Audacity: Free Podcasting Software

If you read Corey Dietz‘ piece, Podcasting For DumbDumbs, but felt you might like a little more control over the process of creating your podcasts than that provided by the services in the article, yet don’t have the resources to pour into a state-of-the-art home recording studio, take a look at Audacity

From the Audacity site:  

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity 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.
  • And more! See the complete list of features.

The software is entirely free and very well-documented, with an FAQUsers Manual (also available as a PDF or HTML download) and Tutorials.  

So if you’ve been thinking about dipping your toe into the podcasting pool to create audiobooks, audio blog entries or the like, you might want to give Audacity a try.  And if you do, be sure to report back in the Digital Publishing User Reviews forum, to share your experience with your fellow Publetarians.   

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