Cool, Free, Open Source Audio Software :-)February 9, 2008 at 10:42 am | Posted in Software | 4 Comments
Tags: Audacity, Audio Editing, DAW, open source
I am currently in a quest to enlighten myself about the usage of audio editing software – the standard affordable software for DAWs* seems to be Pro Tools, starting at € 60. I am unable to assess whether it is also fit for studio production, but instead of searching for a cracked Pro Tools download (which is of course a thought that only briefly crossed my mind:-) I opted for the open source solution Audacity: It only took me a few minutes to get around its workings and make it perform what I wanted it to: make a voice recording, convert it from stereo to mono, normalize it, get rid of a few glitches, edit, splice, export – and I guess there are many more functions to unleash still. It’s piece of free software that I am VERY happy to promote: get it at Soundforge. Perfect for PhD candidates in the humanities who are expanding their software literacy to enhance their teaching 🙂
The cheap micro I had didn’t work properly, so I borrowed one that seems to be made especially for podcasters: It comes with a little amplifier (basic functions) which plugs into your USB port so you won’t need an extra electricity supply! Pretty cool (forgot to write down the name, will do that later) – wordpress.org needs another few days until I find the time to learn that too.
*) This is apparently audio editing jargon: DAW for digital audio workstation = Digital audio workstation. A computer with the appropriate hardware and software needed to digitize and edit audio. [Source]