Capturing decent audio can be a challenge, as it relies on both tools and technique. Editing and enhancing audio is often difficult and dependent on audio software that can be very costly. As we develop engaging courseware that incorporates natural sounds (how-to or interviews on the plant floor) to scenarios involving multiple voices (a sales call or performance appraisal), getting the sound right is critical. Poor audio is distracting, and your learners will tune out.

Audacity is a free open-source digital audio editor with features rivaling software costing hundreds of US dollars. Audacity is available for the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. This session will examine the power of Audacity for recording, editing, and audio postproduction processing. This session will be hands-on, and you will edit, enhance, and output provided audio files that can be used in your favorite authoring tool.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To navigate within Audacity
  • How to edit dialog
  • How to build and use multiple tracks in Audacity
  • How to apply effects to selected audio
  • How to output audio files to another audio file format
  • How to enhance Audacity with other features via installed libraries

Novice designers and developers who are familiar with downloading and retrieving files.

Technology discussed in this session:
Audacity and associated libraries.

Student technology needs:
A laptop loaded with the current version of Audacity, which can be downloaded here in Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux. If you want to import/export to MP3, follow the instructions and download the LAME MP3 encoder found here.