Learning Audacity: Playing and editing Music on our own is a pretty big deal. That’s what everyone has thought, who isn’t aware of the Audacity application. Audacity is the best open-source software application for editing music. When we say editing, we mean mixing two different audio, editing pitch and waveforms, cropping and mixing, looping, merging, and many more activities. It also includes recording and mixing.
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Audacity offers all tools of editing a music file and is one of the most straightforward applications to use. In this article, let’s take a quick tour of the Audacity application and its essential features.
Recording, Playing and Editing Music
It’s a difficult job for you only if you’re seeing a computer for the first time in your life in the 21st century. Otherwise, if you’re not that case, it’s as simple as gulping orange juice. There are simple buttons for everything on the transport toolbar, all you need is to click them.
They’re arranged as – Pause, Play, Stop, Forward, Backward, and Record. The play button is green, and the Record is in the red circle.
Next, hold the ‘SHIFT’ button, and you’ll have ‘Loop’ and ‘Record New Track’ instead of ‘Play’ and ‘Record.’ When you record a new track, it can be played from the point where you have stopped the previous recording.
Editing the play, too, is pretty much more straightforward than ever. The way you select a text by holding the click button and dragging the mouse, you’ve to do the same here. Once you do, the decided audio portion will appear in dark grey. You can further use buttons from the transport toolbar as described above.
Saving the tasks
Audacity offers two types of Save options. You can keep in Audacity project format, which will play only in Audacity. It is to prevent the integrity of your audio. Another save type is saving in WAV, MP3, or any other standard audio format. FFmpeg library can be used to import or export individual arrangements such as M4A, AMR, or WMA.
Music goes parallel with colours. Those who like hard and rock music, like black, bold, or contrasting colours. Those who make peaceful or soothing Music like light, bright, and plain colours. The point here is that Audacity offers Themes according to your taste of Music.
There are four themes for you to choose – Light, Dark, High Contrast, and Classic. Once the theme is finalized, you can change the colour of the waveform in any particular theme as well.
Changing Audio Loudness
You can amplify the Music’s loudness by using options – Fade-out and Fade-in. When editing loudness, Pan and Gain slides are used. The gain will help to fix the threshold of loudness, while Pan will help to set loudness at specific points in the audio. Learn more for Pan and Gain
Auto Duck option serves the purpose of voice-over and ramping between multiple tracks.
By using the feature of Spectrograms, you can edit the frequency at any time-point in the track. Also, you can remove any unwanted noise, background sounds, mouth words, from your recorded or imported audio to improve resonance and quality via this feature. Click here to learn more.
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