How to Edit Non-Destructively in Audacity

Welcome to episode 10 of The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast. I’ve reached double digits. Yay! One of the bad raps Audacity gets is that editing in Audacity is destructive. That simply means that once you edit and/or put an effect on your Audacity project and then save and close the project, the edits you just did, along with the effects you just put on it, are permanent and can’t be removed. This is referred to as destructive editing. 

But did you know that non-destructive editing can be done in Audacity? Version 3.0.0 of Audacity introduced a new feature called Project Backup. In this episode, I explain how I use Project Backup as a way to eliminate destructive editing in Audacity. It’s easy and it works!

Links I mention in this episode:

-Enjoy and happy podcasting!

How to Rescan Audio Hardware in Audacity

When I first began using Audacity years ago, I thought that if I forget to plug in my mic or other input device before starting Audacity, it meant I had to restart Audacity to get the program to recognize my audio hardware. But then I discovered the Rescan Audio Devices feature that’s built into Audacity. What a great day that was and what a time saver! In this video I show you how rescanning your audio hardware works inside Audacity.

Reminder: I teach Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced. This is 6+ hours of on demand videos designed specifically for podcasters who use Audacity to record and/or edit their podcasts. You can find it here:

Another Reminder: The Audacity Bootcamp Podcast is live now and available on your favorite podcast app or on the web here:

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How to Record a Track in Audacity

Are you new to Audacity and unsure about how to start recording? I made this video for people who are new to Audacity and have never recorded a track. Recording in Audacity is simple and I show you how to do it in this short video.

Here’s the link to my course I mentioned in the video, Audacity Bootcamp: Beginner to Advanced.

How to Export a Project Using a Macro (Plus a Sneak-Peek at Macros in Audacity Version 3.0.2)

IMPORTANT:
Since recording this video, Audacity version 3.0.2 has been released and is now the production version. When I recorded this video, it was still in pre-release.

In this video, I show you how to create and run a macro that will export your project as a WAV file using a keyboard shortcut and I show you where Audacity version 3.0.2 stores your macros because it’s different in version 3.0.2.

What’s New in Audacity 3.0.0: Directory Preferences

Let’s talk about directory preferences, a new feature in Audacity 3.0.0. Audacity now lets you open, save, import, and export from and to specific directories.

What’s New in Audacity 3.0.0: Project Backups

There’s a new feature in Audacity 3.0.0 that’s pretty sweet. It gives you the ability to make a quick duplicate copy of your project at any stage of production. This is good if you want to save your project at different intervals with different names (i.e. different version numbers) and keep the saved backups untouched as you forge ahead on the original project. The uses for this are almost unlimited. Let me show you how it works.