Mac, this is core audio. Okay, so Well, usually just leave this to the default setting here, Um, must you have something specific that you would like to use differently? And so, for playback, this will be the device that will be playing the audio back to us so we can monitor and hear what we've recorded or what we're currently recording. So the playback device can be the built in output, which is your your Mac computer or your PC or you can change the device here to your interface. I have a bunch of other things here is to just don't worry about that. Ah, but typically, you'll see the built in output. And if you have an interface plugs and you'll see the interface here, so just go ahead and change our play back to our interface, because that is what I'm using to record and listen back through. And then the recording device here shows the built in microphone. So this is my laptops microphone, which I do not want to use. You want to be careful that you make sure you have the correct sources chosen. Otherwise, you might accidentally record your voice with your built in microphone on your Mac book or your PC. Instead of using your actual your microphone plugged into your interface. You want to make sure that this is set correctly so we'll change this to the interfaces Well, and we'll just leave this as Manu. If you're gonna be recording voices or just a single instrument, you'll most likely be using Manu. Um, so I'll just leave that here, and this is your buffer link down buff Buffer length can't talk buffer length down here in your late and see compensation. So basically, that just means how long it will take Teoh process information And if it needs the buffer at all, If you keep having your computer freeze up while you're trying to record or playback audio , you want to increase the buffering here. But we'll just see that set to 100 milliseconds for now and hit. OK, All right, so we are for sure set up here it changed. Appear at the top. You can see as well we're for sure set with our audio host as core audio. Our input device is our microphone that's plugged into the interface. So this is my interface here, right? And the playback devices also my interface because I have my headphones plugged into the interface itself and will be recording just mono tracks. Okay, so again, you wanna go to audacity preferences and in the devices section, you can change your recording or playback devices here, and I will go ahead and save this. So it's giving me this morning of an empty project. So what happened before I started recording was I tested it out by opening a new track, creating a new track. And I closed that before I started recording. And so this is just warning me that if I were to save this like it is now, I will get rid of the tracks that were previously there and basically override it, and I will no longer have that was tracks in the session. So it's really good that this pops up just in case you don't He don't remember that you had tracks open that were just in case you accidentally hit the safe key command or something like that. So, um, I do you want to go ahead and over at that and just leave it blank like this, so it Yes, all right. So that is how you change the recording and playback devices in audacity. And, uh, as you could see, the menu is right here. So if you wanted to change it to your built in microphone, you could just do that just by clicking this drop down menu. Same with the playback device here. And if you wanted to change to you, stereo recording can right there as well. So pretty easy. And ah, also super important to Dio because I have definitely recorded with the wrong microphone by not checking that beforehand. And it is a pain to have to re record everything. So make sure that you get this correct. I'll see in the next video. 9. How To Import Audio in Audacity: in this video, I will show you how to import audio into audacity. This is one of the most common functions you're going to use in the software. So really important that you understand this one. All right, let's dive in. All right, So let's go over how to import audio into audacity. So I'm going to use the previous new project file that I created in on acid E. So there's two ways that I could go about opening this so I could just navigate to you my finder on my desktop and go to this folder I had created and just double click this new ah new project Audacity Project file, and that will open up that will open up our previous session here. But I'm going to go ahead and quit out of this and show you that you could also just open up audacity in your applications folder here. Okay? And we can see this is just a blank session here, and I can go to file open and navigate to you. My you know, there's there's my desktop, him a new project folder and then the new project Audacity file open. And that brings up our new project session. Or I could go to you file open recent new project and there is our new project file here. So a few different ways you can go about it. Whatever is quickest and easiest for you. Um, I usually just like Teoh, navigate to my desktop, get a new project and open the new project file right here. If you try to open one that's already hoping like this, it'll give you this area here. It says it's already open. Can't have the same product open twice. So that's how you open it. So let's go ahead and import some audio. So we're gonna go to file imports audio and they quicky for this is a shift Command, I If you're on a PC, it shift control I and the reason you might want to import audios. If you already have something recorded or you want to import music or something like that, any type of audio or sound effects, anything