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February 22, 2015

5.3 editing audio with audacity

Filed under: EDDL 5131,Health care assistants @ 1:49 am

I tried to download some tunes and then a chapter from a book and I couldn’t get it to work. (frustration)

I ended up editing an MP3 audio that I made for my digital storytelling course. I’m sure there’s a better way to do it but I tried for about 4 hours and then gave up. The top one is the original and then 2nd one is much shorter. It is the one where I edited a good chunk of it out.


  1.   jmedley — February 22, 2015 @ 4:19 am    Reply

    Hi Sue,
    I certainly can relate to the frustration. It appears that, while our recordings are appearing on our student blogs, they are not appearing on the class blog.
    Good to introduce yourself at the beginning of the recording. I guess I had the context of the class in my mind and the students knowing who I am. Such may not always be the case.
    Did you intend for the music to play in the background? It is a little distracting although that might just be me finding the music a little offsetting as I just finished with the Poe stuff. lol Creeped myself out imagining that story. I had to turn the volume down although I can hear your voice just fine.

  2.   Keith — February 22, 2015 @ 6:43 pm    Reply

    Hi Sue,

    It may be that the file type of the audio you downloaded was not compatible with Audacity. I would suggest trying an online media converter at

    It’s free (though they will ask for a donation). If you convert it to mp3 you should be able to edit it in audacity.


  3.   derek — March 1, 2015 @ 5:28 am    Reply

    Hi Sue- a tool I use regularly is Format Factory- it can transfer between many media formats such as celphone video into regular avi video. It can change many audio formats into mp3.
    It is free but doesn’t add any spyware or adware to your computer.
    Good Luck-Derek

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