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Distorting audio with Audacity

I've been looking to know how to distort audio using Audacity in such a fashion where it sounds something similar to this (warning, loud audio). I've seen some videos in Discord with the audio having ...
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Audacity aac export vs ffmpeg

Apologies if this is off topic here. I have dozens of small audio files recorded using iOS VoiceMemo. These files fail to load properly in a web-based experiment that I am trying to run. When I open ...
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Normalize waveform level in Audacity

I´m in the process of digitizing a tape which features 90's dance tracks recorded from FM, but the problem is that some idiot (me at age 12) used to change the recording volume constantly between ...
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How can I export an Audacity file for a Five9 phone system?

I'm trying to streamline our menu recording workflow, because right now we have to send off every audio file to be converted by our Five9 support rep. The issue is I can't figure out how to get ...
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Auto Noise Reduction and (after that) Volume (dB) Amplification

For podcast broadcasts, we have to edit half an hour of audio recordings 8-10 times a month. Each edit takes more than an hour. The most time-consuming things are noise reduction, amplifying the low-...
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How to get a clean audio where one voice has overlapped in a conversation recording?

I am using Adobe Audition and Audacity to clean an audio recording of an interview recorded using OBS Desktop. The problem is that the interviewee's audio is distorted. I hear overlapping in the ...
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Change Audacity playback speed without affecting pitch

Audacity's Play-at-Speed Toolbar enables one to change the playback speed, but is there a way of changing the playback speed without the pitch changing? Changing VLC's playback speed has no effect on ...
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Shared file format for DAW

Newbie question: I record 2 tracks (voice, rhythm guitar) and I want to get these to my buddy who will lay a lead guitar track on top. I am using Audacity. He is using Garage Band. What file format ...
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What defines loudness of mp3 in a file?

Still trying to understand why loudness data is so difficult to find... Say there are mp3 files and a smartphone. Smartphone has amplification buttons, but at same level different files` sound is much ...
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Combine audio files with silence gap between each file (What's best software to do it on bulk)

How to merge audio files audacity with 0.8 seconds of silence between each clip like automatic way? It's many tracks, and usually, I was able to align them by "Select All> Tracks> Align ...
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How do you make a jumpscare sound effect?

I am making a short animated horror movie and I want to create most of the sounds for it myself. However, I got stuck on a part where I need a jumpscare sound. How can you make a sound using foley-...
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How do I adjust recorded audio so that the quiet parts become louder and the loud parts become quieter?

I'm currently using Audacity. I also have no understanding of audio design so if you could explain things in simple terms it would be greatly appreciated. So my buddy and I recorded a podcast, but his ...
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How do you sync two tracks of similar audio?

I shot a piece of video where someone was moving in rhythm with music. The audio is pretty terrible so I want to replace it with the actual song, since there is nothing else interesting to hear there ...
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What is the best WAV encoding and why?

I'm using Audacity to export a track, and there are just too many options to encode a .wav export: Signed 16/24/32-bit PCM Unsigned 8-bit PCM 32/64-bit float U-Law, A-Law IMA ADPCM, Microsoft ADPCM ...
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How to change pitch in Audacity when dealing with notes and frequency only?

If I record my natural voice on Audacity, its pitch detection analyzes my voice at note C 3 at 128 Hz. If I record my voice using a voice changer (that changes the voice before it gets to Audacity), ...
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White noise through mic even when muted

I am trying to record audio but even when the mic is muted the recording picks up white noise. It's not the mic because I've tried it with my headset mic and the same issue occurs. Not software either ...
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How to make all sound be at approximately the same level?

I tried to use normalize (in Audacity and in ffmpeg), but it seems there is still room for improvement. Is it possible to do something better than normalize?
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Analysing long audio files

I have a 9 hour audio recording. I need to search through it for occasional short (5 second) low frequency bangs/explosion sounds. I have audition/audacity. What's the best way to do this, ...
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Remove one vocal from a conversation

I have two audio tracks, Audio1 and Audio2. Audio1 has voice of Host and Audio2 contains the voice of Guest plus the voice of the host(same as Audio1) Now, is there anyway to utilize Audio1 to omit ...
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Make do with safety channel feature

I bought a mic that gives me original audio on the left channel, and -10db on the right channel (safety). After recording my last session, it turns out that I do indeed have clipping happening on the ...
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Automate pre-processing of sound (noise reduction, compressor, limiter)

I use Audacity to pre-process sound before mixing the takes. I have found good settings for the relevant effects (noise reduction at 24 dB, compressor at 6:1, soft limiter at -10 dB) and the rest is ...
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Does microphone recording volume has anything to do with background noise?

I am using a condenser mic with a Mac Book Pro. There are some noise outside the room. Which one is better recording volume? 50% or 100% to get less noise after final production? I will apply ...
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Difference between gain and normalization whole track in Audacity

In Audacity there is a gain slider on left side of a track. To increase volume i can use either gain or Normalize the whole track to a certain level. Is there any technical difference in terms of ...
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Whats the difference between high pass filter and cutting in EQ (filter curve) in Audacity?

