Audacity Sample Rates and Bit Depth

Let’s talk Audacity sample rates and bit depth. What is a sample rate? What am I sampling and why? What is bit depth? What’s the relationship between sample rate and bit depth? Why are there sample rates displayed in each track and a project sample rate in the lower left corner of the screen? What’s the difference and do they have to match? Where do I set the default sample rate in Audacity?

Contents:

  • 00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:15 – Digital and Analog
  • 00:48 – Digital Waveforms
  • 01:10 – Analog to Digital Conversion
  • 02:46 – Topics: Sample Rate and Bit Depth
  • 03:10 – Track Sample Rates and Project Sample Rate
  • 03:59 – What Is a Sample Rate?
  • 05:17 – Project Sample Rate
  • 05:51 – Three Examples of Different Project Rates
  • 08:55 – What is Bit Depth?
  • 12:07 – Changing Track Sample Rates
  • 13:05 – Project Sample Rate for ACX Audiobooks
  • 14:13 – How to Set The Default Project Sample Rate
  • 15:44 – Sample Rate Conversion Settings in Audacity
  • 17:49 – Recap
  • 18:06 – MP3 Export for ACX
  • 19:41 – What is MP3 Bit Rate?
  • 20:23 – Wrap-up and Video Courses I Teach

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Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced

Are you looking for a comprehensive course on Audacity that’s presented in an easy to understand format? Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced starts with the basics of Audacity but quickly moves beyond the basics into more advanced topics so you can build your confidence and increase your skills in using Audacity as your podcast editing and production tool. As the name implies this course is for anyone, beginner to advanced, who wants to learn skilled methods of audio editing and production using Audacity. Because of that, there are no prerequisites for this course. Beginning students are encouraged to complete each lesson in the order presented to get the most benefit from the course. But more advanced students may want to complete the lessons most relevant to them. The choice is yours.

The course consists of over 7 hours of on-demand video lectures distributed across four sections:

  1. Beginning Audacity Bootcamp
  2. Intermediate Audacity Bootcamp
  3. Advanced Audacity Bootcamp
  4. Updates and Bonus Lectures

Preview Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced to decide if it’s right for you.

Future Possibilities For Audacity?

Here’s another preview of some possibilities for future versions of Audacity. The video below was posted on the Audacity Discord server a few months ago and is well worth your time if you’re an Audacity user. My impression is that these are just some possibilities for version 3.2 of Audacity and beyond. Regardless, it seems to me that once version 3.2 is out, the platform will be in place for bringing more of these needed changes and updates in a more rapid sequence. But that’s just my opinion as one watching this process from the outside. I appreciate all the work the Audacity team puts into this product while keeping it free to the end user. Get comfortable and watch the 20 minute video below.

How to Split, Join, and Move Audio Segments Using Audacity 3.1.x

Now that the time shift tool is no longer a part of Audacity, how do we move audio segments? With the advent of Audacity version 3.1.x moving audio around has gotten easier and quicker. In this video, I show you how to split audio into separate segments, how to join audio segments together, and how to move audio now that the time shift tool is no longer with us.

Contents:

  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 00:23 – How to Split Audio in Audacity
  • 01:56 – How to Move Audio in Audacity
  • 02:59 – How to Join Audio in Audacity
  • 04:39 – Summary
  • 04:50 – Other Places You’ll Find Me

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What A Future Version of Audacity Might Look Like

Audacity floated this image out to the world on a couple of social media platforms last week as a way of some of the possible options for a future version. While the screenshot I share in this video isn’t in production, it does give us a glimpse into some possible improvements being worked on by the fine people at Audacity. I think it’s headed in the right direction in many ways but what are your thoughts?

Contents:

00:00 – Introduction
00:24 – Where Have I Been?
01:32 – Learn Audacity Brand
01:55 – Audacity’s Shared Screenshot
06:04 – Audacity on the Microsoft App Store
07:10 – Audacity Milestones Webpage
07:41 – LearnAudacity.com
08:12 – Online Courses I Teach

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Audacity Tutorial: How to Backup Your Audacity Project While Working On It

In this short tutorial I show you how to make a backup copy of your working Audacity project file. Project backups were introduced in Audacity version 3.0.0 and are a convenient way to backup your work, keeping the backup copy separate from your working copy. Project backups are identical to your working project but are essentially a snapshot of your working project at the moment in time that you create it. You can give your backup copy it’s own name and save it in any folder. This is a great way to make backups of your project at critical points in your editing because it give you a convenient way to go back to a version of the project before changes were made, if needed.

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  • 2017 MacBook Pro

Software I used in this video:

  • Audacity version 3.1.3
  • Camtasia version 2021.0.8
  • Auphonic Leveler version 1.8