you want to import into your session here, you can just go through this command. So shift command, I her shift control I on a PC, and then you will just navigate Teoh any audio files that you have that you want to import into your session. All right, so I have some files on my desktop that I want to import, so it's gonna desktop, and there's four files here that I wanna import into my session. So I'm just gonna start with one import track one and only need to do is just click on that and then to select it and then hit open and that will import the file into the session here . All right, I'm gonna go ahead and close this track right here. I'm gonna show you how to import multiple tracks to get a file import audio. You can just select here by holding shift and clicking on all the files that you want to have selected. So these, therefore different tracks, and I'll go ahead and hit open. All right. So you can see that track one track to track three and track for all imported. And they all started at the start of this session here. Now, if I were toe play, this back has sound really messy. If he's didn't all go together, it would sound super hectic, you know, all playing over each other at the same time. So you say, if this was like four separate recordings of yourself, you would want to make sure that they were lined up to where they made sense here. Ah, if you wanted to keep them on separate tracks, you can, um or you could decide to you put it up on the first track like this, and then just go ahead and get rid of that cutting and pasting here on a cut and paste. If this was like, um, a podcast or a YouTube channel just spliced those together and get rid of these extra tracks. Just got zoom out a little bit and you could see that these air different volumes for sure . So you do want to make sure that your volumes adjusted, which will go over here in a little bit. But if you wanted to keep them all in one track, that is the way to do it. So let's say, for example, I'm gonna go ahead and close this track that I wanted to import my voice and a music track underneath it and will say that Track one is my voice and tracked Track four is the music track with a file import audio and track one and four. I will select and then hit open. There we go. It imports Track one and track four. And if I wanted to do it this way, I could have, you know, my voice talking in the music track, playing underneath it at a lower volume to make it a little more engaging and not just the sound of my voice. Right. So that is how you can do that. And you can adjust volume and panning and all types of settings over here, which we'll get into in one of the future videos. But I just want to show you that again. That is file import audio or a shift command. I on Mac or shift control I on a PC. I'll see you in the next video. 10. How To Create A New Track in Audacity: in this video, I'll show you how to create a new track and audacity. Let's dive in. All right, So let's go over How to create in new track and audacity is actually pretty simple. I will show you you will go to tracks. Add new mono track. So if it's just your voice, evil would be using a mono track. If you are gonna be using a stereo track such as a music file, you would use stereo track. Um, a. Typically, you'll just use mono track. That's probably the most common that you'll come across. There's also label track in time track, which is a little more advanced. We will get into you later, not in this mini course, but as I continued, put out more content. And if you have any questions with that, feel free to let me know. Um, but so let's go ahead and go detracts. Add new mono track. So that is shift command in or it is shift control in on a PC. All right, and so that just creates a brand new track right there. And it is labeled audio track, which it's probably a good idea. It's your name. The track so you don't get confused and disorganized when you're using your session. Right? So, um, where you can do is use this little drop down menu here. And you can change the name Yes, by clicking on name and then change this to you way super. Okay. And then you get it. Changes the name of the track right there. I say again that his tracks add new mono track or a shift command in on Mac or shift control in on PC. All right, I'll see in the next video. 11. Understanding Audacity Track Settings: in this video, it will cover the various tracks, settings and audacity so that you can understand what's being displayed to you and how to make your desired changes. Let's dive in. First of all, I want to show you that if you wanted to, you close any tracks right here. You just hit this x button. Or you could use thes shift. See quickie to close the track. Scranton, click that and that closes out that track there. If I were needed to undo, I would just hit command Z toe, undo or use this undo button here. And I'm going to redo that cause I don't want that. They're okay. Okay. Second of all that, you can use this menu right here. This will drop down a whole bunch of stuff that you can change. We've gone over the name Rumi. You just click that and you can change the name or you can choose to move the track up or down, or to the top, to the bottom of the project. Okay, so if I move this to the bottom, it would go all the way down to the very bottom track here. I wanted to do it that way. There's only two, so I just switched places there. But I can also choose to move it up. Remove it down one, right. You also have the ability to change how the audio is measured. If you want to see the wave form, you want to see the decibel meter here. You're going to see the Spectra. Graham like this can choose to do