Audio Editing With Audacity

If you’ve ever wished you could perform audio edits like expensive software does, but without breaking the bank, you should check out Audacity. Audacity is a free, open source audio editor available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux with features typically found only in high dollar commercial software.

Requiring only an additional (free) DLL for MP3 support, and nothing extra for editing WAV, OGG, or Vorbis filetypes, Audacity allows you to cut, splice, and create audio in ways you’ve never imagined. You can highlight and edit or export only the portions of a file you are interested in, increase or decrease volume levels, resample audio, and much, much more.

Owners of cell phones supporting standard MP3’s will be able to easily create ringtones by simply loading up an MP3, highlighting the portion of the song they are interested in, and exporting it to a new Mp3.

If you’re still unsure about how to convert your CD’s to MP3’s for digital editing, check out CDEX, another free, open source application demonstrating leadership in its area of expertise.

CDEX will query an internet database to retrieve the names of the songs on your CD’s so you don’t have to take the time to type them all out by yourself.

4 Comments

  1. Bill said,

    February 8, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    I have been recording a voice-over for a dvd I’m creating, and found the audio tools I had were lacking severely. I found audacity (and the Samson Q1U mic) and have been absolutely amazed at what I could do – I have an outstanding (spoken voice) recording studio for a gross expenditure of $55. Audacity is not only powerful, but incredibly easy to use.

    I’m with you on this – Audacity is nothing short of amazing.

  2. airjrdn said,

    February 8, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    Thanks for commenting.

    I’m surprised it doesn’t get more publicity really. It’s a solid tool that I turn to nearly anytime I need to edit audio.

  3. John W said,

    July 29, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Great program. A little bit difficult to learn because of all the different things you are able to do with it. Once you become familiar with the possibilites the “sky’s the limit” so to speak, with what you can accomplish with it.

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