Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing audio, part of Learning Audacity (2012).
One of the most common tasks you'll likely perform in Audacity is to edit existing audio.…Maybe you need to trim down the lecture you recorded or maybe you want to use just a clip…from a song to place in a project you're working on.…Whatever the case, importing existing audio into Audacity is really simple.…Audacity can open many of the most common file formats including WAV, AIF, MP3, and so on.…There are couples of different ways to import audio.…I've copied the Chapter 1 folder to my desktop so I have some files to work with. If you…don't have the Exercise Files you can use any audio files you might have lying around your computer.…
So in both the Mac and Windows versions you can go to the File menu and choose either…Open or Import > Audio.…Both are going to do pretty much the same thing, although you only see the Import option…if you already have a project window open like I do here.…And choosing Import always places that file into your existing project rather than opening it on its own.…
- Creating a new project
- Adding tracks
- Recording two tracks simultaneously
- Making selections
- Splitting clips
- Automating volume
- Adding sound effects
- Using compression
- Inserting silence
- Exporting your project
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Why don't the instructions for downloading the LAME MP3 encoder work?
A: Use the new homepage for Audacity, http://audacityteam.org/, rather than the sourceforge address shown in the course.
Q: This course was updated on 08/14/2015. What changed?
A: The author updated the "Downloading and installing Audacity" videos for Mac and Windows, and added a new video on the LAME MP3 encoder.