How to Create Sound Clips

The sight of someone you love can light up your whole day, the smell of your elementary school can send you into waves of nostalgia, and the feeling of a cool glass of water can be incredibly refreshing, but sound may be the most powerful sense of all. Verbal communication is one of man’s greatest gifts, so why not use it and create sound clips of your own?

The Psychology of Sound

Researchers have long been interested in the connection between audio and emotions; one thing is clear: a wide range of human experiences can be triggered by particular sounds like music, or familiar voices. 

Maybe you want to dabble in mixing music, maybe you’re trying to splice together a podcast, or maybe you just want to send a clip of your voice to a loved one. Whatever reason you have for wanting to create a sound clip, it’s as easy as a few clicks. 

Clipping Your Own Audio and Someone Else’s 

There are a few main ways to create sound clips on your computer. You can record and cut clips in a free program called audacity, or edit existing audio to your liking with iTunes and Windows Media Player. 

Audacity is fairly straightforward, and once you’ve recorded the clip you want to use, you can export it directly from the program to whatever format you’d like, including an mp3. 

To edit a song or recording in iTunes, you’ll need to import it into the program, select the bounds of the clip by navigating to “get info” and then clicking “options.” Once you’ve established the time constraints of the clip, you can save it as a new file. 

To perform this same task in Windows Media Player, you simply have to play the file and hit the “split” icon at the points where you want your sound clip to begin and end; the program will automatically create a new file for you. 

Whatever the reason you want to make your own sound clips, both of the major operating systems make it extremely easy to do, once you know where to look.