Tutorials for Audacity – Beginner #1 – Learn your way around the system!

Sometimes it’s a real drag trying to learn a new piece of software. Especially if you aren’t one who likes to read user manuals (who does?). That’s what this site (and this tutorial) are all about. I’ll save you the hassle and show you how to do it with a cool video. Sound like a deal?

This is tutorial # 1 (beginner) for the absolute newbie to Audacity! In this video tutorial you will learn:


  • Audacity basic windows-type menu options
  • Audacity input & output volume controls
  • Tools for track manipulation and modification in Audacity
  • What all the cool little lights and meters in Audacity are for
  • How the main Audacity window is set up




If you need to download the FREE AUDACITY open source program, you can find it at https://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Also mentioned in this tutorial were the following links!

MUSIC IN THE PODCAST: https://www.heyreyguitar.com

FREE video tutorials for Audacity are what I do! It’s like a free video manual for the program! Tell your friends about it! Tell your enemies about it! Tell your grandma about it (you never know… she might turn out to be the next Mozart or something!)

Thanks for watching!


13 comments to BEGINNER Tutorial #1 – Learn the FREE Audacity – screen & basic setup

  • John

    Hello Cary (I hope I spelled your name correctly):

    I was very pleased to come across your YouTube tutorial on audacity. I went through your step-by-step process on removing a vocal from a pre-recorded piece of Christian music. I Will be singing this piece of music for our church in the mid of January. After I went through much of your tutorial, I got suspicious that you were dealing with a Windows version of the program. I happen to be on the Macintosh, With the latest operating system, and it appears that I’m somewhat dead in the water. Is there something I can do to work with your tutorial on removing the vocal satisfactorily? By the way audacity does load in on my computer but it is a different version (2.0.5 created October 18, 2013)

    I am thanking you in advance for your help and comments.



  • TheLords

    Hi John, Yes – I do use a windows machine. I’m not sure if this works on a Mac or not. I have had quite a few people say the process doesn’t work for them and I haven’t thought to ask if they were on Mac or PC. I’m not sure if there’s any work around for Mac. Sorry. I am willing to give it a try for you, but I do so as part of my business, which is $100 per hour (about how long it would take to do it). And I can make no guarantees… it may work, may not, and may only work partly. Each track of music is entirely different.

  • John

    Hi Carey:

    Thanks so very much for getting back to me. Most likely, I may be out of luck with this version of audacity.

    You were kind to get back to me so quickly, and I do appreciate your willingness to help. In the meantime, because what I was trying to do was delete a soloist intro the first minute of a song, I have chosen rather to just sing along as a duet with that lead soloist, and then enter into the rest of the song as if I were part of the choir. I hope that makes sense to you,

    I really enjoyed your YouTube tutorial, .. you have an excellent presentation, And perhaps we shall meet again in the near future. A happy and blessed new year to you carey.


  • Steve

    Good quality video tutorial.
    I always liked audacity nonetheless, there was not an easy tutorial out there to learn from. This site seems to teach audacity tutorials with clarity.

    In Him we trust,

  • Please help! I put audacity on my laptop. I have windows 8. My problem is that when I play back I only hear outside side noise (like someone in the room talking) not what is on the cassette.
    I have read and read for three days! This can’t be this hard. Please help Thank You Gloria

  • TheLords

    Gloria, what source did you use to get your original audio into Audacity? Did you record it yourself or import it?

  • I deleted the copy I had downloaded because I could not get it to work. I then paid for it and again downloaded. I still can not get it to work. Please help Gloria

  • TheLords

    Gloria – first off, Audacity is free. If you paid for it you were robbed and should get your money back.

    Second, I’m not clear on what you need help with. If you can clearly state what you’re trying to do and what your problem is, I’ll happily do my best to help you.

  • Hi, I am using Microsoft Sound Mapper and Internal Mic IDT High D. I have Audacity 2.06. The program says that it is not responding, but when it does I hit record then go to file and click on Export Audio . I save it but when I play back all I have is screeching noise. I have turned sound up and down on my microcassette player to see if that is the problem. I have watched videos and read. I know this shouldn’t not be this hard. Please help Thank you Gloria

  • TheLords

    Gloria, it sounds like your microphone is not working correctly. I’d suggest trying an extrenal mic that you can plug in to see if it will work that way. Make sure you have that mic selected in Audacity when you try to record – and plug it in before you open Audacity.

  • I was so excited because I got it to work once! I clicked on the microphone icon on my computer and clicked on one of the three options and turned one off and that is how it worked but now only two options are available. Systems sounds and speaker and headphones. I don’t know what happened but now it doesn’t work. I have it set for Microsoft Sound Mapper and Stereo. What did I do wrong???
    Will be off line for a wk. but please let me know what I did. Thanks alot.. gloria

  • My computer went down with a storm so I don’t know if that had anything to do with it. Please help if you can Gloria

  • TheLords

    It’s hard for me to know exactly what you did without seeing it Gloria. Usually once you turn off the program and restart it, all those options appear again. Give that a try.