In this comprehensive class, we will learn the ins and outs of the powerful, open-source, and FREE software Audacity. Audacity allows for recording, editing, mastering, and mixing, and is a versatile tool for any aspiring or professional producer looking for an inexpensive way to produce high-quality tracks.

  • We will focus on the strengths of the program and look at its editing features, tools, and sample-level manipulation options. (Powerful!)
  • Use built-in techniques to generate new sounds through manipulation and synthesis
  • Explore Audacity's built-in analysis tools for an overview of Mastering techniques.

Course Outline

  • What is Audacity?
    • Welcome & Overview
    • Background: Who Owns Audacity?
    • What Can You Do with Audacity?
    • Versions
    • Setup: Getting Configured Correctly
    • Some Audio Stuff to Know
  • Working with Audacity: Getting Started
    • Importing Audio
    • Generating Audio
    • Recording Audio
    • Basic Audio Controls
    • Audio Track Options
  • Editing Audio in Audacity
    • Cut/Copy/Paste – Just Like Text!
    • Adding a Second Track
    • The Time Shift Tool
    • Automation: The Envelope Tool
    • The Draw Tool: Sample-level Editing!
  • Effects
    • The Effects Menu
    • Amplify
    • Changing the Pitch
    • Changing the Speed
    • Changing the Tempo
    • Fade In & Fade Out
  • Analysis Tools
    • Plot Spectrum
    • Find Clipping
    • Silence Finder
    • Beat Finder
  • Bounce/Export Settings & Options
    • AUP Files
    • AIFF/WAV Settings
    • Mp3 Files: The Weird Thing About Making Mp3s
  • Final Thoughts
    • For Your Further Consideration…
    • Thanks & Bye!

Course Information

Estimated Time: 2 Hours

Course Instructor

Jay Allen Author

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater. He currently is an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, and is the CEO and co-founder of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.



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