LT Wright has several computer certifications and is the parent of a teenager who loves music.
Use Audacity to Create a Clean Version of a Song
It's both free and easy to create clean versions of songs. Nowadays, many songs have both clean and explicit versions. These clean versions can be great for use around kids. However, there are still songs being released without a clean alternative. And even some clean versions may not be clean enough. The explicit word being used may still be very obvious.
Plus, clean versions usually don't edit out references to sex or drugs. The nice thing about doing it yourself is that you can edit out anything you feel is inappropriate for you or your kids.
Step 1: Download and Install Audacity
The first thing you'll need to do is download and install the free and open-source software Audacity. Audacity is a simple audio editing tool. Once installed, go to File, then Open and browse to find the MP3 file you want to edit.
Step 2: Highlight the Area You Want to Edit
Now that the track is open in Audacity, Zoom In to more easily find the parts you need to edit.
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You'll have to play around with the zoom feature. If you zoom in too much, the timeline will go by so fast you won't be able to find the section to edit. But if you don't zoom in enough, it will be difficult to find the exact area to highlight. The best thing to do is find the general area where the inappropriate word is and then zoom in enough to highlight it.
When you highlight an area, you can press the Play button, and just that highlighted area will play. Keep highlighting and playing until you get the exact word you want to edit. And make sure you highlight the whole word. If you don't highlight the whole word, it may still be obvious what it is after editing.
Step 3: Reverse the Inappropriate Words
The best way to edit the inappropriate words is to reverse them. If you try cutting them out, you'll cut out everything, including the instrumental. Reversing the word makes it indecipherable without leaving blank spaces in the song. Once you've highlighted an inappropriate word, go to the Effect menu and choose Reverse. Test to make sure the inappropriate word is no longer comprehensible.
That's all there is to it. Just go through the whole song, highlight every word you want to modify, go to Effects and then Reverse. Test to make sure you've modified every inappropriate word. Then go to File, Export Audio to save your file. Don't overwrite your original file. Make sure no parts of the track are highlighted, or Audacity may only save the highlighted portion rather than the whole song.
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