How To Adjust Sound On A Track (Audacity Envelope Tool)

The envelope tool is found on the Audacity Control Toolbar.

Use this tool to manually adjust the volume of any portion of your sample without actually changing the sound file (until it is exported). The envelope tool is especially useful for editing interviews and is also the tool you will use to bring sound “up” or take it “down” in your intro.

Turn the envelope tool “on” and you’ll see blue borders around your track. Click the blue line to add a handle (it will look like a white square point). When you have more than one handle, you can change the volume of the sound between the two handles. Widen to increase volume and narrow to reduce volume. To remove a handle, click-and-drag it off the track.

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Source:Audacity Help. Watch video tutorial.

12 thoughts on “How To Adjust Sound On A Track (Audacity Envelope Tool)

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    Tam O'Tellico

    August 12, 2016 at 3:33pm

    Thank YOU! Thank You! The “white-out” aka envelope tool was driving me nuts, until you provided the insanely simple answer — just click on another tool! Now I feel like a tool!

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    May 12, 2016 at 2:17am

    I know this sounds really stupid but it’s driving me mad. How do I turn off the envelope tool!

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    Kathryn Costa

    January 2, 2016 at 9:38am

    Thank you! I love how generous people are with sharing technical details. I’m new to editing audio and this was just the answer that I needed for editing my first podcast. Many thanks!

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