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Audacity - Recording

This document walks you through on how to record audio files using audacity.

  1. Speak into the recording device at the level needed for the recording.
  2. Make sure the audio levels are properly adjusted.
    • To do this, check and see if the decibel levels go higher than -6.
  3. Check the audio meter, which is found near the top of the window, to see how far the bar goes up the meter. The desired point is -6 decibels.
  4. If the bar is too low or too high, click and hold the Input Level Slider and drag it higher or lower to reach the desired -6 decibels. This slider is pictured as a Microphone with a - to + scale to its side. 

It’s highly suggested to do a test recording before attempting a real recording. This provides an opportunity to check for any problems before doing a longer recording, and there will be less risk of hitting Stop only to find a problem and having to redo the whole recording, or worse, having missed the opportunity to capture a one-time recording.

  1. To record, click the Record button, located in the Transport Toolbar (the one with play/pause/fast forward, etc). Alternatively, press R on the keyboard to start recording.
  2. To end a recording, press the Stop button, located in the Transport Toolbar.
  3. Every time Record is selected, a new track is recorded. To Append a recording, or add the new recording to the end of the old one, hold down Shift when selecting Record

If you need further assistance please contact the Information Technology Help Desk at 920-424-3020 or

Keywords:"recording audio", "input level slider", "transport toolbar",   Doc ID:64465
Owner:Aarron V.Group:UW Oshkosh
Created:2016-06-27 10:18 CDTUpdated:2016-12-20 12:33 CDT
Sites:UW Oshkosh
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