Perhaps you’ve heard of it. Audacity. No, not the bold or daring adjective used to describe one with arrogant disregard for personal safety; although the topic of this weblog entry may exhibit a portion of those characteristics…
In today’s posting we will share with our readers a preview of AudioAcrobat’s #1 recommended (free) audio editing software … Audacity.
What it does, well.
Audacity comes highly recommended by the AudioAcrobat staff for several main reasons:
- Mac/PC compatible
- Free/open source
- Robust editing capabilities
As far as getting down to the nitty gritty of Audacity’s capabilities, we’d like to start by answering one of our members’ most frequently asked questions by confidently stating the word, Audacity.
Wait, what was the question? What is, “How can I edit my conference call/interview recordings?” for $1000, Alex. It’s a little bit like Jeopardy!, get it?
Further uses for Audacity could involve splicing multiple audios together to create a radio show, podcast or DJ mix/compilation, as well as boosting levels, normalizing conference call participants spoken volume or creating commercials for your website or other networks … the possibilities are literally endless.
Where to get it … fast and cheap.
There are plenty of impostors out there on the web pushing their ‘free’ audio editing software. Some may even tell you that it’s Audacity, but don’t be fooled. There is one tried and true location to pick up your free download of Audacity, and that location has been, is and will continue to be in the foreseeable future http://audacity.sourceforge.net/.
Why we can’t live without it.
Audacity fills the basic need of an inexpensive (heck, can it get any cheaper than free?) audio editing software that can now be used on virtually any of the popular operating systems out there today. This includes Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, Windows 7, Windows Vista and yes, Windows XP … amongst many others.
If our readers are looking to spend money on audio editing software, we recommend opening your wallet in the direction of Sony Sound Forge, but if a price tag sporting a big ‘ol $0.00 is more akin to your liking, we will forever be pointing to Audacity as the leading software in the realm of open source audio editing; well, at least until something better comes along. Not likely though…
Praise? Concerns? Feedback?
If our readers have anything to add to our heralding of this tried and true editing software, we openly encourage you to share your experience in the comments section below. Have a better recommendation that will fill our readers’ needs? Don’t hold back — let your voice be heard!
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Coming up next … setting up and installing Audacity (including Lame) in Windows 7!