Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Audacity?, part of Learning Audacity (2012).
So what exactly is Audacity?…Well, since you're watching this course, you probably already have at least a vague…notion that it's a piece of software for editing audio.…What makes Audacity so appealing is probably the combination of its power and its price.…Its power is impressive. You'll find certain tools and abilities that match pro level audio…editing applications. And its price is 100% free.…Audacity is open source software, meaning that it's a result of a collaborative effort.…Multiple developers work on it and are constantly tweaking and improving it, and it's distributed…freely, meaning anyone can download and use the software for free.…
But that also means there's no real customer support to speak of. You generally can't call…a number to get help with open source software.…But Audacity does have pretty thorough documentation and an active community you can participate…in to ask questions and even offer your own advice.…Just go to forum.audacityteam.org to browse their forums. And for being free, Audacity…
- Creating a new project
- Adding tracks
- Recording two tracks simultaneously
- Making selections
- Splitting clips
- Automating volume
- Adding sound effects
- Using compression
- Inserting silence
- Exporting your project
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Why don't the instructions for downloading the LAME MP3 encoder work?
A: Use the new homepage for Audacity, http://audacityteam.org/, rather than the sourceforge address shown in the course.
Q: This course was updated on 08/14/2015. What changed?
A: The author updated the "Downloading and installing Audacity" videos for Mac and Windows, and added a new video on the LAME MP3 encoder.