How to Edit Audio

Many new ways to edit audio have emerged as a result of advances in digital audio editing technology. While professional studios use specialised equipment such as studio microphones and mixing boards to produce higher-quality sounds, basic editing can be accomplished with just a virtual studio installed on a home computer. The basic functions of the sound editing software remain unchanged.

Method 1 Installing Sound Studio Software

1. Install sound editing software on your computer. You can buy a CD or download the programme from the Internet and simply follow the instructions in the installation guide. There are numerous programmes available, but here are a few of the most popular ones from which to choose.

Audacity is an open source software that allows you to record and edit multiple tracks at the same time. It also has a very effective noise removal function that removes hissing, static, and humming by simply selecting a noise sample and then removing it from the entire track.

Power Sound Editor: allows you to record and edit tracks that will be mixed with other parts of a musical composition. You can also change the audio data by using time-shifting effects like Echo, Chorus, and Reverb. Power Sound Editor makes it simple to share your edited audios via the Internet or email. Finalized files can also be burned to a CD.

Mp3DirectCut is a programme that specialises in recording and editing MP3 files. This file format is ideal for those who want to compress files to make them smaller.

Wavosaur is a programme that captures and processes WAV files. It provides real-time effects, allowing you to hear how the effects sound while recording audio. Wavosaur also supports the MP3 file format.

Method 2 Recording Features

1. Connect a microphone as the input device on your computer to record audio (almost all computers have a microphone in port). The following features allow you to do advanced recording.

If your computer has more than one microphone port, record on multiple tracks.

Dub over other tracks by recording a new track while the previously recorded tracks play in the background.

Method 3 Transferring Audio Files

1. Connecting your computer to external devices via USB allows you to easily import and export audio files. Most sound editing software allows you to import and export files in a variety of formats, including AIFF, OGG VORBIS, WAV, and, most notably, MP3.

Method 4 Editing Features

1. Using audio editing software, edit recorded or transferred audio files. Each audio editing software has its own set of features, but here are the most common ones.

To rearrange the composition, copy and paste sections of a track.

Unwanted tracks or parts of tracks can be removed.

Mix tracks by adjusting the volume levels of each track individually.

Method 5 Using Effects

1. To improve the sound of your instruments or vocals, add digital effects to your audio tracks. The following effects are available in most virtual studio software.

Pitch change: to raise or lower the pitch of the track.

Noise reduction or elimination: this reduces or eliminates hissing and other unwanted background noise.

Echo, Flanger, Delay, and other similar effects that repeat or shift the time of notes to make them sound fuller are examples.

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