Delay feature in Audacity

Delay feature in Audacity

Delay feature in Audacity: We are here with one more interesting feature in Audacity: the delay feature. The delay function is very simple and easy to use. You can easily use the delay function for creating a multiple echo effect. In addition, you get a lot of options with the echo effect. You can change the delay time between two echoes. Furthermore, you can change the number, pitch, and amplitude of the successive echoes.

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The Delay function in Audacity is available in the effects option. You can follow the given steps to access it:

  • Click on effects
  • Click on delay option

Types of delays

The main three types of delays are there in Audacity. They include:

  • Regular- The regular delay helps you to delay each echo by the same amount.
  • Bouncing ball- In bouncing ball delay, the echoes occur faster
  • Reverse bouncing ball- in the reverse bouncing ball delay, the echoes occur slower than the preceding ones.


The level of delaying per echo and delay time

dB is the unit that represents the delay level per echo. This is basically the amount of delay after each echo. If the dB is less and more negative, it will lead to very less volume echoes. And a positive value of dB will increase the loudness of the echo. If the dB is set to zero, then it will not make any changes to the volume. Thus, the volume remains the same.

Seconds is the unit that Audacity uses for the measurement of Delay time. This is basically the time between any two echoes.

The pitch change effect

This effect has two features. Specifically, being a change in the pitch or tempo, and LQ pitch shift. The change in pitch/ tempo feature will help you in changing the exact pitch of the echo. This works just like the change speed effect. It will speed up the audio if you increase it. And, it will slow down the audio if you decrease the pitch.

The next one is the LQ pitch shift. It changes the pitch, but maintains the same tempo. The sound quality of the echo will be lower in this effect.

Pitch change per echo and number of echoes  

The pitch change in each echo is measured using semitones. It helps you control the semitones in which the echoes will change the pitch. In addition, the number of echoes control the production of echoes.

Allowing/ disallowing duration to change

You can allow or disallow the duration of your echo to change as you wish. By default, Audacity allows the duration to change. You can revert this feature anytime, and disallow the duration of your echoes to change.

The buttons 

There are various command buttons available in the dropdown menu. These include manage, preview, Ok, cancel, and the question mark. All these are useful when you use these features. And, they are all easily accessible.


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