DIY audio editing – censor bleep

Sometimes, people use words that are not fit for people to say on the air. Whether it is a television show like South Park or Family Guy covering up expletives in their characters’ dialogs, a song with content not appropriate for young people on the radio, or even on radio talk shows, you can hide it with the famous censor bleep we have all heard an endless amount of times.  It is something that could really be put to use in certain situations, so today that is what I am going to teach you how to do!


  1. First thing is first. Record or import your audio clip(s) into Audacity. 

To record, simply click on the circular red button in Audacity’s control panel. 


To import, go to the menu bar at the top of the page and click the “File” tab. Then click the “import” sub category in the drop down menu, and choose “Audio”


2. Zoom into the specific part of the clip you want to use the effect on, then highlight the portion of audio that you want to censor just as you would to add any other effect


3.Next, go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and click the “Generate” tab, then click on “Tone”  in the drop down menu


 4. A Tone Generator box will then pop up. In the “Frequency (hz):” text box, change the number to around 800 hertz. You can play around with the number to see what kind of sound you like best, but 800 is a good default.


 … click “OK” and thats it! It’s a pretty simple concept but could really come in handy!

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