Audacity: An easy-to-use and free app for generating soundtracks and many more.

Have you ever wanted to make you wanted to make your own version of a movie background music or wanted to make record a computer playback, OR you wanted to record a beautiful live audio?

source: Audacity

Well, if you have a yes answer to any of the above questions then I have got a solution for you, Audacity!

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages.

You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
  • AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Numerous effects including change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • Write your own plug-in effects with Nyquist.
  • And more!

In this article, I will briefly introduce you with how Audacity functions and how you can use it to produce your favourite audio track.

Step 1: Recording and Playback

To record just click the red dot in the upper left corner.
To stop recording click the orange square in the upper left corner.
To playback the sounds you have recorded or imported click the green triangle in the upper left corner.

Step 2: Importing Audio Tracks

To import audio tracks click on the project tab in the upper left corner of the screen.
Then click on import audio.
Select the file you want to open.
Click open.

Step 3: Selecting Audio

To select all of the audio click on the edit tab, then click on select, then click on select all, or press Ctrl A on the keyboard.

— To select some of the audio track make sure the select tool in the upper left corner is selected.
Then click and hold at the beggining of the section you want to select.
Then drag the cursor to the end of the section you want to select.

— To select from your cursor to the beggining or end click on the edit tab.
Then click on select.
Then click on “cursor to end” or “start to cursor”

(The selected section of audio will be dark grey)

Step 4: Editing the Tempo of the Audio

To edit the tempo of the audio select the section of audio you want to edit.
-Then click on the effect tab.
-Then click on Change Tempo (DO NOT CLICK ON CHANGE SPEED, this will change the speed AND pitch of the audio)
-Click and drag the meter to change the tempo (you will have to experiment to learn what “percent change” you need to get the correct tempo)
-Click preview to here a sample of the audio you edited
-When you like the tempo of the audio click on “OK”
(When you change the tempo the selected area will shrink because it is shorter and faster)

Step 5: Editing the Pitch of the Audio

  • To edit the pitch of the audio select the section of audio you want to edit.
    -Then click on the effect tab.
    -Then click on Change Pitch
    -Click and drag the meter to change the pitch (you will have to experiment to learn what “percent change” you need to get the correct ptich)
    -Click preview to here a sample of the audio you edited
    -When you like the pitch of the audio click on “OK

Step 6: Spliting Audio Tracks

To split audio tracks you have to select the second have of what you want to split.
Then you click on the edit tab.
Then click on split.
(The second half of the split audio will move to a seprate track)

Step 7: Exporting Audio

To export the audio click on the File tab.
Then click on “Export as WAV” or “Export as MP3” (depending on the type of audio file you want)
The name the file and click save.

The list can go on and on but this is a very basic introduction to how Audacity can be used. Audacity is very simple to use but has a lot of useful functions.

I used Audacity to create this soundtrack..!

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