Recording Audio using Audacity

[draft - needs editing]

The following instructions will help you create a short sound recording.

1. Open Audacity. File > All Programs > Audacity.
2. Ensure that a microphone is attached to the computer.
3. Start recording. Click on the Record button.
4. Stop recording. Click on the Stop button.

[edit - preferences - mics etc]

Editing the sound recording

Editing Tools

The selection tool
This is used to find specific points in the waveform and to highlight relevant sections so that you can zoom in, cut or copy them. When this tool is selected and you click on the waveform, you will see a vertical cursor within the wave like this:
The time shift tool
This is used to move the waveform around inside its track. Click on the tool, click on the waveform and with the left mouse button held down, slide the wave along the track into the position you want it.
The magnifier tool
With this, you can zoom in or out of the waveform. To zoom in, select the magnifier and then click on the left mouse button. To zoom out, click on the right mouse button. Copying, cutting and pasting sections of the waveform is just like cutting and pasting text in a word document.

To remove a clip of audio that you don't want, highlight the relevant section with the selection tool. The highlighted section will appear darker: Click on 'edit' and 'cut' or press the backspace key to delete the section.
Cutting and pasting

If you want to move one part of the waveform and put it somewhere else, highlight the relevant section, click on 'edit' and 'cut'. Place the selection cursor at the new position for the material, click on 'edit' and 'paste'
Zooming in on the waveform

Sometimes you may need to zoom in on the waveform to find the exact edit point. When you zoom in, you are effectively stretching the wave out. Highlight the part of the wave you want to see in more detail. Click on the 'fit selection in window' icon. This will stretch your highlighted piece across the whole window. If you need to zoom in any further, click on the magnifier tool. When you want to see the whole waveform again, click on the 'fit project in window' icon.

Recording music

To add music to your audio, firstly record the music in to Audacity. Select the appropriate recording input from the drop down bar - usually Stereo Mix - play your CD track and click on record.
Exporting your edited audio

When exporting your edited audio out of audacity export it as an MP3. Audacity will offer to find the Lame MP3 encoder - click yes.

Further resources:
• A complete user's manual available online:
• Installation and recording guide:

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