Mastering Audio Manipulation with Audacity and Virtual Soundcards

Membership plan: Going Deeper | Topics: Music Production

Course overview

This tutorial is designed for audio enthusiasts and producers who want to harness the power of Audacity, a free Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), alongside virtual soundcards like Soundflower or Jack Audio, to manipulate and incorporate various audio sources into their projects. Participants will learn the step-by-step process of routing, recording, editing, and isolating audio from films, speeches, and other online sources to enrich their audio productions.


What you'll learn

  • Set up and use Audacity DAW for audio editing and production.
  • Install and configure virtual soundcards to reroute audio from online sources into Audacity.
  • Record and edit audio clips from various media, ensuring quality and relevance to the project.
  • Apply advanced audio effects and EQ adjustments to isolate desired audio components.
  • Export high-quality audio files ready for integration into music tracks or other audio projects.

Who is this course for?

  • Music producers and DJs looking to add unique audio samples into their tracks.
  • Podcast creators and video producers needing to incorporate various audio sources seamlessly into their content.
  • Hobbyists in music and audio editing eager to expand their skills in audio manipulation and production.
  • Educators and students in music technology courses seeking practical skills in digital audio manipulation.

Course content

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Setup
  • 3. Ripping, Example 1 - Guy Ritchie
  • 4. Editing
  • 5. Example 2 - Ripping a Gandhi discourse
  • 6. Editing and Noise Reduction
  • 7. Applied Example
  • 8. Conclusion


  • A computer with internet access.
  • Installation of Audacity and a virtual soundcard (e.g., Soundflower for Mac or Jack Audio for Windows).
  • Basic understanding of audio editing and DAW operation is helpful but not required.
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