Editing in Audacity
Step 2: Edit
Adjusting Audio Levels
- Move slider bars to adjust how loud the playback is, or how much audio is picked up from the microphone.
Selecting and Editing
- Click and drag the mouse over the audio you want to select-- this will highlight that audio or use the "I" Selection tool on the upper left hand corner.
- After selecting, chose “Cut” from the Edit menu. This will delete the selected audio but save it to be pasted later.
- Click the area of the track you wish to have the added audio and go to Edit > Paste.
Trimming the Beginning
- Click the track just before where you want the audio to start. Go to Edit > Select > Track Start to Cursor. This will highlight the beginning of the track. Press Delete on the keyboard.
Trimming the End
- With the Selection Tool, click just after where you want the track to end. Go to Edit > Select > Cursor to Track End. This will highlight from the cursor to the end of the track. Press Delete.
Mixing and Adding Extras
- To edit more efficiently, spread out the waves. To do this, look for the magnifying glass with a +sign (this is the zoom in icon; to zoom out use the - sign). Click it a few times so that the waves are spread out.
- Click "play" and start listening to the audio.Note: it is a good idea to to confirm that you want this audio deleted, so always listen first!
- When using the audio control buttons (play, stop, pause), make sure to push the stop button or you won't be able to highlight or delete selections.
- Make sure to SAVE often. To save the audacity project, go to "File" tag --> "save project as" --> save as .aup
- More Tips ("Master your MP3s with Audacity," CNET.com)
To export, go to File>Export Audio, which will open a window asking you what you want to export the file as.
The audio file can also be exported in pieces. If you only want to export a portion of the file from Audacity, use the Selection tool to highlight the portion of the file you want to export and go to File>Export Selected Audio, which will open the same window with the same export options.
The options include:
MP3 is "a digital audio encoding format using a form of lossy data compression" (Read more on Wikipedia) and is a popular file format that is easily read by most players. To export as mp3, go to "File" --> "export at MP3"
Add ID3 Tags (information on the file that will show up in players like iTunes):