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Audacity: The Free Dimensional Sound Editor, Part One

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Audacity is a free, open source, cross-platform sound recorder and editor program that allows you to perform simple and advanced sound recording and editing tasks. If you’re into recording, sound effects, mixing, or editing, Audacity takes you there and beyond. Audacity offers a huge (and growing) list of features found in expensive and proprietary sound software. Can you imagine the audacity of developers who would create and maintain software of this caliber? Alas, that is but one of free software’s primary pillars.

This article focuses on Audacity 1.3.12 Beta on Ubuntu Linux 10.10 and uses a Logitech 350 USB Headset* with built-in microphone.

The Basics

Two of Audacity’s little-known features are that it is very easy to install and use. Visit the Downloads page for your particular operating system or, if your distribution includes a precompiled package, follow the instructions for simple installation.

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