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Editing Sounds

In this section, you'll learn how to manipulate and edit your sound files.


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diting your sound can be one of the most exciting parts of creating sound for the Web. Download an audio editor and start playing around with it—you'll see fascinating options for decreasing your file sizes, cutting certain sections of your sound, toning down the bass and treble, creating sound effects, or just speeding up and slowing down your sound.

Depending on your editor, you can stretch or shorten the time your sound takes to play or change the pitch so that your voice sounds like a chipmunk or a robot. You can copy the first part of the word and then paste it at the beginning several times to get a Max Headroom stuttering di-di-digital effect. You can play the entire sound file backwards if you'd like. In fact, there are so many options for manipulating sound with an editor that we can't even begin to discuss them all. In this section, we review some of the more common editing processes—the ones that will truly enhance your sound files for the Web.

  • Compression shows you how to perform the most important editing process—reducing your file sizes for the Web.

  • Cutting describes how to delete unwanted sections of your sound file.

  • Equalizing shows you how to obtain a proper ratio of treble to bass in your sound files.

  • Normalize describes how to boost or tone down the levels of your audio file.

  • Changing playback rate describes how to alter how fast or slow your sound is.

  • Sound Ideas provides examples of sounds manipulated by sound-editing software.


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