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How to create Portable Audacity?

Audacity provides its users with a lot of facilities and one such facility is that users can keep their Personal Preferences settings with their application wherever they go. Users can take Audacity with them on the go on portable devices such as a USB drive and use it on any PC while keeping all of their personal Audacity settings.

This is Audacity’s built-in feature that on launch it checks for a Portable Settings folder in the same directory as the executable file or Audacity.exe or audacity.app. If the¬†Portable Settings folder exists in the same directory then Audacity will store the settings there rather than the standard folder. Continue reading

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How to change Audacity’s language?

Audacity can run in many non-English languages. By default, Audacity runs in the same language as that of your operating system. If you picked any language during the Windows installer then it would be for the interface of the installer only.

You can either change the language of Audacity from the Interface Preferences or modify the audacity.cfg file to change the language. Continue reading

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How to Sync-Lock Track Groups using Audacity?

There is a special feature found in Audacity known as Sync-Locked Track Groups. This feature is enabled by the “Sync-Lock Tracks” menu item. This feature makes sure that the length and position changes occurring anywhere in a defined group of tracks also take place in all audio or label tracks in that Sync-Locked track group even if those tracks were not selected.

This allows you keep existing audio or labels synchronized together even when carrying out actions like inserting, deleting or changing speed or tempo.

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How to crossfade two tracks using Audacity?

In digital audio production, a crossfade is editing that makes a smooth transition between two audio files. Crossfading became easier to achieve with the invention of the computer-based digital audio editor. The main objective of a crossfade is to make a smooth transition between two sections of audio.

The two sections overlap and as one section fades out the other fades in. DJ’s mostly use this type of technique, for “compilation” tracks and mashups. Crossfade is also used for editing speech recordings, extending songs, creating loops for audio sequencers, repairing damaged recordings and much more.

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How to drop-in repair of Recording?

Audacity is a free and open-source digital audio editor and recording application software, available for Windows, macOS/OS X, and Unix-like operating systems.

To “drop-in” correction to a recorded track, you have to use a new track for each take. This is going to let you hear a “lead in” and “lead out” and, if needed, to make multiple attempts at correcting, from which we can select and use the one that we like best.

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How to use Audacity’s Multi-track Overdubbing?

Like many other features, Audacity also has the feature which allows you to create multiple soundtracks overdubbing. Basically, this feature allows you to record one track as you normally would and then play it and add a second track against it which may include drums, guitar, violin, or voice. You can also repeat the second track as needed.

For this feature, Headphones are essential as you will be able to hear a mix of your live recording and the previous tracks simultaneously in your headphones. So, headphones are must for overdubbing. Continue reading

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How to use Audacity’s Punch and Roll Record feature?

Audacity has a special feature called Punch and Roll Record which enables you to correct and fix the errors that you make during your recording sessions.

While recording, when you make a mistake, you can stop, back up over the mistakes and then continue on your recording session. This results in only one single track which is properly timed without the using of cutting, pasting or mixing of multiple tracks. Continue reading