Blog #9: DIY Audacity

Although this may seem rather simplistic compared to posts created by my peers, I chose to give a brief introduction on how to use Audacity. This DIY tutorial would be very helpful to any and all individuals who may have missed the lecture where the instructor explains how to use the software because they were sick. (This was the case for me!) So let’s get started.


Begin by downloading the software (for free).


Select the Audacity software that is compatible with your computer, and proceed to download.


Once you have finished downloading, open the application. You should find yourself looking at a screen like the one below.


If your first experience with Audacity is anything like mine, you are utterly confused! But, don’t fret!


It’s not time to select your method of recording. Although you can utilize the built-in microphone on your computer, it’s better to use a separate microphone to ensure that you get the best possible sound quality. (I am actually a singer, so I chose to use the studio microphone that I have in my dorm room for recording purposes.) Once your method of recording is decided upon (microphone or built-in microphone), you should find a quiet area where you won’t be disturbed. (You want to be sure that no outside or unwanted noises are picked up.)


To begin recording you can either click the red button on the upper, lefthand side of the screen OR you can go to top menu and click on “Tracks”. The drop down menu will present an option for “Add New”. Click this, and then proceed to push the red button to begin recording.




If you need to load music onto your project, all you have to do is go once more to the top menu and select “File” >> Drop down and select “Import”, then go to “Audio”. You’ll need to have your music selection already saved and easily accessible on your computer to make this as efficient as possible.

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To stop recording, press the yellow button.


After you have completed compilation of your project, and applying all of your special effects and tricks (refer to other tutorials), save and export as an MP3.

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Get ready to share!



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