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How to use Audacity to reverse audio in Windows

Have you ever wondered how to play a song in reverse? Do you want to know how to reverse a song to see what it will look like? Are you trying to play back an audio file to find the hidden messages behind it? Whatever the reason, this guide demonstrates how to invert audio in Audacity on any Windows computer or device.

Note : This tutorial was created in Windows 11 , but the steps are the same in Windows 10 .

Download and install Audacity on your PC or Windows device

The first thing you need to do to play back the audio is to download the Audacity program.

How to use Audacity to reverse audio in Windows

You can use Audacity to invert audio

Audacity is a free program designed to help you work with audio files and perform audio editing. This is an open source tool, so anyone can use it completely free of charge. No extra costs, ads or any limitations.

Download the latest version of Audacity that is compatible with your Windows device, then install it. Installation is simple, so just click or tap Yes in the UAC window and follow the instructions in the setup wizard.

Audacity settings to invert the audio

Audacity settings to invert the audio

Open the song you want to reverse in Audacity

After installing Audacity on your computer, launch it to see the welcome message. Close the “Welcome to Audacity!” message window . . If you don’t want to close the welcome message every time you open Audacity, first select the “Don’t show this again at startup” option .

Exit the welcome window in Audacity

Exit the welcome window in Audacity

Open the File menu in the top left corner, then click or tap Open.

TIP : Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + O .

Click Open from Audacity's File menu

Click Open from Audacity’s File menu

Browse your Windows computer or device to find the song you want to reverse. When you find it, select and click Open.

Open the audio file you want to play backwards

Open the audio file you want to play backwards

Audacity will immediately load the selected song, as shown below.

TIP : You can also drag and drop a song onto Audacity’s window to load it.

To reverse a song, you must first load it into Audacity

To reverse a song, you must first load it into Audacity

How to invert audio in Audacity

Now that the audio file is loaded in Audacity, open the Select menu from the upper left corner, then click All to select the entire song. Note that you can achieve the same result by pressing Ctrl + A on your keyboard.

To reverse an MP3 file, first select the file 

To reverse an MP3 file, first select the file

Once the entire track is selected, open the Effect menu from the top of the window and look for the Reverse option . Click it.

How to reverse songs in Audacity

How to reverse songs in Audacity

When Audacity finishes reversing the song, you can listen to the preview. Use the play controls from the top left part of the window to click Play.

How to play back a song in Audacity

How to play back a song in Audacity

If you’re satisfied with the results, move on to the next step of this tutorial to save the reversed song.

Save the reversed song

If you want to play the song you reversed using another media player without using Audacity, you should save the new audio file. Open the File menu again , go to Export , then click the Export Audio option .

Select Export Audio

Select Export Audio

Audacity opens an Export Audio window that allows you to choose where to save the song on your computer, the name, format, and encoding of the song. Choose a location and name that you see fit, but pay a little more attention to the file type and encoding you want to use. The safest choice you can make is to use the defaults: The file type is WAV (Microsoft) and the encoding is “Signed 16 bit PCM” .

The resulting file works on any Windows computer, regardless of the operating system version, but the downside is that you get a rather large file. However, in order to use another file format, you may find that you must also have the appropriate audio codec installed on your system. When you’re done, click the Save button .

How to save a song reversed

How to save a song reversed

Before saving the result, Audacity allows you to edit its metadata. Make any changes you want, then click OK.

Finish saving the song you reversed

Finish saving the song you reversed

Audacity saves your song in a new reverse at the location you specified.

Hope you are succesful.

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