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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 11. Audacity supports unlimited undo and redo. You’d be surprised by how useful this is. The function sits at the top right of the interface and takes the form of forward and back arrows. If you’re experimenting and don’t like your changes, use undo to return to a point from which you’re happy to progress.

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Step 12. If you’ve downloaded several audio samples, there’s a good chance they’ll be in different keys. Audacity lets you transpose each sample, while keeping them at the same tempo. There’s also an EQ (equaliser), a delay function and a wah-wah effect that’s fun to experiment with. Some effects can be previewed.

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Step 13. When you’ve finished adding and editing individual tracks, you’re ready to mix them into a single one. Other programs have more extensive mixing options, but Audacity has just one. Click the Project tab and choose Quick Mix to combine your individual tracks into a single track.

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Step 14. You’re now ready to save and export your track. Audacity uses a proprietary .aup audio format, but we recommend using the Export function instead. Choose File, Export As MP3. All that’s left is to unleash your musical genius on to an unsuspecting world, whether that’s over the web or on audio CD.

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