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Audacity

Overview

Audacity is a desktop application available for Mac, Windows and Linux.  Audacity is open source software that is free for download. Audacity is a great tool for recording/editing/formatting audio.

Full documentation is available on the LIS Ed Tech wiki.

Quickstart

To get started with Audacity, do the following:

  1. Locate a lab that has Audacity installed (see list below) or download to your own computer (Note: you should also download and install LAME MP3 libraries)
  2. Set up your microphone and confirm that it is working...
  3. Open the application
  4. Click the "Play" button to hear what you have recorded
  5. Chose "File > Save Project" to save your recording for future editing OR
    Chose "File > Export as WAV..." to save an uncompressed version of your recording
    Chose "File > Export as MP3..." to save a version to share with others

Note: It is recommended that you exported as WAV from Audacity to ensure you have an uncompressed version of your audio and then to copy this file to a media application such as iTunes where you can convert it to MP3 format and add additional information (metadata).

To edit audio, do the following:

  1. Chose File > Open...
  2. Browse to an audio file, select it and click the "Open" button

Audacity displays a visual representation of the audio (known as a waveform) and has controls for zooming in and out of this representation allowing you to focus on particular portions of your audio track.  Hold down your mouse button and drag across the waveform to select a portion of the audio.  This selection can then be deleted or copied and pasted wherever else you put your cursor in the wave form.  See screencast below for demonstration of basic editing techniques.

For full documentation, see: LIS Ed Tech Wiki

Audacity is installed in the following labs:

  • Library 105
  • Sunderland ILC1, ILC2, ILC3
  • McCardell BiHall 116
  • Wilson Multimedia Development Lab (LIB220)

 

Case Studies

Extending the Textbook (Kyoko Davis)

Podcasting Lectures (James Morrison)