that. I have a recommend this using the way for him setting. You can also choose different colors here, if you would like. But I'm fine with blues. I'm gonna leave that to the default, see a default setting. I can choose to change the format which had don't recommend doing, um, unless you wanted a specific effect like that. But you can change the format if you need Teoh and then the sample rate as well. Remember when I said that you want to keep the project rate a certain way, you want to set it to you 48 kilohertz or whatever? You're setting it to you and not change it because it will change how fast or slow it plays back. So he wanted to be really careful with changing the sample rate, but that is an option that you have there under sample rate. Okay, Next we have our mute button, so when you mute it, it will gray it out and Onley this track will play. As you can see, the solo button was selected on this because it's the only other track that's playing so every click toe a Knute every year It it is no longer greeted out, so it'll playback. Hey, if we choose solo, it'll gray out all the other tracks that are in the session and will only keep this one so it will only play the tracks that soloed. You can also choose to solar multiple tracks at once by holding down shift and then clicking solo on these track. See both of these air Solo it. Now, you can also see the details of the track here, so this shows that it's a mono track 48 kilohertz. And then this is a stereo file of 44.1 kilohertz. So we want to make sure that this is set Teoh the same as our session. Okay, see how that changed the timing of it? It's the same exact audio file because we changed sample rate. It makes it faster because we increased the sample rate. It makes it play back a little bit faster. Then how It was at 44.1 kilohertz. Next, you have this little button here that says collapse and this will shrink the size of the track like this. You can do that with both of these tracks. And then if you want to, you can choose to you collapse. I'm collapse. Expand? Um, it's track as well. Next, you can choose to select the track. So say you had a bunch of tracks going on in the session. Um, you could just simply choose to select the track, and that will highlight it. And also bring this yellow border around the track and show that it is the track that is in focus. Right? And you can also choose to resize the track so you can just hover over the bottom of this track here to wear this little symbol shows up, and this will allow you to click and drag to change the size of the track. And keep in mind that it will show and there is show more information as you expand it and it will get rid of some stuff as you collapse it down smaller. So you can do that with the check there. It serves the basics of the track settings and audacity. Let me know if you have any questions, and I will see you in the next video. 12. How To Record in Audacity: in this video, I'm going to show you how to record audio and audacity. Let's dive in so very first things first we would make sure we have our project open, and it is named how we want it to be named to keep things organized. Like I said in that previous video, right. But we also want to make sure that our recording device is set to the microphone that we're actually using in or play back device is set to the device we're actually using, so we want to make sure we get audacity preferences. Look at our devices and make sure it's set to our interface. If we're using an interface that were whatever you may be using, make sure that that's correct before you get started recording. And then you also want to make sure that your project rate is set to what you want it to be . I recommend just using 48 k 48,000 hertz or for the killer hurts. So if I said Katie, I mean kilohertz, right? So that's a pretty standard sample rate that you'll want to use, and so we just make sure that that is set where you want it before you start recording. Otherwise, it's going to you play back at different speeds if you happen to change that, right? So So we'll make sure that that is all set and good to go. And then we will create a new tracks that we can get started recording. So we'll go to tracks at New Mono Track or shift Command in. They're pops up with our new track and we will open this menu here and click on name. So we will change the name. And I'm just gonna call that my recording and hit OK, All right. So for this example, is just gonna be me recording my voice. And I want to make sure that I'm recording from the very beginning of the session. So I'll make sure that this is at the very start of the session that my audio position is at zero hours zero minutes 0000 there. Right. So, um, it can change based on your preferences, but that's where I want to start, is just from the very beginning and not have to worry about it. Okay, So when I am a ready to record all I need to dio is hit this little record button here and I will begin recording. And then when I'm ready to stop, I can hit the stop button or the space bar key will also stop that recording. Okay, so here we go. 321 Testing, testing. Hello? Check. This is my recording. Hello? And I'm gonna hit Stop, Right? And so since I was talking after this, I don't want that to be part of it. I'm gonna go ahead and just delete this. I'm just using this select tool, right? And selecting on the timeline what I don't want And I'm just gonna hit the delete key, and that gets rid of that. They're okay. So in the next video, we'll go over a couple of quick editing things that you can dio. I just want to show you that there. All right, so if you want a quick he when you have a track ready and your