How To Edit Audio Files with Audacity

Many of us are tempted to make editions in the audio of our video files, but we don’t know how and where to begin. In this article we will look at ways in which the free audio editor Audacity can be employed for tweaking audio files.


What is Audacity?

Audacity is fast becoming a popular audio edit application for various reasons.

The first and most attractive feature of the application is that it is free. It has open source which is a favorite among all geeks. It uses cross-platform and hence can be run in Linux, Windows and OS X. it has got useful plug-ins and some attractive features that are unique in their own way.

audacity sound editing program

Apart from audacity, there are other audio editing applications like Adobe’s Soundbooth and Apple’s GarageBand. These are amazing applications in themselves but are specifically targeted at more experienced users and are used in technologically advanced projects. However, Audacity is meant for beginners and gives a clear and simple understanding of the entire process of audio editing.

The first step to using Audacity is by downloading the Audacity 1.3 series. This series is completely in sync with the technology used in latest OS. Linux users can download Audacity from their repository.

Features of Audacity User Interface

features of audacity

The main window for the application gives the user plenty of options. Some of these options are:

Toolbar – The toolbar contains Selection, Envelope, Draw, Zoom, Time, Shift and Multi-Tool Mode.

Audio Controls – This has the usual buttons; pause, play, stop, play, backward, forward and record.

Level Meters – The right level meter is for input and the left if for output. Selecting the input button will start active monitoring of the audio levels; while the right click will prompt you to make changes in the refresh rate.

Level Sliders – here you can make adjustments in the degree of volume for input as well as output.

Shortcut bar – This contains the usual shortcut for actions like cut, paste, insert and zoom.

Audio tracks – This has the timeline along with brief information on the audio tracks.

Selection tools – this gives you the freedom to begin selection based on time. Once you have made your selection, you can insert an end time.

How to Begin Recording a Track?

Let’s first track a record and then get down to its editing.

Audacity uses the default settings for audio in Windows. This means that recording and playback both have default settings.

Go to the system tray and right click on the volume control. Under the volume control, go to Recording Devices.

recording devices
The microphone should be set as the default device. You will find a small red circle Record button under Audacity; click on it.

recording on audacity

Under the audio tracks you will find various features like Timeline, Scrubber, Audio Waveform as well as Audio Track Properties.

audacity audio tracks

After you have completed the desired edits, save it by going to Go To File – Save Project As.

saving project in audacity program

A pop will remind you that the edited file is still within Audacity. You can drag and drop the file to your preferred location.