Learn how to analyze your audio using Audacity

Learn how to analyze your audio using Audacity

With all other interesting features to enhance and improve your audios, Audacity also provides the option to analyze your audio and find its different characteristics. If you find it difficult to locate the analyzing option in Audacity, you can easily set a short cut for it.

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What are the different analysis tools at Audacity? What are these tools uses for? How can you add or remove a plugin? How do you use different analysis tools? If you want answers to all these questions, then you have come to the right place. Below are all the details about them.

Different analysis tools that are available in Audacity 

Audacity provides three inbuilt LADSPA tools for analysis and five Nyquist plug-in tools for analysis. The three analysis tools include Plot Spectrum, Contrast, and Find Clipping. The five plug-in tools for analysis shipped by Audacity include Sample Data Export, Beat Finder, Regular Interval Labels, Sound Finder, and Silence Finder. In addition, you can add Vamp Analysis Plugins as well.

How do you remove and add plugins in Audacity and Backing up? 

Adding and removing plugins is an easy task in Audacity. You just need to select this option from the Analyze menu and then a dialog box will appear in front of you. You can use that dialog box to customize your Analyze menu as per your convenience.

The Manage button in Audacity lets you know all the details about how you backup your settings. And, about your saved user presets, and many more such details.

More Analysis tools in Audacity 

As discussed earlier, there are three inbuilt LADSPA analysis tools in Audacity. These include contrast, find clipping and plot spectrum. Contrast can be use to analyze your audio and find the RMS average difference in the volume between the speech and the background music.

You can convert plot spectrum to your audio into a graph of frequencies and amplitudes. Moreover, find clipping is used to display all the runs of clipped samples that are found in the label track.

Plugin analysis tools

As we know, there are basically five Nyquist plug-in tools for analysis in Audacity. Beat Finder helps you label all beats that are a bit louder than the other surrounding audio. You can use Sound Finder to put labels at the areas of sound in between silences. And, silence finder can be used to label the silence areas in between the sounds.

A user can also add Vamp analysis plugins in Audacity. If you want to know about them, the details are in the next paragraph.

Vamp Analysis Plugins

These are additional plugin formats can be add into Audacity as per the user’s choice. If you want to add a new Vamp tool for analysis, then you can add plugins like DLL, DYLIB or SO file. And to run the vamp plugin, you need to select your audio and run plug-in from the menu.


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