The Anatomy of an Audacity Waveform

Waveforms are where we spend our time as podcast editors and it’s important to know enough about a waveform to be comfortable editing it. Audacity waveforms are digital representations of the audio that’s been recorded or imported into Audacity. Analog audio recorded through a microphone has to be converted to digital audio before Audacity can do anything with it. USB mics, mixers, and portable recorders like the Zoom H6 do this analog to digital conversion prior to giving it to Audacity to be edited. Let’s take a closer look…

  • Contents:
  • 1:11 Instantaneous Peaks and RMS Average
  • 2:57 Spectrogram View
  • 4:43 Analog to Digital Conversion
  • 6:51 Digital Sample Rates
  • 8:38 Music CD Sample Rate
  • 9:41 Changing the Color of a Waveform

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