44 – Audacity

UP 68 places in 2021

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

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

Ranking on the 2021 sub-lists

Top 150 Tools for
Personal Learning: 82
Top 150 Tools for
Workplace Learning: 28
Top 150 Tools for
Education: 68

Overall rankings in the previous 4 surveys: 2007-2020

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 in 2021

“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

“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

“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

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

Previous comments

“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.

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