Speed up Audiobooks using Audacity Macros
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I came by an iPod Shuffle recently, it worked great but I used to listen to my audiobooks at 2x speed which the shuffle does not have. But audacity is there to help.
Step 1: Download or Update Audacity
You can download the latest version of Audacity here. Make sure it’s the latest version, I’m on a mac and at the time of writing this the latest version is
Step 2: Open Macros in Audacity
Once you open audacity you can go to
Tools -> Macros... to open this window.
New to create a new macro and give a new name to your macro.
Step 3: Add steps to your macro
On the edit steps pane, click on the
Insert button. You will see another window where you can add the steps to be taken when this macro runs.
In our case, we need to speed up our audiobooks. Now you will see the option to change speed, don’t use that unless you want to hear chipmunks. Use the
Change Tempo option and click on edit parameters in the same window.
Here you can increase the percentage to match with the speed you want, for
1.5x speed of the original audio, increase the percentage to
2.0x change percentage to
100. Then click on ok, you can see the step added.
By doing this, it won’t get saved anywhere, so let’s add another step. Click on insert and find the
Export as MP3 step. This will make sure the contents would be exported.
Step 4: Let’s convert
If all goes well you should see something like this:
Now click on
Apply Macro to: Files button below and select the files you want to convert.
When you open the files the macro would start to run and after completion, you will see the converted files in the same origin folder under a new folder name called
Make sure you save the macro for future use. That’s all, enjoy!