How To Record and Edit Audio In Audacity - Beginner Tutorial

How To Record and Edit Audio In Audacity – Beginner Tutorial

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In this video tutorial, I show you how to Record and Edit audio using the Free software Audacity.

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hey guys welcome back to another techguru video so today in this video I'm going to be showing you how to set up record and edit audio within audacity so audacity is a free audio editing and recording piece of software I'm going to go ahead and show you the website here it is audacity so if you have not downloaded it already go to that URL and then download whichever version you need to use for the operating system that you are using and then once you have downloaded that you are going to be able to use a free piece of software which in my mind is so so good now I prefer Adobe Audition now that's a paid software that you are utilizing with the Creative Cloud suite of applications from Adobe but if you want something that's free and almost as good it's almost that top-tier piece of software for audio editing audacity is a great great tool so let's jump in let me show you a little bit about audacity and let's go ahead and run through all of the features and I'll get you up and running in no time alright so just like in any other audio editing and recording piece of software it's going to look fairly similar to you if you've used one before if you haven't that's not a problem either the first thing you're going to want to do is set up what you're going to record from so as far as what microphone you're using and in order to do that you can go to audacity and then go to preferences and then basically you'll be presented with this option box here and then under devices you're going to see a few things leave the interface host all of that the same under playback device you can you know if you're if you want to playback through your headphones you can use your audio interface if you want to but normally you probably want to choose built an output if you have speakers and then the recording device is going to be your audio interface or your microphone so you can also use your webcam like I have a Logitech webcam here I could use but I'm going to choose my audio interface which is my scarlett 2i2 now whatever your microphone is called however you have it plugged in that's the device you're going to want to select here under recording now under playback basically all of this stuff here I'm not going to really get into right now I can do separate videos for all of them not going to dive into those and confuse you guys I'm going to show you a little bit about the interface and how to use audacity and you'll be up in no time so go ahead and click okay once you've selected your recording device now also a great thing you can do in audacity that I just love is you can just select this drop down menu here where you see the microphone icon and select your microphone so if you have multiple microphones you can select the drop-down menu select which microphone you're using you can even select the drop-down menu to select if you want to record in mono or stereo now let me just briefly explain that for a minute if you're not an audio person mono is going to record audio when you export it it's going to only be able to be heard out of one speaker left or right not both of them stereo will allow you to produce audio that people can hear in their headphones in both headphones so normally you want to use stereo unless you're doing something really specific where you just need mono built-in output basically you can choose here how your audio is output there now the main thing that you see here is your timeline and then up here above that you have all of the different tools so all of these buttons here are very self-explanatory I'm not going to go over them you've seen them on pieces of software on VCRs for ages you get your pause button your play your stop fast-forward rewind and record a button now when you're ready to record some audio you'll click this red button here and I'm going to start recording some audio and show you how to do that now so now as you can see the timeline is moving forward to the right from the left to the right and you can see the wav file being created as I record audio from my microphone now in order to stop recording you either click the yellow stop button up here or you click the spacebar on your keyboard go ahead and click the stop button now and I now have stopped recording now as you can see I am zoomed in a lot into my timeline this is called your timeline you have your pieces of audio here in your timeline and then if I go up here and go to the zoom out tool which is the little zoom out magnifying glass I'll be able to zoom out all the way to where I can see both the files here now I specifically have two different audio files here I want to show you what we can do with those now with this specific piece of audio up here I can click and hold and move it around I can click and hold now the only way I can do that is by using this tool here so this tool here is called the time shift tool this tool is going to allow you to do a whole bunch of different things but primarily it's going to allow you to manipulate where your audio is as well as splitting it into different files and clips and things like that now the main tool that you're probably going to use within audacity is this little guy here it looks like a little text icon like a big upper case I click that right there that's going to be your selection tool you can click and hold there and select pieces of audio by clicking and holding and highlighting specific pieces of audio that you want to edit now again if you want to zoom in back just click the little magnifying glass there and that'll bring it up to more of a forefront so basically that's kind of what you want to do they're using that specific tool now this tool right here is called the envelope tool so what you can do with this tool is you can increase and decrease the volume of the audio so you click and hold and then drag up or down obviously if you drag up that will decrease the audio drag it down that'll increase the volume of the audio now you're going to see two separate tracks one on bottom one on top obviously if you only have something on top that means you're recording in mono you have something on bottom you're recording in stereo so bottom and top means stereo just on top means mono now when I export my audio is when I always export it as stereo so don't get too concerned if it you don't see two different WAV files here in unison and that's about it as far as the tools up here you're going to have a draw tool which you really won't use that much and then you have this guy right here which is the multi-tool mode and you really don't need to use that either so don't worry about any of those other tools up there for the time being now as you can see up here you're going to see a time stamp 0 15 30 basically that is in seconds so you can kind of see where your audio is recording and how long the audio that you've recorded is and then you're going to have a few different other tools up here like this one here you can start monitoring stuff zoom in the zoom out you can zoom in to a specific area here and then also right up here if you go right here you can click this here it's going to monitor how loud or how quiet you are going into the microphone now you want to keep this between 12 and 6 down here negative 12 negative 6 if it gets above 