For example i want to set a High pass filer with 100Hz with roll off by 6db. If in my Filter curve i start to roll off by 6db from 100Hz to below. Is there any technical difference between these two ...
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Automatic noise reduction with results like Audacity

I like Audacity because of its noise reduction. With a recording done in studio, a noise profile, and reduction at 16 dB (with sensitivity 6.00 and 3 frequency smoothing bands), I get a perfect result ...
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Isolate hoots seen in spectrogram

I have an audio file of an owl hooting. The hoots are barely audible. If I look at the spectrogram in Audacity I can see them. They are the blips at 0.5k How can I isolate these? Edit: High pass 400, ...
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Any ideas on copying this voice effect?

Trying to copy the effects from this video: mainly the ones at: 0:30 - 0:40 2:12 - 2:42 5:31 - 5:47 I'm only really able to use Audacity and Adobe Audition so ...
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What are the audio settings that affect distortion on abrupt stop?

I tried to use in my Unity game a sound I found on the internet that I slightly changed through Audacity. But I ran into a problem: when I close my game and the sound abruptly stops, there's a ...
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The illusion of 3D sound in Audacity

I am looking for a way to make audio sound like it's above your head and then below your head in Audacity. Is there a way to accomplish this?
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How can I reduce noise on vocal track using Audacity

I extracted vocal-only from a song using AI online service and this is the result. Speechless Vocal Only As you can see, there is still noise in this track especially on the lyrics "Whenever they try"....
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Start recording with delay and stop early

I'm new to audacity (and recording) and mostly love it. But there is one problem I face when I record myself reading. I tend to make pauses quite often, so I interrupt the recording with space and ...
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How can you make a "playing in another room and it's raining" type sound?

How can you make a "playing in another room and it's raining" type sound given an mp3 and preferably with something like audacity or a free tool like that. Something like this:
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Creating single channel sound (left or right) with no audio bleed into the other channel

Noob to sound engineering and not sure if this is a hardware/software query. I am trying to create a audio stream that plays a sound out of just the left channel. Eventually I want to create audio ...
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How to replicate specific sound effect

so I would like to know how to replicate this specific sound effect that plays in this video. I would like to note that I am attempting to use Audacity to replicate said sound effect. The sound effect ...
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Audacity: Show track names in compact view

My Problem I am using audacity to merge multiple short audio files to a log one, with some overlaps. The tracks disaply their waveform, which is not important to me, but without their name (that ...
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Center waveform amplitude to 0?

I would like the top track of audio to vertically center around 0db like the track below it in audacity. For some reason it is skewered to to positive side. I don't know how this happened.
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How to get the original background noise in between each piece of the recording in Audacity?

I have about 100 separate pieces of speech, each selected as the best one and cut out from the recordings where I recorded each piece about 5 times to get 1 good. Now, the problem is that each piece ...
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Audacity and loop: Loop doesn't work properly upon exporting from Audacity

I've looped a gunfire sound on Audacity and it loops okay when playing in Audacity. However when I export to wav or mp3 and play it, it doesn't properly loop. This is also the case in the game engine ...
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Macro to automatically record event (Audacity or alternative)

I am currently using Audacity to record (gasp) church meetings, but this question could apply to any other event or concert that occurs on a recurring schedule. I love the timer record option under ...
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Can I change pronunciation in Audacity?

I made 4 different character voices for my animation, only by manipulating my casual voice in Audacity, with RoVee plgin / effect, by changing the formant and the pitch of my voice in 4 different ways....
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Which effects can I use to mask my voice in Audacity, yet keep it a plausible male voice?

I'm making a voice-over for my animation, and since my voice sounds horrible, I'm embarrassed to even think that it would be reverse-engineered and heard by thousands of people on YouTube. I'm using ...
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Is it possible to manipulate a character voice back to the original recording?

I have to create 3 original character voices, for my animation. Question: If I just record my casual voice, and manipulate it in three different ways with Audacity, would it be possible for someone ...
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Normalize audio above a sound level in audacity

I'm trying to figure out a way to manage background noise in audio without having to resort to noise reduction. I'm using audacity to post-process spoken audio. The levels are pretty low, with peaks ...
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Sound noise reduction

I'm currently working on an engine record and I try to remove an "air" sound with Audacity. I've tried high pass filter and then noise reduction, here the original sample and the edited sample. But I ...
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Can I output sound from a MiniNova into a combo audio jack, and record it with Audacity?

I have a Novation MiniNova and I want to try and record the sounds I play on it. Since it seems to be able to output sound into any aux input, is it possible to output it into a "combo" audio jack and ...
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How do you shift a selection in Audacity?

When you've selected a slice of track in Audacity, how do you shift the selection window without shifting the content? I'm trying to preview the playback of specific slices of audio in exact lengths, ...
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Why does my voice over sound like it's been reduced in quality when I Compress it?

I'm recording audio for a video essay with Audacity and a Blue Yeti microphone. The microphone is held by a stand and it's got a pop filter. I've watched a few YouTube tutorials like this one on ...
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Logically ANDing two tracks together

I have two audio tracks, X and Y, which are similar, but both have things added to them. I want to take X and Y, and produce a new track Z with only the lower value of every frequency of each track ...
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Windows tool to extract the tonal centre of an audio track

Essentially I want to accurately measure the key that a piece of a cappella music is performed in, to analyze the portions of the piece that are responsible for the tonal centre dropping. The ideal ...
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How to Procedurally Change Selection in Audacity Chain (Macro) | Normalize Long Track in Chunks

Is there a way to procedurally change the audio selection within an Audacity Chain? Background: I work on the raw footage for very long GDC-style talks, where my primary goal is just to increase the ...
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