Have you made recordings and after listening to them realized the volume is not on par with the other audio files in your collection? Fear not! This how-to will walk through turning up the volume of your recordings so they can compete with store-bought tracks.
I'm going to use Audacity for this article because it's a free program and is quite easy to use. If you don't already have Audacity installed on your computer you can download it here --> Audacity Download.
Although the location of where the recording is stored on your computer may be different depending on the program you use, it doesn't matter what program the recording was done in. Simply open Audacity, locate the recording on the hard drive, and drag/drop it into the main window of Audacity.
If you are using Serato Scratch Live or any other Serato program (Itch, Serato DJ) you will find your recording within the Recordings folder located inside the _Serato_ folder within the Music folder on the internal drive.
The path for Windows is Libraries > Music > _Serato_ > Recording.
Once imported you should see something like this:
Now you are ready to choose the part of the recording you want to keep by adjusting the start and end point and then deleting the extra audio. If need be, play the file and locate where you want the recording to start. Once found, click on where you want the recording to start on either the top or bottom portion of the waveform.
1. Pressing SHIFT + LEFT expand's the selection to the left.
2. Pressing SHIFT + RIGHT expand's the selection to the right.
3. Pressing SHIFT + CTRL + LEFT contract's the selection from the right.
4. Pressing SHIFT + CTRL + RIGHT contract's the selection from the left.
Now that you have the part of the recording you want its a good idea to clean it up by fading in the start point and fading out the end point. To do this first click the Transport tab and choose "Skip to Start."
Now zoom in (using ctrl + 1) until you can see the first few seconds of the waveform. Highlight the first second or so, click on the Effects tab, and choose "Fade In."
Almost done! You are now ready to turn up the volume of your file. Hold down ctrl + a to select the entire file, click the Effects tab, and choose "Normalize."
I'm going to assume most will want the recording in MP3 format to save space on the hard drive and/or be able to upload the mix to Mixcloud or similar sites, but if you plan on tracking your mix I suggest exporting as .wav or .aif format as you'll want an uncompressed format when exporting a tracked mix. I'll be following up this article next week with an article on how to track your mix.
With that said, if you'd like to export in MP3 format using Audacity you'll need to download and install Lame MP3 Encoder here:
The louder recording should now be in the specified location on your hard drive.
Congratulations! You are one step closer to world domination.