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 www.digitalfishphones.com

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!

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!

 

 

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!

Use Append Record in Audacity to add to your track

Intermediate #4 – Using the “append record” function to add audio to the end of a track, and how to insert audio into the middle of a track in Audacity

It’s a common problem that you record a track in the free open-source Audacity program, and then you remember or realize something you should have said. Sometimes you can insert audio like that to the end of the track – and you’d do that using the “append record” tool. Or, you can also insert audio like that into the middle of a track. It’s a bit more complicated to do, but can be done. In this video tutorial for Audacity, I’m going to show you how to do both, using the Append Record function, the split function, the time shift tool, and the cut, copy, and paste functions in Audacity.


I’d love to make more of these tutorials that hit exactly on the needs you have! 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!

 

Use Audacity like a mixer (sort of)

Intermediate #3 – Using the “overdub” function to make Audacity work like a mixer (sort of)

One of the things that Audacity CAN’T do is mix tracks together “on the fly” like a regular mixer would do. That’s just one of the limitations. Maybe future releases will enable multiple sound sources coming in to the computer so that you mix in Audacity as you go. However, there IS something you can do that enables you to hear a track you already have placed in your Audacity project, so that you can talk over it appropriately. This fun little function is called “overdub.” I say it’s a way you can use Audacity like a mixer (sort of).

This tutorial will teach you how to use the “overdub” function in¬† Audacity to use the program like a mixer – at least as much as is possible.


The free open source Audacity audio editing program is really not that hard… and these free video tutorials for Audacity will help you learn how to use it even quicker.

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

Silence Audio using Audacity - Intermediate Free Audacity Tutorial #2

Free Video Audacity Tutorial  РIntermediate #2 РSilence Audio in Audacity

If you have annoying little things in your audio file that need to be silenced – things like…

  • background noise
  • shuffling of paper
  • a “bump” of the table
  • a cough or sneeze or sniffle or (you get the picture…)
  • a lip-smack or mouth noise (below is an example – some people are really grossed out by these, so listen at your own risk)

this tutorial will teach you how to use the “silence audio” function to get rid of those annoying sounds once and for all. It’s easy, takes only a few seconds, and can be done by anyone (well, almost anyone…)


The free open source Audacity audio editing program is really not that hard… and these free video tutorials for Audacity will help you learn how to use it even quicker.

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