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Editing in Audacity
Step Four: Assembling Your SoundHere you will learn how to split, copy, and move audio clips. As part of this step, you will need to listen to the recordings to identify the best takes. When you have concluded, your assembly should look something like this:
This video will show you the skills and techniques to create your assembly:
Step Five: Adjusting the Timing and Clean UpAt this point, you are going to smooth out the sound by adding crossfades and in and out fades, adjusting the timing between the clips (the pacing of the reading), and cleaning up more difficult clicks and pops when possible. This video will show you the skills and techniques you will need as well as teach you about the multitool.
Step Six (optional): Improving Vocal QualityFinally, if you would like, to experiment with effects that might improve the audio quality by following CasualSavage's "How To Improve Voice Quality in Audacity 2020" video. (CasualSavage has a number of helpful videos on Audacity and audio recording more broadly.) I recommend you create a new track and copy your sound clip so that you can compare the two clips.
Step Seven: ExportingNow that you are done, it’s time to export your audio. If you feel comfortable with it, share your audio file with me. I’d love to hear how it turned out and about your process.
To conclude, we'll look at some other tools. That information will be made available October 3rd.
Practicum: Improving Vocal Quality
Finally, if you would like to experiment with effects that might improve the audio quality, follow CasualSavage's "How To Improve Voice Quality in Audacity 2020" video. (CasualSavage has a number of Audacity videos that will help you develop your knowledge and skills.) If you choose to take this step, I recommend you create a new track and copy your sound clip so that you can compare the two clips.
If you created multiple tracks for your final assembly, it is best to mix down the tracks so that all of the tracks you want to add the effects to are on one track. You can do this by using the mix function or export all of the tracks together to mix them down into one clip and reimport the audio.
To export and mix down multiple tracks, highlight all of the tracks you want to export and go to File, Export, Export Selected Audio. Select "Export Selected Audio."