How to Make 8-Bit Sounds With Audacity

The Audacity sound editing program, available as freeware on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX, has a built-in function that turns high-fidelity 16- and 32-bit sound files into low-fi 8-bit recordings.

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Click the File menu. Select an audio file to work on, then click the Open button to open the file.

Open an audio file.
Open an audio file
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Click the File menu, then select Export Audio.

Export the file.
Export the file
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Audacity opens a file dialog box.

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Type a name for your 8-bit audio file in the File name field.

Enter new name for 8-bit file.
Enter new name for 8-bit file
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Click the Save as type pull-down list and select Other uncompressed files.

Select Other uncompressed file type.
Select Other uncompressed file type
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Click the Options button and select Unsigned 8-bit PCM from the list that appears. Click the Save button. Audacity displays a dialog box containing metadata information for the file.

Select Unsigned 8-bit PCM.
Select Unsigned 8-bit PCM
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Edit the file metadata, including Artist Name, Genre and Year. You can modify this information or leave it blank. Click the OK button. Audacity saves your file in the 8-bit format.

Edit metadata and save the file.
Edit metadata and save the file
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