¶ Audio Editing Example

The following video shows three different stages in the audio editing process as seen in Audacity and is intended to give you a sense of what this work can look like and help you organize yourself when editing your projects. (Here you will see all of the audio in one session. It could just as easily have been in three different ones.)

See "Audio Recording & Editing with Audacity" for editing "how to" guidance.

The steps that were taken in each section:

Basic Assembly

  • A rough assembly of the recording was made in which the general flow of the content was also put into place and certain unwanted content and mistakes were removed.

Editing & Noise Reduction

  • The assembly was further edited so that the clips are timed the way that works best and there are no dropouts (complete silence) in the sound.

  • A second track was created to make adjusting the timing of the clips easier as they can be slid back and forth and then trimmed once in place.

  • The Noise Reduction effect was applied to remove the background air conditioner noise.

Final Edit & Audio Levels Adjusted

  • The two tracks were combined by exporting the audio and reimporting it as a single track, pops and clicks were cut out but being selected and then deleted, volume levels were adjusted using the Envelope tool, fades in and out were added using the Fade In/Out effect and the Envelope tool, and the Reverb effect was used to create the reverb/echo effect.

  • Sound effects were added and put on separate tracks so they could be heard along with the voice track, and their levels were set so that they did not prevent the voice track from being audible.

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