How to export PART of a song or track using Audacity

This one one that has been asked of me quite a few times, so I’m finally taking the time to make a video on how to do it.

Here’s the scenario:

You have a section of a project you’ve been working on that sounds great, and you ONLY want that section to be exported for use.

How do you export ONLY that part of the project?

This video is going to show you how.

Give yourself a robot voice using Audacity!

One of those cool, mechanized robot voices would sound great right about here…

Have you ever thought that in the middle of your song or other audio project? It’s a pretty cool effect that you can find in a lot of modern music. ROBOT: “Danger Will Robinson”

But did you know that you can do that very same robot voice effect using Audacity… and it sounds just as good as the “professional” stuff?

The robot voice effect is called VOCODER and can be found in the Audacity effects menu.

Watch this tutorial to find out how easy it is to do!

Remove S Sound in Audcaity using this D-esser effect

Remove that annoying (and painful) S sound from your audio tracks in Audacity

This tutorial comes right out of my own experience. I had been doing recording for a long time with no problem, and then suddenly I was getting this powerfully painful “S” sound that hurt my ears when I wore headphones. So, I had to figure out a way to get rid of it.

Thankfully, I didn’t have to figure out anything because somebody already had. Sascha Eversmeier a guy who lives in Berlin (that’s in Germany) had already created his own plugin for all kinds of audio software that takes care of the D-essing problem (that’s what they call it… get it? Getting rid of the “S”?) His website is at

So, in this tutorial I’m going to show you:
  • Where to get this free D-esser plugin
  • Where to find the instructions to install it in your version of Audacity
  • How to use it on a S-laden track.
  • And how to be happy that your S-problems are gone!

Using the Noise Removal effect in Audacity

Often recordings have some background or room noise, caused by a fan, a hum from an amplifier, or other unwanted sounds.

The NOISE REMOVAL in Audacity is an effect that is pretty effective (no pun intended) at removing that kind of stuff… but you have to be very careful or else you might wind up with distorted sections of audio in the things you actually wanted to keep!

In this tutorial I’m going to explain what all the functions of the NOISE REMOVAL tool do… and show you how I use it to get the best results.

MUSIC: used by permission of Dan over at

Let me know what you’d like to know how to do using the free Audacity program and I’ll get it put together!


Removing background noise in Audacity

Removing background noise in Audacity

Sometimes when you do a recording in Audacity, you’ll get a situation where there is an unwanted background noise that is caught on your recording.

In the example you’ll see in this video, it’s one voice talking over another in a recorded interview. But it could be lots of different things that you want to remove – a cell phone ringing, someone clearing their throat or coughing, lip smacks… whatever.

There are quite a few ways to remove those types of unwanted noises, some better than others, some easier than others.

In this tutorial I’m going to show you one of the easiest ways for removing background noise in Audacity, using the “silence audio” tool.

Before you dive in, note this: In my example, I’m using a “joint stereo” track which requires a small little step of preparation before you can actually remove background noise in Audacity.

I also mention the use of the “Noise Removal” effect… with I will cover in a future tutorial for audio editing in Audacity.

This tutorial about removing background noise in Audacity was submitted by a viewer. If YOU have a question about how to do something specific in Audacity, send me your feedback and I’ll get right on them!

Audacity shortcut - Zoom - a- Zoom - a-Zoom

Audacity Shortcut: Zoom – a -Zoom – a -Zoom.

Audacity shortcutYou can use the “zoom in” and “zoom out” buttons in Audacity if you want to… but you’ll be wasting your time with all that back-and-forth mouse moving!

There is a MUCH easier way, using Audacity shortcuts on your keyboard.

In this tutorial you’ll learn the Audacity shortcut that enables you to zoom all over the place in your Audacity project!


  • WINDOWS: Audacity shortcut for “zoom in” is Ctrl-1. “Zoom out” is Ctrl-3.
  • OSX: Audacity shortcut for “zoom in” is Cmd-1. “Zoom out” is Cmd-3.
  • IN BOTH: You can use the scroll wheel on your mouse in combination with the Ctrl/Cmd key to zoom into the location of your mouse cursor.
  • Watch the video to find other Audacity shortcuts that you can use to zoom all around!


