49 – Audacity

Continues to drop down the list – this year a further 5 places to its lowest position 

Audacity is a free open source tool to record, edit and mix sounds.

Website: audacity.sourceforge.net/
Cost: Free. Open Source
Availability: Download

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 35
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 74

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 44    2017: 30    2016: 28    2015: 25    2014: 22    2013: 33
2012: 29    2011: 29    2010: 24    2009: 9      2008: 12    2007: 11

Comments from some of those who selected Audacity as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

“Free, easy, quality I used it to add voice over narration to video, or interactive learning content in Adobe Captivate, Video scribe I used it to record and give feedback to my graduate students.” Assistant Professor, USA

“We use audacity to enhance the audio before we put it into a PowerPoint” Skills Training Coordinator, USA

“Audio editing tool. Has a high learning curve because the info is hard to find. After you learn it, it’s easy to use. And, it’s free!” Instructional Designer, USA

“Free software, open code, cross platform for sound recording and editing.” Producer of elearning teaching material, Spain

“Very professional and rich in capability. It’s free.” Manager Professional Development, Australia

Previous comments

“I’ve been using this tool for years, and it’s still my go to tool for recording for audio.” Emily Clark, Canada

“I record and do the post-production for corporate L&D  interviews with experts. Very easy to handle for non-professionals in this field and good starting point to do podcasting for learners with an audio preference” L&D Manager, Germany, 2016

“FOSS, multilayered, versatile” Kerry Johnson, e-learning developer Australia, 2016

“free, easy and powerful audio recording and editing.” e-learning developer, UK, 2016

“at the end of the day, a simple and powerful recorder can be a great support for any presentation tool” Chris Wildermuth, University/College teacher, USA, 2016

“I record almost all the audio I use for my courses using Audacity. It is very easy to use.” Amy Rossetti, University/College teacher, 2016

“clip and create sound effects and edit out inappropriate material” Primary/Secondary (K12) teacher, USA, 2016

“Great free sound editing software, very easy to use, Mp3 export facility.” Steve Adams, Trainer/Instructor, USA, 2016

“for finely editing recorded voice overs for screen casts and editing the voice of lectures before combining with PowerPoint” University/College teacher, UK, 2016

“All voiceover recorded and edited” Marty King, 2015
“the best free audio editor” Wiebe Dijkstra, 2015
“Audacity is still the versatile sound editor/recorder” Richard Mundell, 2015
“Can’t beat the price for a great voice recording tool” Jeffrey Riley, 2015
“Audacity to create and edit good-quality audio clips” Marie Desjardin, 2015

Audacity is a great free program. Used for all narrtive/sound in ou learning content.” Linda Willis, 2014

“I record and post every one of my talks. Audaciity (with LAME) is the tool I use to do this” Stephen Downes, 2014
“amazing capabilities, hard to believe it is free!” Robert Joyce, 2014
“Can’t beat a free audio tool with this ease of use and depth” April 2014

“great FREE audio editor” 2013

Pre-2013 comments

“I recommend this open source tool to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who wish to create podcasts and/or software demos when using a Rapid E-Learning approach. It’s easy to use, and enables SMEs and training professionals create high quality audio quickly and efficiently.” Michael Hanley

“Does everything you need to record and edit audio. Easy to use, another winner!”  Karl Goddard”

who needs anything more complex or pricey?” Mary Cooch

“a wonderful user-friendly resource bringing podcasting to the people” Bill Miller

“Audacity is still the best application I have found for simple recording and editing of audio. It just works.” Jennifer Maddrel

“Audacity is easy to use for recording and editing sound files. It is a handy program for creating podcasts, especially for beginners in this area. ”  Patricia Donaghy

“Use this all the time for audio, no other tool is as good” Phil Bradley