Audacity: Free and open source audio editing software

    | June 9, 2008

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    Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder. Audacity allows you to:

    • Record live audio;
    • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs;
    • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV, or AIFF sound files;
    • Cut, copy, splice, or mix sounds together;
    • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.

    For a complete list of Audacity features, go to this link:

    In the help section of the Audacity website (, you will find links to a complete user manual and the Audacity Wiki, which provides step-by-step tutorials on how to use audacity. (A wiki is a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content.)

    To download your free copy of Audacity, go to the following website: On this page, you can choose to download Audacity 1.2 (this is a stable version made for all users) or Audacity 1.3 (this is a beta version, which means it is a newer version that’s still being tested. It is only recommended for advanced users of Audacity.)