Tutorial – Recording and Editing


Step 1: Record for real this time

Click the red Record button image of red record button in the Transport Control toolbar then begin talking or playing. Continue for as long as you want. When you feel you’ve recorded enough, click the Stop button image of yellow stop button.

Try to aim for a maximum peak of around –6dB (see: dB) or 0.5 if you have your meters set to linear rather than dB.

Tip: Enlarging the Meter Toolbar by clicking and dragging helps considerably with this task.

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Tutorial – Editing an Existing File

The easiest way to use Audacity is to open up an existing audio file and make small changes. If you’ve never used Audacity before, this is a great place to start.


The objective of this tutorial is to learn how to edit a sound file. To achieve this objective, we are going to open an existing sound file, remove all but 10 seconds of this file, apply a 1-second fade-out at the end, export the results, and play it in your favorite audio player. These steps will introduce the basic steps commonly used when editing a file.