Audacity Linux Tutorial – Free Audio Recording on Linux

Hey guys, in this video we’ll be covering
how to use Audacity on Linux. We’ll start off by installing Audacity and
setting up Jack to handle our audio. Then, we’ll be covering all the important
features of Audacity, from recording a few tracks, to mixing, and finally exporting our
finished project as a file. The first thing we need to do to get started
is get Audacity installed. To do this, start by opening a terminal by
pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Then type in sudo apt install Audacity. Type in your password and let the program
install on your computer. Next we’ll install qjackctl by typing in
sudo apt install qjackctl. To be able to use jack audio with audacity,
we need to start it up first. To do this, type in qjackctl in the terminal
and run the program. When the window pops up, press the start button
to start jack. Now go to your programs, or type in audacity
in another terminal to start the program. The first thing to do is record a track. Beside the select for jack, we have the option
to select an audio input from our interface. Select the input you would like to use. Next to that, choose whether you are recording
in mono or stereo. Then just click the big red record button. When you’re finished recording, press stop. Once your tracks are done, we can start by
renaming them. Click on the track name and a drop down will
open. Then press the name button to change the name
of the track. Before we actually do any mixing with Audacity,
we’ll go over a few quick audio editing tools. By default, we have the time selection tool. You can use this to select various areas of
a track. When these areas are selected, you can add
an effect to that specific area, while leaving the rest of the track unaffected. You can also press the delete key to remove
that section of the track. If you’re looking to delete a section of
track without shifting the time of the rest of it, select an area and go to generate at
the top menu and select silence. Next to the time selection is the envelope
tool. Click on various sections of a track and drag
up or down to adjust the levels. This allows for some automation of the levels
of the track, and you can even use it to do automated panning if you separate your left
and right tracks. The last important tool is the time shift
tool. When this is selected, you can click and drag
a track in time along the timeline. After your tracks are edited and trimmed,
it’s time to start mixing. On the left side of the track, we have controls
for mute and solo to isolate various tracks. Below that, we have a slider with a plus and
minus sign on either side. Use this to adjust the level of the track. Below that is the slider for the track panning. To add effects, use the time selection tool
to select a certain area or a track, or an entire track. Then go up to the effects menu and select
an effect. We’ll use an equalizer for this example. One problem with Audacity is not all the effects
can be monitored in realtime, so you’ll either have to apply the effect and undo changes
to adjust it, or use the preview button for the effect. Once you’ve made some adjustments, just
click the Ok button at the bottom to apply the effect to your time selection. After all your tracks have been edited and
mixed, you can export the entire project as a file. Click the File menu and select Export Audio. Then select your file type and name the file. Audacity has many more features and tools
that can’t be covered in this video. If you’re interested in learning more about
Audacity, make sure to check out our other Audacity tutorials, since many of the tutorials
for Windows still apply to audio editing on Linux. Thanks for watching this video on Audacity
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