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How to make music on your PC

Turn your PC into a recording studio with Audacity

Turn your PC into  recording studio with free software. We demonstrate how to use Audacity to record and edit music on your PC.

Step 3. Highlight the track you want to control. You can stop, rewind, forward, play, pause and record using the Control Toolbar. Holding down Shift changes the play button to a loop option. Now you can replay a selected track on a loop so you can start deciding how you want to edit the section of track.

Audacity step 3

Step 4. The editing bar at the side of the Control Toolbar gives you a selection of editing options for cutting, copying and pasting audio. Right-click and drag the mouse across the section of track you want to work with. Using the editing bar you can now modify individual samples and time-shift tracks to the left or right.

Audacity step 4

Step 5. Copy and paste come in useful if, for example, you want to add a drum sample or you don’t want to play drums for the entire track. Select a section of the drum track, then hit Ctrl, C to copy it and Ctrl, V to paste it to the main track. Most music-production programs work with repeated loops, making editing much easier.

Audacity step 5

Step 6. Whether you’re recording vocals or instruments, each should be recorded at optimal volume. If the source recording is poor, there’s little you can do about it later. Too loud and the track will be distorted; too quiet and it won’t be heard. Monitor the sound levels as you record the audio.

Audacity step 6

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