play had ready wherever you want to start recording, Um instead of having to hit this button every single time, you can just hit the r key. And that's the same on both Mac and PC. So when I have the r button I began recording just like that. And then hit space bar is when I'm done right? And then if I wanted to do you a brand new track As soon as I start my recording, I can choose to put the play head wherever I want, and I can go ahead. And if you hover over this, you can see the tool tip if you happen to forget. But record to new track is shift our So if I do shift our they're going, I'm recording to a brand new track. Created a new track for me. Um, what I would recommend is that you create a new track before you start recording and name it. How you want. Um, that way you don't forget to name, and then you just have a file named audio Track there. Right? So I would recommend creating a track and naming at first, but that is a handy trick to know. So again, that is, just are to go ahead and start recording, or you can use the ah little button up here and just click it and you will be recording. And when you're ready to stop, hit to stop but in here or space bar, and you will stop recording. All right. So that is how you record an audacity. I will see you in the next video. 13. Basic Editing in Audacity: in this video, I'm going to show you some very basic editing functions that you can use an audacity. Let's dive in. All right, So let's go over how to make some quick edits once you have recorded and Ah, nasty. Okay, So really basic thing that you can do is you can just make a selection on the empty space that you don't want in audacity. And you can just make that selection have hit the delete key, and that will not only delete the selection you've made here, but it will shuffle everything over. So there's not just an empty space there, just a gap there. And that results in silent audio and your recordings, right? When you export just long gaps like that, that just translates to silence. So if you want to get rid of this and hit, delete and then get rid of this here hit delete there, this will run red together. Okay, so we'll get rid of this empty space at the beginning and hit delete. And I don't want any of this here. This is me, um, saying when you're ready to hit stop, you'll hit. Stop, right. So I don't want any of this year. I'll go and delete that, all right? And I don't want this tale and read here. So just like to fade in a little bit. Um, and how I do that is I go to effect and he got to feed in, and that's it. And you can see all undo it real quick. And then when I hit the redo button, you'll see that it changes the way form a little bit of zoom in as well. You can see the well just could have effect fade in. And there you can see it gradually fades in the audio there. All right, so another thing I want to do is every time there's a cut made here, I want to make sure those don't have a pop or clicking sound from making those cuts right there. So I will fade out this audio here and it will snap two year the end of your region here. Do you have to worry about missing anything? Do that and hit effect, feed out okay and then do the same thing here will do affect fade in again. We'll fade out our audio we don't want I'll actually get rid of this here, delete that I could do effect feed out and then effect fade in and then I'll fade it out at the very end, I'll do a little bit longer of a fade out okay of the effect fade out. There we go. I have my audio all stitched together here where I've made my edits And that should be one seamless recording that fades in and out and doesn't cause any unwanted pops and clicks in my recordings. So that is how you do the gentle fade in and fade outs. I do want to show you one more thing. Uh, that can come in handy for sure when you're recording. So say, I want to you trim a selection here. We went over it with ease with these buttons over here, but I'll show you a quickie. That's really cool. If you want to, you just make a selection right here of this little clip and you wanted to trim it and get rid of everything that's not in this election to dio. This button right here is called from audio outside of selection. But you can also see the quickie is command t So if you hadn't hit command t in that got rid of everything outside of that selection for that region, I just under that. And if I hit command T again, they gave it. Just trims everything outside of the selection that I made so that can come in handy. Um, another thing is the silence selection, which was the command l right. So if we just didn't want any of the audio here, but we wanted to keep this for some reason, we wanted to keep this here in our session. Just hit command l and that will make it all completely silent right there. Okay, I'm gonna undo that. And one more thing I wanted to show you really quick is if you make a selection. Remember how I said if you deleted it, it shifts everything over, um, and gets rid of everything completely that you had there. But if you made a cut, it would do the same thing. Um, and then you could paste that, you know, later on in your session. Do both of those. But you can do is you can use what's called a split cut or split delete. And what will happen is this section will get cut or deleted, but it won't shift everything over. It'll just retain this space right here. So we'll go. I'll show you what I mean. Here I'll go to edit, remove special Do split defeat. The quick key for this is option command K. And there we go. So that deleted this without shifting over this region right here, over over to this, then of this region. So go ahead and do that. And I can