When you open Audacity, you’ll start by importing the files that you want to edit. Choose File, select Import, then select Audio to transfer the files that you want.
You can drag and move your files so that they’re arranged in a way that makes them easier to edit. For example, move the file containing your background music to the top, so the voice recordings of your intro, main segment, and outro are all together. That will make it easier to line up the intro, main segment, and outro in the appropriate places.
Use the volume adjust button to correct the volume – for example, if your music is much louder than the voice on your intro, you can use Volume Adjust to turn the music down to an acceptable level. You can add volume break points to bring the music level down further once the speaking portion of the intro starts.
If you want to turn the music off entirely during part of your episode, you’ll highlight the music segment corresponding with that segment and use the Silence tool to temporarily silence the music during that segment. You can also choose Fade Out from the Effects menu in order to insert a gradual fade out leading up to the segment with no music.
When you want the music to restart during the outro, you can do the opposite and insert a Fade In from the Effects menu. Once the speaking part of the outro stops, insert another volume break and increase the volume again. Give it a few seconds, then insert another break point. Fade out again, then highlight and delete any music remaining on the track.
If you need to delete audio – for example, to take out an instance of misspeaking – you should use the zoom tools to zoom in to be sure that you can get the precise section that you need. Highlight the segment that you want to delete, then simply press delete.
Takeaways From this Lesson:
- Drag and move your files so that they align properly
- Use the Volume Adjust tool to turn the volume up and down if need, and use the Volume Break tool to separate your music into different volume segments
- Use the Fade Out and Fade In tools in the Effects menu to make music fade in and out going into different segments
- Use the Silence tool to turn music off entirely during a particular segment
- Highlight and press delete to remove a mistake or an extra segment of audio that you don’t need