Let me know what you’d like to know how to do using the free Audacity program and I’ll get it put together!



Upgrade to Audacity 2.0.3 (1-2013) and KEEP your Audacity pluginss

KEEP YOUR PLUGINS when upgrading Audacity

Someday the Audacity developers (those techie audiophiles who are much smarter than me) will figure out how to make your upgrade recognize all the plugins you’ve already got installed.

But it doesn’t always work that way now…. SO

This video will show you how to upgrade to the latest version (shouldn’t matter what version you are upgrading FROM or TO)


Watch it carefully, it’s not really all that hard.  And if you have any questions, contact me and I’ll try to help.

Send me your feedback and suggestions for additional tutorials and I’ll get right on them!


DIY shockmount for the microphone

DIY shock mount - back view


Just thought I’d post a few pictures of the DIY shock mount I made for the boom arm on my setup… click on the thumbnail for larger versions…

DIY shock mount - front vifewIt’s made of

  • PVC pipe
  • Womens’ hair rubber-bands
  • A normal mic clip

That’s it. DIY Shock mount – cost me MAYBE $4.00  – but that’s pushing it.

Easy-peasy… no problem shock mount that I would put up against anyone else in terms of effectiveness.

I can bang my table (which the boom is connected to) and get no sound in the recording.

If you’d like me details – let me know. Happy to help.

Podcast with Audacity - I show you how, start to finish

Too many people want to do a podcast with Audacity

but are intimidated by the technological side of audio and video. So they never even try to do that podcast they’ve been wanting to do. That’s too bad, because it’s really not that hard. It just takes a basic knowledge of the Audacity program, some organization of what you want to say and the order you want to say it in, and some time to mix it all together.

Really, it’s not that hard to make your podcast with Audacity.

In order to prove it to you, I decided to do a screen recording of me putting together an episode of my podcast – the Christian Home and Family Podcast – so that you can see it’s really not all that hard.

It’s kind of long (over 20 minutes) but shows you the practical, hands-on things you’ll run into when you try to make your podcast with Audacity.

I even make a couple of mistakes that you can learn from. In this Audacity tutorial you will see me…

  • Open an Audacity project
  • Import an mp3 file
  • Use the time shift tool to move things around
  • Use the envelope tool to fade tracks in and out
  • Use the cut tool to take sections out of a track
  • Use the copy function to copy an entire track
  • Use the paste function to paste the entire track into my project
  • Use the “minimize” tab to make my screen easier to navigate and work with
  • Use the zoom in and zoom out tools to manipulate tracks even more
  • Use the Dyson Compressor effect to increase the volume level on some of my tracks
  • Save the entire project
  • Mix and Render the entire project
  • Export the project as an mp3 file (for uploading to my server space at Libsyn)

Looks like a lot. And it is a lot. But it’s a lot of easy stuff once you get the hang of it. You’ll see in the video… I shoot through it all pretty quickly because I’m used to making my podcast with Audacity, so it’s almost second nature.

OK, enough talk… here’s the tutorial.

Leave me some comments below… or let me know what YOU would like to learn to do in Audacity… and I can make that happen!

Sound like a chipmunk voice using this free Audacity tutorial - Intermediate tutorial #5

Make your voice sound like those cute little chipmunks using Audacity!

Someone contacted me on the Facebook page and asked me how to go about making your own, normal voice sound like a chipmunk . That’s what this free tutorial for Audacity is all about.

You can do the “chipmunk effect” (that’s what I’m calling it, what do you think?) by simply speeding up the track – but that’s going to make the words so fast that you’ll have a very difficult time actually comprehending what is being said.

That’s NOT the right way to do the “chipmunk effect.”

You want it done in such a way that the speed of the speaking remains the same, but the voice itself sounds like a chipmunk.

That is exactly what this free tutorial is going to show you!

Watch the video tutorial, leave your comments or questions.

Thanks to whoever it was who asked me to show you how to do this! I’d love to make free Audacity tutorials showing YOU how to do what YOU are trying to do. Just don’t ask me to show you how to make your voice sound like a platypus.

So please, let me know what you need help with and I’ll be happy to work out a tutorial on that sort of thing using Audacity!

Send me your feedback and suggestions for additional tutorials and I’ll get right on them!