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Audacity: Volume Adjustments - Amplify

Audacity, Version: 3.1.0. Be aware that different versions of Audacity will vary in appearance and functionality.

Use the Amplify effect instead of the volume slider on the track controls to increase the overall volume. Volume increases with Amplify are reflected in the waveform via height changes, whereas changes with the volume slider are not. Even out the level with Compressor prior to applying Amplify (see Audacity: Volume Adjustments - Compressor for instructions).

To apply Amplify:
  1. With the Selection Tool, click-and-drag to highlight the desired track or section to amplify. Select the desired track in the Timeline.
  2. Navigate to Effect > Amplify.
  3. From the new window, set the New Peak Amplitude to -3.0 db. This will increase the track volume to an ideal level.

  4. Ensure “Allow Clipping” is un-checked to prevent peaking and click OK.
The waveforms should become taller. If the effect doesn't work, or the audio needs more amplification, undo (Edit > Undo) and reapply Amplify.

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Keywords:Audacity, workshop, software, production, guide, editing, audio, volume, amplify   Doc ID:86088
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2018-09-27 11:11 PSTUpdated:2021-10-29 12:45 PST
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