also do at it. Remove special split cut. It does the same thing, and it cuts out the audio that you can paste later on. Here in the session will hit paste. And that is our selection from right here that we had. But it didn't shift this over to the end of this region boundary. Okay, so if you wanted to retain that little gap here, you could do that. And then you could use your time shift tool to move this region a little bit closer for their way. Whatever you wanted to do with that, right? Just keep in mind if you're going to use this function that any gaps right here are going to be complete silence. So if you have music underneath, it might be a good good thing to have, you know. Ah, toe have little gaps and re pacing or whatever you need to do. But if you're just going Teoh, use giant gaps. Just remember, it's gonna be silence, and your audience is gonna wonder what the heck's going on. Right? So just keep that in mind when you using that. Go ahead and undo that. Yeah. So there was a ref. You really basic editing tips that you will use a ton in your edits once you've recorded your audio. All right, I will see in the next video. 14. Basic Mixing in Audacity: in this video, I'm going to show you the very basic mixing functions and audacity. So let's dive in. Alright, guys. So let's talk about some really basic level mixing techniques that you'll use. So, first of all, I just want to say that on the session I've pulled in a ah drumbeat and then when I have as a voice over here now, this voiceover was recorded at a pretty low level. And then this drumbeat is you know, it's recorded a master at a higher level. So, um, I want to show you that you can go ahead and use this slider right here. If you click and hold where this plus and minus slider is, click and hold that will say gain, and this will change the volume level of your track. So if you have the music here and it is we louder than your voice over, you want to make sure that you turn this down to where your dialogue has always heard. So if it's a podcasts, YouTube video, whatever it may be that has dialogue in it, you will always want to have that at the front and center. You don't want music overtaking that. Otherwise people aren't going to hear your content and not understand what's going on. And it's just ah whole mess, right? So you want to make sure that your music is not overtaking your dialogue. So for the sake of this example, used a voice over here in music track and I went ahead and turn this down. Okay, so I'm actually going to turn up the voiceover as well. Now, plus eight and minus 16 is actually pretty drastic changes. I wouldn't suggest that, but for the sake of this video, I'm gonna going to do that. Just because this is so much louder than the voice over is okay. Next, I want to show you that there is the little slighter here that says L and R, and this is your pan slider. So what painting means is how much of the audio is coming out of the left speaker, the right speaker or the center? So if it's perfectly in the middle and centered, that means that is coming equally out of the left and right speaker to make it sound like it's coming from directly in front of you. If you're slider is in the middle. That's typically, will you, where you will want you were dialogue to be out. Unless you're trying to create, in effect, that makes it sound like somebody is over to the left of you or to the right of you. You will complete typically want to keep that centered. And then your music. He will also want to keep centered. All right, So when you're mixing your audio together, you want to make sure that your voice is being heard and that the music below it isn't way too loud. I mean, even turned this down a little bit lower thing, all right? And so I can make adjustments from there. I can see that. Okay, I could clearly hear my voice. Um, and the drums were a little bit low, so just just a little bit of an experimental phase here and see how it sounds now. All right. And when you have your panning in your volume exactly how you want it, you will then be ready to export your audio. So we will go over that in the next video. We'll see you there. 15. How To Export Audio in Audacity: in this video, I will walk you through the process of exporting your final audio so that you can release your awesome content to the world. Let's dive in. All right. Now that you have finished recording importing your audio and editing everything to your liking, you are ready to export your audio, right? And in order to export your audio, you'll something. Give it to file export and then export audio in this shift Command E or shipped Control E if you're on a PC and this will bring up your, uh, your dialog box here to choose the name of your experts always call it my export. You know, we'll go to the desktop and into new project and will actually create a new folder and just call it exports and then I will save it there. This will bring up a dialog box to edit metadata attacks. And what this means is you can choose the name, the track number album title, all this data that will show up on if you're, you know, using a podcast that will show up on the podcast player. If you burn it to a CD, it would show up in your on your CD player and show you the text of what the artist name is . The name of the track, etcetera. Right. So this is actually pretty good toe have in order to you. You know, if somebody else has your audio and they want to see the name and the artist's name, uh, it's it's actually pretty important toe have, and it actually helps a lot with podcasting. So just a good idea to do the track name and the artist name, if nothing else. Okay, So I'm just going to call