60 – Audacity


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

Website: audacityteam.org 
Cost: Free. Open Source
Availability: Download

Rankings in the previous surveys: 

2021: 44 2020: 112 2019: 49 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 on Audacity

“I use Audicity to edit audio for my videos.” Gabriel Cruz Ignacio, Academic, Mexico, 2022

“Make screencasts and other types of videos or audio files and work with them (cutting, …). It is open source and this there is no problem with privacy and data protection.” Andrea Ghoneim, eDeveloper & support for digital teaching, Austria, 2021

“While I nearly always pay professional voice over artists rather than record narration myself, I often end up doing minor audio edits. Audacity is free, open source, and does everything I need for quick audio revisions.” Christy Tucker, USA, 2021

“A feature-rich free recorder and editor which does everything I want (and more if I bother to learn when I need it).” Digital Learning Developer, UK, 2021

“my favourite podcast editing tool” Andrew Jacobs, L&D, UK, 2021

“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, 2019

“We use audacity to enhance the audio before we put it into a PowerPoint” Skills Training Coordinator, USA, 2019

“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, 2019

“Free software, open code, cross platform for sound recording and editing.” Producer of elearning teaching material, Spain, 2019

“Very professional and rich in capability. It’s free.” Manager Professional Development, Australia, 2019

Quick Guide to Audacity 

Here you will find some basic guidance and links to resources on how to use Audacity for teaching, training, learning and development.

Audacity is a cost-effective to create and edit audio files to be used within training and other resources – in particular voiceovers and podcasts

Voiceovers are voices added to a presentation or video to narrate or describe the topic. Here are 5 steps to improve your VoiceOver in Audacity

Podcasts are digital audio files which can be downloaded to a computer or portable media player, Podcasts are typically made available as a series, new instalments of which can be received by subscribers automatically

So what else can you create with Audacity?

Further resources

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