Using Audacity for Audio Recordings
Q: How to use Audocity for Audio Recordings?
A: To use Audacity, simply click on the red recording dot and speak into your microphone. Make sure that everything is working properly before you attempt to do your final recording (example: make a short 10 seconds test to adjust your settings).
To save your file, click on File / Export as MP3. Save it in your USB Drive. If you are using Moodle, go to your MoodleClass Assignment and upload the mp3 you just created.
Q: What are the basics of using Audacity?
A: Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows. Shown below is a sample of the open Audacity window:
The Audacity window consists of these elements, roughly from top to bottom:
- Title bar, with title and four buttons: Window menu (left), and Minimize, Maximize, and Close (right).
- Menu bar, with eight menus: File, Edit, View, Project, Generate, Effect, Analyze and Help.
- Toolbar, with buttons: Selection, Envelope, Draw, Zoom, Time Shift, Multi-Tool Mode.
- Digital buttons: Skip to Start, Play, Record, Pause, Stop and Skip to End.
- Audio Volume and Microphone Volume.
- Edit Buttons: Cut, Copy, Paste, Trim Outside Silence Selection, Undo, Redo, Zoom In, Zoom Out, Fit selection in Window and Fit project in Window.
- Your recording is displayed next (one or two channels).
- Project rate and Cursor (information about where you are in your recording).