Books & Videos

Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 Audacity from Start to Finish

    1. Audacity Quick-Start

    2. Audacity in Detail

    3. Managing Audacity Projects

    4. Selecting Tracks and Segments of Tracks

    5. Track Panel

    6. Cutting Out Unwanted Chunks

    7. Fade In and Out

    8. Making Quiet Recordings Louder

    9. Timer Record and Sound Activated Recording

    10. Mixer Board

    11. Track Metadata

    12. Final Mixdown

    13. Audio File Formats and Quality Settings

    14. Now What?

  2. Chapter 2 Building a Good Digital Sound Studio on the Cheap

    1. Getting Sound In and Out of the Computer

    2. Multichannel Recording, PCI, USB, FireWire

    3. USB or FireWire?

    4. Microphones

    5. Microphone Preamp

    6. Speakers and Headphones

    7. Your Computer Must Have Muscle and Vast Drawers

    8. Operating Systems

    9. Portable Recording

    10. The Secret of Recording Your Own Great Audio

    11. Visit Appendix A

  3. Chapter 3 Transferring Vinyl LPs (and Other Legacy Media) to CD

    1. Preparing Vinyl LPs for Copying

    2. Eight Steps to Converting Records to CDs

    3. Audacity Settings

    4. Recording

    5. Fixing Defects

    6. Customizing Dynamic Range Compression

    7. Normalization

    8. Dividing a Long Track into Individual Songs

    9. Exporting to CD-Ready Files, One Long Audacity Track

    10. Exporting to CD-Ready Files, Multiple Audacity Tracks

    11. Writing Songs to a CD

    12. Copying Vintage 78s

    13. Connecting Legacy Devices to Your Computer

    14. Which Is Better: Vinyl, Tape, or CDs?

  4. Chapter 4 Creating and Editing Live Tracks for CD

    1. Making Good Live Recordings

    2. Audacity Settings for Recording

    3. Editing Live Recordings

    4. Optional Track Metadata

    5. Final Export

    6. Writing Your Songs to CD

    7. Combining Songs from Different Recording Sessions, Fix-its, and Special Effects

  5. Chapter 5 Authoring a Compilation CD

    1. Audio CDs

    2. CD Writers and Software

    3. Three Ways to Author a CD Compilation in Audacity

    4. Fixes and Cleanups

    5. Configuring Audacity for Orange Book CDs

    6. Computer Media Players

    7. Ripping CDs

    8. Ripping DVDs

  6. Chapter 6 Authoring Super High-Fidelity Audio DVDs

    1. What Are WAV, AIFF, and FLAC?

    2. DVD-Audio Overview

    3. Creating High-Quality Recordings in Audacity

    4. Transferring Legacy Media

    5. Learn More

  7. Chapter 7 Creating Podcasts

    1. The Short Story

    2. Making a Simple Voicecast

    3. Export to MP3 or Ogg?

    4. Two-Person Podcasts

    5. Adding a Background Music Track

  8. Chapter 8 Becoming an Online Star

    1. File Formats and Audio Quality

    2. The Business of a Recording Artist

    3. Establishing an Online Presence

    4. Online Music Distributors

    5. Self-Hosting

    6. To DRM or Not to DRM?

    7. Copyrights and Legal Issues

    8. Learn More

  9. Chapter 9 Multitrack Recording

    1. Tracks, Channels, and Clips

    2. How to Make Multitrack Recordings

    3. Playback Tips and Tricks

    4. Label Tracks

    5. Aligning and Moving Tracks

    6. Metronome Track

    7. Overdubbing

    8. NTSC, PAL, and CDDA Frames

    9. Creating Loops

    10. Mixdown to Stereo

    11. Control Your Channel Mapping

  10. Chapter 10 Making Your Own Ringtones

    1. Customizing Audio for a Mobile Phone

    2. Applying Dynamic Range Compression

    3. Phone Audio File Formats

    4. Proprietary Audio File Formats

    5. How to Transfer Files to Your Phone

  11. Chapter 11 Audacity Plug-ins for Special Effects

    1. Cross-Fades

    2. Generate Menu

    3. Effect Menu

    4. Linux Plug-ins

    5. Windows Plug-ins

    6. Audio Effects Glossary

  12. Chapter 12 Fix-its and Cleanups

    1. Split Stereo Tracks

    2. Repeat Last Effect

    3. Noise Removal

    4. Normalization

    5. Remove Clicks and Scratches

    6. Truncate Silence

    7. Change Tempo

    8. Change Pitch

    9. Change Speed

    10. Compress Dynamic Range

    11. Equalization

    12. Fix Timing and Latency Errors

    13. Analyze Menu

  13. Chapter 13 Configuring Linux for Best Audio Quality

    1. Using Distributions with Real-Time Kernels

    2. Building a Real-Time Kernel

    3. Latency Is Not That Scary

    4. Sorting Out Linux Audio

    5. Using ALSA

    6. Hardware Testing with alsa-utils

    7. Querying Your Sound Card

    8. Using JACK with Audacity

    9. Turning PulseAudio and Phonon Off

    10. Linux System Tweaks

    11. The Tangled History of Linux Audio

    12. Sound Cards

  14. Chapter 14 Configuring Windows for Best Audio Quality

    1. Enabling MP3 Support

    2. Enabling WMA, M4A/M4P Support

    3. Low-Latency Recording and Audio Driver Fun

    4. Tuning Windows for Best Performance

    5. Configuring Windows Audio Devices

  15. Chapter 15 Customizing Audacity

    1. Customizing Audacity's Default Options

    2. Devices

    3. Playback

    4. Recording

    5. Quality

    6. Interface

    7. Tracks

    8. Import/Export

    9. Projects

    10. Libraries

    11. Spectrograms

    12. Directories

    13. Warnings

    14. Effects

    15. Keyboard and Mouse

  1. Appendix Audio Hardware

    1. PCI, PCI-e, PCMCIA Sound Cards

    2. USB Recording Interfaces

    3. FireWire Recording Interfaces

    4. Stand Alone ADC/DACs

  2. Appendix Glossary

    1. A–E

    2. F–J

    3. K–O

    4. P–T

    5. U–Z

  3. Appendix Seven Myths of Digital Audio

    1. The Myth of the Golden Ear

    2. The Myth of Burn-In

    3. The Myth of Tube Superiority

    4. The Myth of Uber Cables

    5. The Myth of Analog Superiority

    6. The Myth That You Don’t Need Tone Controls

    7. The Myth That Someone Else Knows Better Than You

  4. Appendix References and Resources

    1. Books

    2. Online Resources

    3. Image Credits

    4. GNU Free Documentation License

  5. Appendix Updates

  6. Colophon