The audacity of sound editing

Greetings all,

On the heels of our brief yet informative foray into the world of freeware sound editing, I think it serves us all to have a little bit of a debriefing on using Audacity. If you made it to the meeting, hopefully you feel a little bit more comfortable about simple sound editing with the free software editing program, Audacity. If you were unable to make it, then this post should hopefully answer a couple questions you might have.

First of all, here is a helpful electronic copy of the handout meeting attendees received on Tuesday:

As you can see, it’s quite small on the page and I encourage you all to either click on it to expand, or download it and print it out.

It’s extremely hard for me to try to summarize all we talked about at the meeting, which reiterates how helpful actually attending the meetings can be. We talked about a number of quick steps in Audacity including normalizing audio, noise removal, adding fade-ins and fade-outs, and combining audio tracks. In the interest of time, I will not go step by step through all of these editing techniques, but feel free to ask questions in the comments, and I’ll respond.

Being that it is a free and powerful program, there exists a great number of tutorials and step-by-step walkthroughs for Audacity around the web. There is also a “manual” available on the Audacity website.

I’ll update this post with some more tutorials as I find them, and please link to good ones you find around the web in the comments.

Hope to see you at our next meeting,

-Kevin Zieber

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