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Wednesday, May 10, 2006


I found this most amazing toy. It's called Audacity. It's freeware, downloadable in a trice. And once you have it, it lets you PLAY AROUND WITH AUDIO FILES!

Here's just a sampling of the things that you can do with this wild and wonderful tool:

Amplify - changes the volume of the selected audio.

BassBoost - enhances the bass frequencies

Change Pitch - changes the pitch/frequency of the selected audio without changing the tempo. (Can also change speed and tempo.)

Click Removal - removes clicks on recordings from vinyl records without damaging the rest of the audio. You can choose how sensitive the click detection is, and what the maximum length of a click is.

Echo - repeats the selection with a decay, sounding like a series of echos.

Equalization - Boost or reduce arbitrary frequencies. You can select one of a number of different curves designed to equalize the sound of some popular record players, or draw your own curve.

Noise Removal - lets you clean up noise from a recording.

Repeat - repeats the selection a certain number of times.

Reverse - reverses the selected audio temporally; after the effect the end of the audio will be heard first and the beginning last.

Wahwah - uses a moving bandpass filter to create its sound.

Geek heaven.


Blogger km said...

I've used Audacity *extensively* in my never-ending quest for that perfect back-masked Satanic rock song.

(Sad to report that "Stairway to Heaven" encourages us to eat more salad, "Iron Man" reminds us to be kind to old cats and Revolution 9 becomes even more gibberish when played backwards.)

5/10/2006 10:46 PM  
Blogger scout said...

I have audacity on my comp. But I use it to record miserable attempts at Joni Mitchell covers and also to record random conversations, when people don't even know they're being taped.

5/11/2006 12:18 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

drat. you just took away some of my more anticipated projects. (are you *sure* you tried stairway? all versions? *with* the wa-wa filter?)

wikkid! (how do *you* sound with the wa-wa filter?)

5/11/2006 9:51 AM  
Blogger MockTurtle said...

Nice - I have to get this. When I was in high school I mangled up my favourite Queen tape trying to make it play "Another One Bites the Dust" backwards. I think it said something about marijuana, but that may have been the wishful thinking of an adolescent mind.

5/11/2006 9:54 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...


5/12/2006 10:32 AM  

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