January 18, 2013 by quirkyuncle
Everyone needs a good audio editor. Audacity is free open-source audio editor, packed with powerful features, that is constantly undergoing enhancement and improvement.
Audacity can be downloaded from the Audacity page on the SourceForge website. It is available for the Windows, Mac OS, and Linux platforms. SourceForge is a place where professional software developers collaborate to create fine applications and offer them for no charge. You can find a lot of great software at the SourceForge website for a variety of purposes. It’s a fantastic resource!
What can you use Audacity for?
Audacity is packed with features that enable you to:
- Record audio using a microphone in, or connected to, your computer.
- Extract the sound from a video and save it as an audio file.
- Make your own ring tones.
- Record sound generated by your computer (depending on type and operating system).
- Edit audio files (remove noise, enhance sound, etc.).
- Convert between different audio file formats (WAV, MP3, AAC, etc.).
- Digitize your old records and tapes so you can listen to them with your MP3 player.
To take full advantage of Audacity, you’ll need to download and install a couple free plug-ins. Instructions are given in each of the links.
- For MP3 support, the LAME MP3 encoding library
- For support of a variety of other media files, including AAC and some video formats, the FFmpeg import/export library
- Additional plug-ins are available for specific purposes. These are described on the SourceForge Audacity plug-in page.
A full description of Audacity is in the online documentation. Check it out!
Audacity presents a clean and professional interface. While it might appear old school, it is intuitive and fully functional. It might not be the fanciest interface in the world, but it is free – who cares, as long as it works!
I’ll discuss how to use Audacity to digitize your old records and cassettes and create your own ringtones in future postings. Check back soon!