this quick start sound in the tracks headed will be my export. Okay. And I won't worry about this right now. If you wanted to add more, you can have more boxes here. Um, if you want to remove boxes, you can You know, if you wanted to get rid of this number, it's off where, like, all that stuff, you can do that there, Right? And when you're done, just hit, okay? And that should have exported. It's a pretty short Austin 12 2nd piece of audio here, so I'll just navigate to it and show you to finder new project on the desktop exports and there it is, my export. So just real quick. When you are exporting, you gotta file export audio. And ah, you want to make sure when you're naming it, He's implemented in my export. Right here is where you choose the file type. So you would typically want to do wave files. But if you have specific requirements that thank you do MP three or some other file type, you can choose that here in this drop down menu. And she is whatever you want. Um, whatever you need, Teoh, whatever you need to export it as But I highly recommend you do 24 bit PCM where you file when you're export. Okay? And it saved. I have already exported my expert that wave Do I want to You replace that? Yes. And I'll just sleep at the same and hit. Ok, and there it is. That is my replaced audio file. So if I wanted to go ahead and import what I have, can you go to file import audio or shift command? I go to the desktop new project exports my expert. That wave and hit open. There you go. You can see this is my exported file that I have here. Okay, So these are the two ones that I mixed together and then that became this file here. That is how you export audio with audacity. I will see in the next video. 16. Review: in this video, I will do a quick walk through and review of all the functions we've learned in this audacity course. Let's dive in. All right, So let's review what we've learned in on acid e. So if we want to open up a new session, we goto applications, find audacity and double click to open it. This will open a brand new session on audacity, and we will go ahead and get a file save Project Save Project as. And we will create a new folder called Review and I will save a session told Review. Okay, so now we can see that the name of the session has changed. If I go back to Finder my desktop, see the Review folder and the Review Audacity, Project file and any data associated with that file. Okay, before we get started to believe it, look at our project rate and choose 48 kilohertz. Whatever your desired sample rate is, make sure that that's correct before you get started and then also goes your audacity preferences and look at the devices page here. Make sure the recording and playback devices air set toe have you want remember built in output is your, Ah, the output on your computer. For example, I'm using a Mac book. It's the built in speakers on my Mac book where if I had my headphones plugged in, it would go through the built in output from my Mac book or ever choose my interface If I'm using my interface, Same with the recording device. You choose that as well. She was mono or stereo. Here usually get with mono if you're recording your voice. No hit. Okay, If I want to import audio, I can go to file import audio shift Command. I navigate to where my audio is that I want to import. Select which ones I want to import it open, and they will import accordingly. If I want to close some tracks and get rid of them from the session, I can go ahead and close them by hitting the X button on the Associated Track to get rid of it right? And if I want to create a new track, I go to track add new motto tracker Shift Command, and from here I can name the audio track by opening this menu, clicking on name calling a review track okay. If I want to record, I will give it to these start of this session and I can just hit the record button here or hit our check. 12 Hello. Testing 12 Space bar to stop. You can choose Teoh. Get rid of the empty space here. If I would like where I can just make a selection and use the trim Key command or they hit this button here, it's command T and get rid of the empty space there. And I can use the time shift tool to shift the audio wherever I want to. On the timeline I was. Snap it to the beginning Here, use the selector tool and make the selection, and I will fade in good effect, fade in and then fade out at the end effect feed out. And then when I'm ready to export my track, what's a school to file export audio or shift command E. On the in this review Export and Shears 24 bit PCM. Where you file It's safe, you know, we'll name this quick start sound is the artist's name in the track title as review export . Okay, and now that has been exported, right. And once my audio has been exported, I can navigate to the finder, go to my review project. Actually, it saved it in new project with under exports. And there it is. Review export. If I wanted to, you move that to new spot. I can just click and drag to you my review folder. Do that there. Okay, so if I wanted to import that into the session should look exactly the same because it didn't make any changes to this. Really? Let's go to file import audio or shift command, I go to review click review export and open. Now it is. Yep. It looks exactly the same. And then I'll go ahead and get a file, save project or command us. Make sure that saved. Right. There you go. That is your basic overview of audacity. If you have any questions, let me know. Super excited for you guys to get started recording awesome content and just stay in the loop on the quick start sound website and block. Guys, thanks so much for watching. And I will see you later.