Thursday, December 9, 2010

Audacity for podcasting and soundtracks.

Audacity, for those who are not familiar with it, is in effect a word processor for sound. It allows you to record, cut, edit and change the "font" i.e. add special effects to your spoken work. It can be used to record podcats, and it can also be used for recording and editing soundtracks which you might use with an animation, a movie, or a slide show. It can be downloaded here: AudacityDownload There are versions for windows, Mac, and Linux machines, and there is a link on the page for older windows machines as well as Mac machines running OS9.
The editor allows you to edit and combine tracks, remove umm’s and aggh’s as well as those long pauses while you try and think up what to say next. It also allows you to combine tracks and control the overall volume.
Audacity tutorial page: Tutorials from Audacity about Audacity
Educational use:
A great tool for generating podcasts and audio for voice overs on slides and movies.

Mac Equivalent:
Garage band. This can be the functional equivalent of Audacity however it has a lot more built in functionality in terms of sound effects, musical instruments etc.
Further Reading
Audacity Further readingA nice page with more info

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