The entire history of human expression, slightly abridged
Just a few quick hits, as we get into our vox pop assignment.
First, if you haven’t worked with audacity before, check out this screenshot:
This is your basic screenshot in audacity (I’ve cut off the right side, where not much is going on).
The blue arrow is pointing at the track. This is where the audio goes.
Inside the red circle is your toolbox. The most useful of these are–
Once you get a little bit comfortable, feel free to mess around with the multi-tool mode, which makes things quicker once you’ve gotten the hang of the program.
Inside the yellow circle is the output level meter. You want your audio to show as green, preferably between -12 and -6 or 0. If it shows up as yellow or red (the waveform will probably be brushing against the ceiling of the track, or else will seem to have gone past it), then the amplitude might be too high. Sometimes, if you’ve recorded with the mic too high, it can ruin your audio.
If you have multiple tracks producing sound at the same time (narration plus music; or one piece of dialogue fading out as another fades in), you’ll need to use more than one track. To add a track, click on TRACKS>ADD NEW>AUDIO TRACK. See the graphic below.
If you need to slice up a piece of tape into sections so that you can move them around, place the cursor at the moment that you want to split and use EDIT>SPLIT or CTRL-I (that’s for the PC version). See the below graphic for it’s placement.
Those are the basics that you’ll need t know to get started. Good luck!