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Audacity Tutorial #2 – How to Record Sound

Audacity is a terrific free sound editor that allows you to perform a lot of tasks such as record, slice and mix audio, this cross-platform digital audio editor and recording application comes packed with so many tools and effects that it can be a really good alternative to commercial products which, besides, can be really expensive and most times more difficult to learn and use. So, in this second tutorial I'm going to tell you how to record any sound or audio using Audacity.

The first thing you need to do, as obvious as it sounds, is to have Audacity installed and running in your PC, if you don't, go to the big blue “Download” button on top of this page and download the InstasllIQ Manager. Once you have it lte's say in your desktop or favorite downloads location, run it, it will take car of the rest.

OK, now open Audacity and open the source of the sound/audio/music you want to record, for this tutorial I'm going to use a video from but it can be anything that plays sounds like your favorite media player (i.e. VLC Media Player, Mplayer, etc) or audio player (i.e. Jajuk, Music Oasis, etc). Having both open and ready click on the Record button and immediately after start the sound/audio source. Doing this will leave a silence gap at the beginning of the recording but no worries it is really simple to remove it afterward.

You have to visualize the audio being recorded in Audacity like this:

Once your audio/sound/song stops playing you have to click on the Stop button to end the recording in Audacity.

Now if you want you can remove that silence gap at the beginning, to do so, move the scrollbar all to the left to the start of the recording. You'll see the silence gap like this:

Select the gap using the cursor.

Go to Edit > Delete or simply press Del in your keyboard.

And voilà!! the silence gap is gone.

You can do exactly the same if there was another silence gap at the end of the sound/audio/song you wanted to record. What's next is to save your recording into a file. Go to File > Save Project.

You'll get a warning telling that if you want to open or listen to your recording in other programs you have to export it in other format and that is just what I'm going to tell you in the next tutorial. But for now you can save your project as an .aup file in a quick way.

Click OK and the Save project as: window will appear here you can enter a name for your project and select a location for it.

Click on Save and you're done. Simple, easy and straightforward, couldn't ask for more!!

Final Words

In our next tutorial I'm going to tell you how to export your recordings to other formats like MP3 so you can listen to them on other programs even on your portable devices like MP3 players, iPod, iPhone etc.


Download Audacity right now by clicking on the “Download Now” link below and start recording any sound/audio/music you want.


Audacity Specs:
» Version: 1.3.1
» Download Size: 10.9MB
» Tested Virus FREE
» Operating System (OS): Windows 7,    Vista, XP and older OS's, Linux/Unix,    Mac OS X and others

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