Real Audacity 101 as in knowing nothing :(

:frowning: :confused: :confused:
Hello there,
just installed Audacity 2.02 version, from download. OS Win 7
really need, extreme basic help possible to learn this.
The tutorials, are way too advanced for a basic “I Know abosolutely nothing”
person. Way too much is left out! :frowning: :confused:

I actually, managed an audio recording , had so much noise using a
Gigaware PC Desktop Microphone, omnidirectional, noise cancelling,(
but,not because I know, what I am doing!)

Even went to YT 101 basic tutorials , not much help, and E-How
in a few lines, already lost! Yikes!
Have even been printing out instructions, starting with
the Guide to Project Window @ 150% so, I may, read carefully, and slowly!

Started with voice audio recording,as I thought, it would be easiest. Greatly appreciate
any help, in the, " need handheld in the beginning department!" :blush: :question:
Am willing to do, due dilligence, really need to learn this, just slow in the beginning!
Thanks in advance for sympathy :open_mouth: :slight_smile: and understanding
Kindest regards,

Good. That’s a great start.

Is that one that plugs into the “Mic input” of your computer, or a USB microphone?

Hello there!
Plugs into the mic input in
the front of the computer.

Have been researching, getting the headset
mic, with bells and whistles USB input
heard it is better But no $$$ at the moment
will have to wait for that later.
Learn what to do in the meantime! :slight_smile:

The problem with many computer microphones is not the microphone itself, but the (usually rubbish) quality of the microphone input. An inexpensive (around $20 Internet price) USB desktop microphone (such as this: is likely to be much better sound quality, and in particular, a lot less “hisss”.

My top tip is to speak clearly, close to the microphone but avoid blowing on it (that will cause loud “popping” wind blast sounds) and adjust the recording level so that the waveform is around half the track height. After recording, use the “Amplify” effect to bring the recording level up a little higher (try the default settings).

Don’t worry too much about removing noise - with most on-board computer sound cards that it pretty much a lost cause, so we can come back to that when you have a better mic.

For now, play with it and try some of the tutorials ( or just play with some of the effects. Have some fun with it :wink:
We can get into the “quality” aspects when you’ve got a mic that is a bit more capable.

Microphones are rough to use. Microphone signals are very small and easily damaged. SoundCard amplifiers have distortion and hiss noise because they’re cheap, inexpensive, and they don’t cost very much. A full-on, high-performance Windows sound card purchased separately can go for $100.

And that’s just the sound card. Most people don’t do that. They go for a nice single-purpose USB microphone. If you’re careful, you can do a very nice job with one, but you do have to pay attention. The microphone, sensitive amplifier, sound mixer and digital encoder are all inside that microphone and you usually can’t control any of it except to sing louder or softer. The up side is they’re dirt cheap.