Book of Audacity Record, Edit, Mix, and Master with the Free Audio Editor

ISBN-10: 1593272707

ISBN-13: 9781593272708

Edition: 2010

Authors: Carla Schroder
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Description: Audacity is a cross-platform, open source program that allows anyone to turn their computer into a powerful recording studio. Audacity is free, but it can easily do the work of expensive digital audio workstations like Pro Tools and Adobe Audition. The Book of Audacity shows you how to complete fun and useful projects with the software while demystifying geeky digital audio jargon along the way. You'll learn how to digitize your vinyl record collections, create podcasts, record live performances, create super-high fidelity recordings, mix and master multi-track recordings, and create ringtones, special effects, and more. You'll also learn how to package your work for online distribution, whether that means distributing a podcast on iTunes or selling an album on CD Baby. With clear, step-by-step instructions and screenshots to illustrate each project, The Book of Audacity will turn amateur podcasters and open source enthusiasts into professional digital audio producers in no time.

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List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: No Starch Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694

Carla Schroder is a self-taught Linux and Windows sysadmin who laid hands on her first computer around her 37th birthday. Her first PC was a Macintosh LC II. Next came an IBM clone--a 386SX running MS-DOS 5 and Windows 3.1 with a 14-inch color display--which was adequate for many pleasant hours of Doom play. Then around 1997 she discovered Red Hat 5.0 and had a whole new world to explore. Somewhere along the way she found herself doing freelance consulting for small businesses and home users, supporting both Linux and Windows users and integrating Linux and Windows on the LAN, primarily Linux servers and Windows clients. She is the author of the Linux Cookbook for O'Reilly, and writes Linux how-tos for several computer publications. Carla is living proof that you're never too old to try something new; computers are a heck of a lot of fun; and anyone can learn to do anything. Visit tuxcomputing.com for more Carla stuff.

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What Can Audacity Do?
What This Book Covers
Audacity vs. Ardour;
Audacity from Start to Finish
Audacity Quick-Start
Audacity in Detail
Managing Audacity Projects
Selecting Tracks and Segments of Tracks
Track Panel
Cutting Out Unwanted Chunks
Fade In and Out
Making Quiet Recordings Louder
Timer Record and Sound Activated Recording
Mixer Board
Track Metadata
Final Mixdown
Audio File Formats and Quality Settings
Now What?;
Building a Good Digital Sound Studio on the Cheap
Getting Sound In and Out of the Computer
Multichannel Recording, PCI, USB, FireWire
USB or FireWire?
Microphones
Microphone Preamp
Speakers and Headphones
Your Computer Must Have Muscle and Vast Drawers
Operating Systems
Portable Recording
The Secret of Recording Your Own Great Audio
Visit Appendix A;
Transferring Vinyl LPs (and Other Legacy Media) to CD
Preparing Vinyl LPs for Copying
Eight Steps to Converting Records to CDs
Audacity Settings
Recording
Fixing Defects
Customizing Dynamic Range Compression
Normalization
Dividing a Long Track into Individual Songs
Exporting to CD-Ready Files, One Long Audacity Track
Exporting to CD-Ready Files, Multiple Audacity Tracks
Writing Songs to a CD
Copying Vintage 78s
Connecting Legacy Devices to Your Computer
Which Is Better: Vinyl, Tape, or CDs?;
Creating and Editing Live Tracks for CD
Making Good Live Recordings
Audacity Settings for Recording
Editing Live Recordings
Optional Track Metadata
Final Export
Writing Your Songs to CD
Combining Songs from Different Recording Sessions, Fix-its, and Special Effects;
Authoring a Compilation CD
Audio CDs
CD Writers and Software
Three Ways to Author a CD Compilation in Audacity
Fixes and Cleanups
Configuring Audacity for Orange Book CDs
Computer Media Players
Ripping CDs
Ripping DVDs;
Authoring Super High-Fidelity Audio DVDs
What Are WAV, AIFF, and FLAC?
DVD-Audio Overview
Creating High-Quality Recordings in Audacity
Transferring Legacy Media
Learn More;
Creating Podcasts
The Short Story
Making a Simple Voicecast
Export to MP3 or Ogg?
Two-Person Podcasts
Adding a Background Music Track;
Becoming an Online Star
File Formats and Audio Quality
The Business of a Recording Artist
Establishing an Online Presence
Online Music Distributors
Self-Hosting
To DRM or Not to DRM?
Copyrights and Legal Issues
Learn More;
Multitrack Recording
Tracks, Channels, and Clips
How to Make Multitrack Recordings
Playback Tips and Tricks
Label Tracks
Aligning and Moving Tracks
Metronome Track
Overdubbing
NTSC, PAL, and CDDA Frames
Creating Loops
Mixdown to Stereo
Control Your Channel Mapping;
Making Your Own Ringtones
Customizing Audio for a Mobile Phone
Applying Dynamic Range Compression
Phone Audio File Formats
Proprietary Audio File Formats
How to Transfer Files to Your Phone;
Audacity Plug-ins for Special Effects
Cross-Fades
Generate Menu
Effect Menu
Linux Plug-ins
Windows Plug-ins
Audio Effects Glossary;
Fix-its and Cleanups
Split Stereo Tracks
Repeat Last Effect
Noise Removal
Normalization
Remove Clicks and Scratches
Truncate Silence
Change Tempo
Change Pitch
Change Speed
Compress Dynamic Range
Equalization
Fix Timing and Latency Errors
Analyze Menu;
Configuring Linux for Best Audio Quality
Using Distributions with Real-Time Kernels
Building a Real-Time Kernel
Latency Is Not That Scary
Sorting Out Linux Audio
Using ALSA
Hardware Testing with alsa-utils
Querying Your Sound Card
Using JACK with Audacity
Turning PulseAudio and Phonon Off
Linux System Tweaks
The Tangled History of Linux Audio
Sound Cards;
Configuring Windows for Best Audio Quality
Enabling MP3 Support
Enabling WMA, M4A/M4P Support
Low-Latency Recording and Audio Driver Fun
Tuning Windows for Best Performance
Configuring Windows Audio Devices;
Customizing Audacity
Customizing Audacity's Default Options
Devices
Playback
Recording
Quality
Interfffffface
Tracks
Import/Export
Projects
Libraries
Spectrograms
Directories
Warnings
Effects
Keyboard and Mouse; Audio Hardware
PCI, PCI-e, PCMCIA Sound Cards
USB Recording Interfaces
FireWire Recording Interfaces
Stand Alone ADC/DACs
Glossary
A–E
F–J
K–O
P–T
U–Z; Seven Myths of Digital Audio
The Myth of the Golden Ear
The Myth of Burn-In
The Myth of Tube Superiority
The Myth of Uber Cables
The Myth of Analog Superiority
The Myth That You Don't Need Tone Controls
The Myth That Someone Else Knows Better Than You
References and Resources
Books
Online Resources
Image Credits
GNU Free Documentation License
Updates
Colophon
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