6 here towards negative 3 I'm going to yell and as you can see there it got extremely extremely high like I hopefully I did not bust your eardrums but you could see the red and the yellow up here and that is not good you want your audio to be very crisp very clean and in order to do that you want right here when you're monitoring your audio you want that to be always in the green if you're in the green it's good you're in the yellow and if you're in that red really bad so make sure you monitor your audio before starting the recording that way you know when you export your audio you're not going to have to go back and edit and do some editing and go back and record it all over again so with audacity there are a number of things that you can do other than record audio now once I have my recorded audio here like you can see I can do a number of things I can click the X up here where you see audio track click the X that's going to delete that audio file now I'm going to go ahead and undo that show you one more time click the X that will delete that specific track now again remember you're going to have to select this tool here to move your audio around so I'm going to go ahead and move my audio back to the start there and then what we can do is we can play the audio back to the right and you can see the wav file being creamed and as you can see as I select an area with the selection tool there I can play from that point so if you have a specific point that you want to play from we'll zoom in here you can just click there and then press the spacebar or the play button yay did as I and as you can hear the audio is playing back for me from within the program now that's the basics of as far as recording and getting audio files within audacity now there's a number of things we can do to edit audio as you can see here there's a space that I've left right here in my audio in order to get rid of that space I can click and hold where this space is and highlight that specific area and then just click the backspace or delete button on your keyboard and that will automatically remove that long area of silence there that you've had now if you have an area of audio that you just don't want to use within your audio file click and hold that just like a blank space click the backspace button and you are good to go now when it comes to naming your audio files or specific tracks within a file you can click this guy right here and you can go to name now under name you're going to see this come up and it's going to say track a name and then you can name this track whatever you want to name it audio track seven is what I'll do here and then click OK and that'll be the name of this track now you're going to see a few different sliders here what does this mean this little slider here with the minus and plus sign this is going to be your game now again unless you know a lot about audio and need to increase the gain I would not mess with it the next slider you're going to see here is the left and right if you want a specific part of an audio clip to only be heard out of the left speaker or the right speaker you can just pan all the way to the left or pan all the way to the right this means only audio will be coming out of the right headphone jack or the right headphone that you're putting in your ear or the left headphone that you have in your ear or speakers for that matter it really doesn't have to be headphones so you can do that and that's some kind of more more intense stuff that you may not want to get into right now now let's talk about what do we do if we want to add some effects to our audio now the first thing you want to do is select the piece of audio that you want to add the effects to so again you want to grab your selection tool and then go ahead and select the audio and then go up to where you see effect now there are a number of effects and I'm obviously not going to go over all of them but if we go to effect and then we go down here and we look at a few different things we can add a whole bunch of different effects now I can add a phaser I'm gonna actually add some reverb just so you can kind of hear what it does and then you're going to have the effect panel come available to you and again there's going to be videos on YouTube tutorials on the internet that'll show you the perfect settings for each effect so I'm not going to do that now but you can adjust the effects here just like I could do with any of these sliders and then you can go down and preview this or click OK and that will apply the audio effect now if I go here and I play this back now as you can see the timeline kunis sound like I'm in a closed room at enclosed room and I'm echoing off the wall so it obviously sounds bad but that's how you add an effect now if you want to undo something it's just normal like you would at any other program go to edit and then undo just like that or command ctrl Z on the keyboard for the hotkeys now that's how you add effects select the audio just like I did go to effect go down here and then you can add any of these effects here there's a lot of cool ones that you can use and then some simple ones such as fade in fade out now we have our audio completed we've added the effects that we want to what do we do next so we want to export our audio so we can use it right we want to go ahead and export it to a wav file or an mp3 file so then what you're going to want to do is go to up here go to file and then go to right here where you see a few different things but you want to go down to where you see export audio click the export audio the next thing you're going to see are a few options that look like this you're going to save as file name we'll go here you can tag it if you're on a Mac or whatever you want to do save it wherever you want to save it I'll save it on the desktop and then under format this is very important there's a lot of different audio formats the two most prevalent ones are a WAV format as you can see here and an mp3 format which you can see right here now there's obviously a ton more that you can use and save as now you may need to save as an A iff if that's something you need for something you're recording but normally it's an mp3 or a wave so I'm going to save it as a WAV 16-bit that's normally what people want and then once you're done with that you can click the blue Save button and then it'll say here do you want to add some tags so basically this is like for iTunes or whatever audio software you use to playback music you can actually add the artist name track title album title this is obviously more for music as opposed to like voiceovers like what I'm doing now so once you've added all of that if you want to you just click OK and then once we are done with that you can go to your desktop which I'll show you a Finder window now so if we go to my desktop we're going to see this here where it says file name dot wav and then we could play that back and that would be the audio that we just created and edited with an audacity now obviously there are a ton more features within this program this software is so huge so much you can do with it I'll do some more follow-up videos later showing you the more advanced features but as far as getting started you should be up and running with this video in no time I hope this helped you out if it did help me out by slapping that like button down below don't forget to share this video with your friends and/or families and as always guys don't forget to subscribe and I appreciate you watching the video and I will see you guys in the next one Oh

