Audacity: Tutorial in German with the 11 best tips

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The open source audio editor Audacity does not have the most modern interface, but it is extensive and therefore often receives a recommendation. The program is suitable for creating podcasts as well as for post-processing of sound content. It does not matter whether the latter are sequences that you created from scratch with Audacity or those downloaded from the Internet. The numerous effects in the program are somewhat nested – no wonder, as they form an important backbone and make up a large part of the pompous range of functions.

Technical features: The program was previously unable to save in MP3 format, which users remedied by retrofitting a DLL file for the LAME encoder. That is now obsolete. Saving AUP3 project files, which record your work progress (but are not the actual audio files, similar to Windows Movie Maker with its WLMP format) does not work with FAT (16) and FAT32 formatted partitions; It should be NTFS. On the other hand, you encode MP3s on FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS drives. With Audacity, you can prepare your audio files in such a way that they are well suited for video editing projects in Movie Maker.

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1. Record your own voice with Audacity

Connect a microphone to your computer via USB; This is usually not necessary with a notebook, since an audio recording unit is usually already integrated here. Start Audacity and click on the red circular recorder icon in the toolbar at the top. Begin speaking or singing. End the recording with the space bar. Pressing the space bar again plays the recorded content. Press [Space] during playback, it ends and starts over when you press the hotkey button again.

2.Remove (cut) unnecessary audio sections

You can import audio files to be edited into Audacity by dragging and dropping them. If you want to remove a sound section, select it while holding down the mouse button. If you hit the space bar, just listen to that part; there is no endless playback. If, while listening in, it turns out that too much or too little of the unwanted audio sequence has been marked, use the mouse to redraw the marking rectangle. Then listen in again. With the unwanted precisely selected, press the Delete key to banish it. Tip: With long audio files, it is often difficult to work precisely when marking. It helps to enlarge the view: To zoom or scale, scroll up while holding down the Ctrl key. You can normalize the display by scrolling down.

In case you’re wondering where to start your mark, you can find unwanted sequences by listening to the entire audio work. The Audacity visualization provides rough information as to which content is waiting at which point: A long (almost) straight line with no upward or downward deflections probably contains pauses in conversations or contains a very low voice. Incidentally, an audio part cannot be included [Entf] delete if you are currently playing it; If necessary, stop playback by pressing the space bar or by waiting until playback has come to an end.

3. Play sequences several times in a row

The keyboard shortcuts known from word processors also work with Audacity: Use Ctrl-A to select everything, Ctrl-C to copy and Ctrl-V to paste. Ctrl-Z undoes the previous action, Ctrl-Y revises Ctrl-Z. If you want an interesting sequence to amuse the listener several times in a row, select this audio part and press Ctrl-C. Click where you want to insert the part. Then press Ctrl-V.

Repeat this as often as you like. If you like, you can also delete with Ctrl-A and [Entf] everything and paste the previously copied with Ctrl-C via Ctrl-V several times, so that this content forms the exclusive foundation of the audio project. Again, don’t forget to click the mouse before pressing Ctrl-V.

4. Increase the volume of the audio

To increase the volume of audio, highlight a sequence and go to “Effect> Boost” at the top. Now set the gain in a dialog that pops up. There should be a tick in front of “Allow overrides”. Confirm with “OK”. With Windows Media Player or with the all-rounder player VLC play the files created by Audacity.

5. Change pitch

6. Other effects

Other interesting effects in the menu bar section “Effects” are “Echo”, “Change speed”, “Backward” and “Shorten silence”. The latter has the effect that Audacity eliminates speaking pauses in which nothing can be heard and thus moves parts of the voice together. This reduces the overall length.

7. If there are two voices in the audio, edit only one

8. Combine two audio files into one

Combining two audio files into one is quick and easy: import them using drag & drop. Each file is assigned its own track and thus a line. Select the sequence of the file visualization below and cut it out with Ctrl-X. Click at the end of the upper file visualization, there paste the content from the clipboard with Ctrl-V. At the end you save via “File> Export”.

9. Insert beeps to obscure content

With just a few clicks you can beep out unwanted parts of audio files. This is necessary for a recorded interview, for example, if you want to publish it online. Of course, you should have permission from the interlocutor to publish.

Are there any explosive statements that the audience shouldn’t take to heart, for example because they are defamatory, clumsy or clumsy, or because they are legally on insecure ground? – But the rest of the content seems harmless? Then you have the choice: the sequence in question can be cut out, replaced by silence or disguised with beeps. We will deal with the latter in a separate article.

10. Save with Audacity

A file edited with Audacity is saved via “File> Export” and a click on the entry of the desired format; choose for example “Export as MP3”. A few other formats are available; a DLL encoder has to be retrofitted for WMA encoding. The key combination Ctrl-S is only used to save pseudo: With this you do not create an audio file, but a project file that essentially only reads Audacity.

Free Audacity alternatives

All in all, Audacity is recommendable software. If it doesn’t work, or if you find the surface to be brittle, it is good to know alternatives. The free full version Ashampoo Music Studio is one of these: the suite sets other functional priorities, but also masters basics such as reducing the length of audio sequences. It is operated using modern tiles in Windows 8 guise.
Ocenaudio is less easy to use than the Ashampoo solution, but has a few functions and an iTunes design.
If you want to quickly cut (not only) MP3 audio, Abelssoft’s MP3 Cut Free is ideal. The Ashampoo Music Studio, for example, is good for recording sound card sounds; If you do not need its lavish function block, you can use the separate recording module in the form of Ashampoo Audio Recorder Free.
The latter tool is visually more modern than the No23 recorder, which also records and implements an audio CD ripper as an extra (old tool in the macOS window button look, still runs under Windows 10).

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