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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (March 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593272707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593272708
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Carla Schroder is a systems and network administrator. She is the author of Linux Cookbook and Linux Networking Cookbook (both O'Reilly), as well as hundreds of how-to's for various technology publications. Carla enjoys playing instruments and recording local bands using Audacity.

Customer Reviews

This is a great book for beginners to intermediate level of DAW knowledge.
Javier Fernandez
Most of all, the book gets out of the way to let you work on the projects you want to work on in the way you want to work.
Michael Larsen
This is a very informative book giving great details on many parts of the Audacity software for voice/sound recordings.
James

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Michael Larsen on April 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
There are times when a book reviewer reviews a book because it's something they have a passing interest in, or it is something they know they should be doing and want to learn more. Then there are those books that relate to something so familiar and so every day, that it's easy to build an expectation for the title. For me, audio editing on behalf of the TWiST podcast is a nearly daily thing (at least five days a week), and Audacity is my tool of choice for doing audio editing, partly by chance but more recently by familiarity. Is there a book out there that would keep my interest on the subject?

I'm happy to say that "The Book of Audacity", written by Carla Schroeder, and published by No-Starch Press, is just such a book. You don't have to be a computer aficionado, but it certainly helps. You don't have to be a musician, but it certainly helps there, too. You don't have to be someone who enjoys a witty and sometimes mildly sarcastic writing style, but again, it certainly helps. If you are the special geek that fits all three of these categories just mentioned, then this book is a gem!

The Book of Audacity is platform agnostic, but shows a number of approaches to using it on a number of platforms (with a special section specifically focusing on Linux). Audacity is free and cross platform, and the author spends plenty of time trying to make the users feel comfortable tackling the various topics.

Many books are written to describe the process of recording and producing music, but they often devolve into an impenetrable treatise on sound theory and issues of interest to professional audio and signal processing engineers, leaving many of us everyday folks interested in recording behind. Carla is careful to not do that here.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Drinker on November 5, 2011
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Before you buy this only moderately-expensive book, I suggest you do three things: (1) download Audacity (the full version is free); (2) go through the free tutorials that come downloaded with it; and (3) read the extremely extensive "LOOK INSIDE!" material that is supplied here on Amazon by the author, Carla Schroder.

She has graciously given us most of her 359-page book to read for free before purchase, so make use of it. I confess that I read so much for free--hours worth--I felt duty bound to buy the book, even though I'm a Mac user and the author states on page 47 that it is written for Windows and Linux. I do not regret the purchase because (1) most of the material is applicable to the Mac version of Audacity also, and (2) the book covers vastly more useful information about audio recording than just Audacity. Check out the detailed version of her Table of Contents in "LOOK INSIDE!" to see for yourself. Schroder also provides a 16-page index that is very useful.

There are separate chapters on how to configure Windows and Linux machines for Audacity, but none for Mac, and there is a chapter on Audacity plugins for Windows and Linux machines, but none for Mac. However, this information can be found for free on the Internet. I wish Schroder had included Mac in her book project because I enjoy her writing, so I would like to have gotten specific Mac info from her. Maybe she'll accommodate some day so I can give her that fifth star.

I initially downloaded Audacity because I wanted to extend the length of play-along segments on CDs that accompany many music instruction books I purchased. Some of these play-along segments are only 20 or 30 seconds long, but I wanted them to last for three or four minutes, at least. Audacity lengthened those play-alongs seamlessly.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J.K. on May 23, 2011
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I bought this book so that I could get a clear idea of what Audacity does and how it could help me record and improve audio for instructional ESL videos posted on YouTube. I'm not a complete beginner when it comes to general video and video animation effects but I know next to nothing about sound engineering. This book very simply gets the job done. It's both an engaging read from cover to cover and it works well as a reference work to dip in and get what you need. Now, when I look at how poorly done the audio is on most instructional YouTube channels in my field that still get millions of views, even in cases such as pronunciation work where quality audio is the most important part of the video, I am confident that I can do a far better job simply because I bought this one book here on Amazon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Howlett on May 20, 2011
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Product: The Book of Audacity by No Starch Press
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This book gave me 100% Satisfaction...

Pros:
Accurate, Easy to understand, Well-written, Helpful examples, Concise
Best Uses:
Student, Intermediate, Novice, Expert
Describe Yourself:
Educator

I'm a relatively new podcaster on a budget. I decided to use Audacity as my audio editing platform because, among other reasons, I assumed that documentation was abundant. I soon realized that this is not necessarily so.

I previously read another tile "Podcasting with Audacity: Audio Editing for Everyone" but still had several gaps in my understanding. The Audacity Book filled in all of those gaps and expanded my comprehension of the product. The writing was easy to understand. Where necessary, basic theory was presented; however, the bulk of this book consists of several basic-to-advanced projects including making ringtones, recording high-quality audio CD rips and archiving legacy analog audio. Hands-on learners will love this approach.

To my mind, the BEST thing about this title is the coverage of installation and use across the major operating systems; Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. Most technical books give Linux little if any considerations. The Audacity Book not only details installation in Linux, it includes a list of multimedia Linux distros and supplementary programs.

Just one or two of the tips provided by this book would more than justify the cost. [Disclosure: I was provided a free review copy.] Happily, the title has several dozen such tips for both novices and experts. I consider this The Book of Audacity an essential addition to the library of any Audacity user. Highly recommended.
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Carla is a self-taught system and network administrator fluent in Linux and Windows, with a smattering of Mac OS X. Author of three computer books, hundreds of howto articles, managing editor of Linux Today and Linux Planet, musician, farmer, photographer, and all-around do-it-yourselfer. Motto: Anyone can learn anything, and you're never too old to try something new.

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