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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 7. Use Audacity’s Envelope Tool to gradually change the volume of a tune – handy for intros and outros. The Envelope Tool can be applied anywhere on the track. Select a small section of track, click the Envelope Tool in the edit bar and right-click and hold the mouse. Move up to increase volume and down to decrease.

Audacity step 7

Step 8. It’s important to ensure you select exactly the right amount of track to work with. We chose part of the track where we liked the bass and highlighted a four-second loop. We then opened the edit menu to select Trim – alternatively, hit Ctrl, T. This removed the rest of the track, leaving only our four-second bass loop.

Audacity step 8

Step 9. The Snap-To tool literally ‘snaps’ your tracks to the nearest beat to make sure every instrument is playing in time. This is essential for digital or electronic music but can make analogue music sound too cold and robotic. Here, we’ve snapped the drums to the nearest beat. You can amend the timings to mix things up.

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Step 10. Embedding metadata (descriptive data) in each track is important – particularly if you want to distribute your tunes online. Click the Project Tab and choose the ID3 edit tag function. A small window will pop up where you can insert or change the title, artist, album, year and genre.

Audacity step 10

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