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Audacity® is free, open-source software available for OS X, Windows, and Linux for editing and recording sounds with many features.

Some of the features of particular interest for organizations and companies:


  • Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete.


  • Create voice-overs for podcasts or DJ sets using Auto Duck effect.


Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, records, or minidiscs. With some sound cards, Audacity can also capture streaming audio.

Import and Export

Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings.


Sound Quality



Feature listings taken from Audacity® project, for more details see the Audacity® features page.

Available expertise: 

Samir Nassar, one of the ICIL Innovation Advisors, is available for questions, advice, installation and configuration assistance.

Key Features: 
Free and easy sound editing with Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete.
Suitable for: 
Almost any project that intends to edit and record audio.
Time commitment: 
The basics of using Audacity can be learned with about an hour of practice.
Technical expertise needed: 
Minimal technical expertise is needed to use Audacity for editing. Some technical epertise could be needed for exporting and importing sounds.
Cost considerations: 
Audacity is free to obtain and use.