A new world of recorded music is available to the everyman and woman: The power of a computer and software– the audacity download which is totally free– matching the quality produced by a music studio.
Before you lament having to learn yet another software program, check out the audacity tutorial. You’ll find the program is easy to use and what you need help on, there is plenty in forums and audacity tutorial videos in the online community –they are happy to share the love with you all!
To get you started we’ve listed a few simple steps to using Audacity software.
Recording on Audacity–What You Will Need
The Audacity download – go to their website and simply follow the prompts to download
A computer with 1.6GHz at the least, and 2 gigabits RAM. If you want more storage space, use any of the social media or music-sharing venues.
Speakers and headphones–get the best you can, but average quality will do. You can work without speakers if you want to, by using your headphones plugged into your computer to both monitor while recording, and to playback. Speakers are a big plus though.
Note Regarding CD Distribution: You only need the CD burner on your computer to copy your Audacity recording project, rendering professional quality CDs, as many as you desire. You can easily distribute your professional CDs/MP3s for personal or financial gain.
Recording Your Music
Select desired audio source. If you want to use Midi, you will need to download midi to audio conversion software. The Easy Pro, one option, runs about 27.00 USD
Click on and highlight one track, just as you would highlight something in a word document- this is the track you will record on.
Record, hit stop, then you can edit, erase and so on by right clicking and highlighting a certain segment of the recording you want to edit. There is an editing bar next to the control toolbar–there you will find options to cut/copy/paste etc.
Helpful Audacity tools:
Envelope tool allows you to increase or decrease volume. You can fade in and out just like songs you hear on the radio.
Snap tool – If tracks sound like they are in different speeds, or if you have some tracks in digital and others in analogue, this tool snaps the track you are working with to the closest beat, so all tracks are in time with each other. Wish you could have this for your live band, don’t ya?
Undo/redo – lets you undo and re-record any piece of audio, as many times as you want to. This tool is on the top right hand side – you will see forward and reverse arrows, like on a tape player.
Transposing the key of any track. If you have tracks or audio samples / loops that are not all in the same key, use this tool to match them up
Quick mix- in audacity it is one click mixing, whereas other software can have a multi-step mixing process
Be sure to save everything continually throughout your recording
You don’t want to loose all that hard word. Then simply choose export, and pick the format you want–probably MP3. Are you ready to enhance your Audacity knowledge?
Go to the Audacity tutorial where you will enjoy professional guidance
…all in easy to understand language. And be sure to tell your friends about the fantastic, FREE, Audacity download.