20 Replies to “How To Record and Edit Audio In Audacity – Beginner Tutorial”

  1. 100PercentOS2

    @Dusty Porter I'm an experience Audacity user. But what Windows version are you using? I set up Windows 10 and downloaded the Audacity software. So I hope you can help me since I can't use the recording settings of this software and I can't find anywhere on Windows 10 where I can change any settings so the recording feature works.

    This is the error I get.
    "Error while opening sound device, Please check the input device settings and the project sample rate."

  2. Brian Reid

    I do voiceovers..Im not a tekkie at all so bear with me…Love Audacity…but depending on my computer mood..when im recording..I "sometimes " get these annoying "ticking" sounds in recording…Help!!…;)!!

  3. Sylvie Lessard

    can I translate (vocal) a French audio into an English audio? From an already recorded French conference, I need to have it translate with a voice into English…can Audacity do this?

  4. John Espinosa

    Good evening to you,
    My name is John. I a English from London but I live in Japan as I am an English Teacher here.
    I am sorry to bother you with my query but after watching your youtube channel about using Audacity which was very interested and I immediately thought that you would be the ideal person to ask some advice about what I am trying to do using Audacity.
    I am trying to record music from my home HiFi into my iMac Desktop computer and convert lots of Minidiscs and Cassette tapes into mp3 or other Audio types for which I have other software to do that. But my main question and problems are relating to the recoding levels and volumes to be use with Audacity to convert the music to digital. I did hear from someone that I would need to increase the volume on my HiFi in order for Audacity to pick up the sound. But I am very confused as to what volume level I should be using on my HiFi and what Input levels I should be using in Audacity. I have tried to make some recordings and they are not so bad but I have noticed that after the recordings have been done I can hear a kind of humming noise on the recordings just before the music starts. I think it could be because I am not using the correct levels of volumes on either Audacity or my HiFi. 
    I am sending you a couple of screenshots so that you can see what I am confused about. 
    I would be truly grateful if you could please put me in the right direction with your expertise and knowledge on the use of Audacity.
    I look forward to hear from you. Many thanks and my best regards.

  5. Earl Cousins

    I don't know SQUAT. I've down loaded and used Audicity. It's been a while since I used it, but I tried today and BAM! I recorded a song off YouTube and when I tried to save it, I hit the "Open" opt. and got a message, "Can't open C-Drive". Anyone have any REAL advice? Thanks.

  6. wdaniels31

    OMG… I'm loving Auducity it looks hard but it's not. I started removing huh's & hum's removed a section and added another. I even use my closet as my sound booth; nice-for my ears anyway. I already have the rest of my 1st season topics. At times it overwhelming when you learning the tools, recording, wife, kids then the light comes on like WOOOOW I get it. When that happens it's family time now I have to shut it down until they get occupied. Man I need a cigarette (LMAO)

    Have a great day!

    William Daniels

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