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Adding Effects to Audio Files

Audacity has a wide range of effects that can be applied to your audio file. When you apply an effect it alters the composure of your audio file. Most of the effects allow you to decide the degree of the effect altering the audio file. For further information on individual effects, refer to Basic Effects: An Overview.

  1. Open your audio file in Audacity

  2. From the Control toolbar, click SELECTION TOOLSelection Tool button

  3. Select the section of the track you want to apply an effect to
    To select the entire track, click the Track Control panel anywhere outside a button, slider, or the pull-down menu

  4. From the Effect menu, select the desired effect
    EXAMPLE: From the Effect menu, select Bass Boost...

  5. If available, adjust the settings of the effect
    EXAMPLE: Increase the boost from 12 dB to 14 dB.

  6. If available, click PREVIEW
    NOTE: The PREVIEW button will always be in the lower left portion of the selected effect's dialog box.
    Bass Boost dialog box
    EXAMPLE: Three seconds of your track is played with the Bass Boost effect applied.

  7. If you are not satisfied with the preview, repeat steps 5 and 6
    NOTE: You do not need to close the dialog box for any adjustments to take effect.
    EXAMPLE: Adjust the boost from 14 dB to 16 dB, then click PREVIEW.

  8. Click OK
    The effect is applied.

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