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Audacity: How to Clean Up a Recording

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

When I use Audacity in a lesson or class, it's never a super tidy process.  I often end up accidentally recording myself talking or I forget to stop the recording and end up recording twenty minutes of silence.  If I have a recoding I want to keep, it always requires a little cleaning up.  This is easily done with a few simple steps:

  1. Deleting unwanted material
  2. Cutting and pasting
  3. Adding fade ins or fade outs

These three things are usually as complicated as I need to get in order to create a decent finished product.  You'll want to do a few more things if you are sending the recording to a competition or audition, more on those things coming soon. For now check out this video to help clean up your recordings:

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