Audacity Tutorial

For independent musicians, one part of the job is to find a way to record a great track with minimal effort on their part. The thing here is that during the earlier half of the 90s, this was impossible without a few thousand dollars on retainer, and a friend that knew someone with fairly decent gear. Yeah, those were the pitfalls of an old age, and while a part of it still remains, indie music now has a better chance at getting self published. This is done through a variety of different software that can help replicate the sound of professional mixing. Of course, not everyone is tech savvy, which requires you to read up on an Audacity Mac Tutorial.

Audacity Tutorial

Audacity Mac and How to Remove Vocals

One might question why some people need to take out vocals in some tracks. Well, if you’ve been stuck under 20 tons worth of rocks, you might have noticed that a lot of artists use samples from different artists to enhance their own tracks. For those that want to do this action themselves, the first thing to do would be to attain a higher quality track. This is to provide only the highest chance that you get to remove the vocals cleanly. The next thing is firing up audacity, with the loaded track in mind, and then clicking on the little black arrow next to the track’s name on the upper left hand side of the program. There should be an array of options in front of you after this, so the next step would be to pick the option split track. Once the interface is up, you should see two separate channels, double click one and go to option “invert” and click that. Go back the little black arrow, click it, and pick the option “mono” to fix the track up. Save this little vocal-less track, and there you have your first song done.

How to Normalize on Audacity

Ok, the only reason you might want to resort to normalizing is because you don’t want your track to peek at bad times. Generally speaking, peaking is when a track over extends the sound, and ends up breaching certain volume levels. To normalize is to reduce that breaching sound so everything remains stable rather than letting it sound like it’s distorted. At the same time, normalize also tries to even out tracks when they are too low in volume, making the whole recording sound whole rather than pieced apart. To achieve this, just pick “effect” on the main menu and scroll down to normalize. Remember to configure the sound to your liking just in case it doesn’t suit your tastes.

Audacity For Mac – Noise Removal

The last thing on this tutorial is how to remove excessive noise from your own home made recordings. On the program, there is a dedicated noise removal option already installed by defaults, just head on over to effect, and select noise removal with the whole track being highlighted. This should land you in a menu that’ll give you the option to remove the right level of noise, depending on your tastes. You can also select certain parts of the track are more noisy than others, and completely crops out those sections if needed. So there you have it, three portions most needed when asking for Audacity tips.