Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up your hardware, part of Learning Audacity (2012).
So in this chapter we're looking at how to record with Audacity, but before you can do…so, you have to be familiar with your computer's input capabilities and how to route the inputs into Audacity.…These days nearly all computers, especially all desktop computers, have ports for audio input and output.…On PCs, you'll usually find an audio input port, an audio output port, and a microphone port.…In most cases the input port is blue, the output port is green, and the mic port is pink.…On Macs such as the Mac Pro, the iMac, and the Mac Mini, you'll find input and output ports as well.…
The input port in this case has the symbol with the two triangles pointing towards each…other, and the output port has a speaker icon.…Depending on what type of device you need to hook up to your computer, you're going…to need a variety of adapters.…There are many different types of cables for connecting things like microphones, guitars,…keyboards; maybe you want to convert old vinyl records to MP3s.…You'll need to figure out how to connect your device to your computer.…
- 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.