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Getting Started with Audacity 1.3
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She has 10 chapters with well written step-by-step guides that show you how to set up the software, record the sound files on computer, edit and repair the sound files, add effects, and then export your final product in a variety of formats. She tries to keep jargon to a minimum but that is pretty difficult so she provides a reasonable glossary in an appendix. Chapter 9 is a great reference chapter that could easily be overlooked. It has clear details on all the Audacity effects and how to apply them - it would have been more accessible as an appendix.
There are two traps for young players that are not dealt with adequately in the book: Firstly, there are only sketchy notes on what sample rates, sample formats and bit rates mean - these are things you have to select when you save a file and are totally daunting to a beginner. Secondly, there is no discussion of the pros and cons of working files in the most commonly used file formats of wav and mp3. Specifically, editing in mp3 is `lossy' which means that information can be lost every time you save a file, so it is better to edit in wav format and export into mp3 as the last step.
Throughout the time I spent reviewing the chapters, I found the book to be interesting and very readable, proposing projects that were both easy to do and immediately compelling, such as creating and editing useful soundbits from a ringtone to creating a podcast complete with a phone interview. I even used what I had learned to create my own ringtones: the first chords of "Fortunate Son" by Creedence for one, and a few bars of the main theme from the film "Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea" for another.
I recommend this book for those that want to create or edit their own soundbits and don't know how. It is the perfect introduction to audio editing. The fact that the app used is available on the three major operating systems for free, and that it has an intuitive interface is a major boon.
Very clear, step-by-step approach (about 200 mono pages with screenshots, plus numerous hints and tips along the way)
An ideal starting point for online journalists, bloggers and students. (Includes easy-to-follow advice on using Skype/Audacity to record interviews and how to submit podcast-ready audio files to iTunes)
Very good chapters on `beyond the basics' (how to use echo, EQ, compression, ducking etc).
Helpful guide to output file formats and how to extend Audacity with plugins and libraries.
The price. Sorry, but an RRP of £24.99 ($39.99 US) is a bit too steep, in my view. However, an e-book version is available on the Packt website and watch out for Amazon deals.
This book will have you weaving audio magic in no time ... if you can afford it.
The book introduces Audacity of this complexity and confusion in a very easy-to-follow manner. Throughout the book each platform (Mac, Windows and Linux) is well taken care of. For example, a) installation of Audacity, Skype (used to record the audio), Audacity plug-ins and b) keyboard shortcuts are explained well enough for each OS. I didn't need to spend a time on Google at all. After explaining installation and basic usage, the author introduces a sample project. That is making a podcast with the audio you record with a Skype interview. From recording to publishing. The final outcome is really a podcast. The author introduces how to add background music, export the entire audio and publish to the iTunes. So remember that this book doesn't end with very basic cutting and pasting.Read more ›
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If you have never looked at an audio editor before, your first look at Audacity can be a little over-whelming. Read morePublished 13 months ago by radiotales
Great resource for getting started with Audacity. Book contains detailed yet comprehensible explanations of software features along with images/screenshots for further clarity.Published on February 13, 2013 by Michael Schwartz
Being a noob at the whole recording thing, I needed something a little more involved than the Audacity online help file. Read morePublished on March 13, 2012 by A. Lawless
audacity is a great program
and is really easy to use
most people should not need any manual let alone a separate book -- if they have any experience with recording... Read more
This is an outstanding book, particularly for beginners in audio mixing. How you use it depends on your objectives. Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by Let's Compare Options Preptorial
Some months ago I was asked to be a technical reviewer for the, now recently published, book "Getting Started with Audacity 1.3'. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Arturo BUSLEIMAN