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Audacity is a free digital audio editor and recording application, available for both Windows and Mac operating systems. In addition to recording audio from multiple sources, Audacity can also be used for enhancing all types of audio, including podcasts, by adding effects such as trimming and fading in and out.

Instructors have found the following uses, and many more, for using Audacity in education:

  • Record student assessments and presentations
  • Record and deliver course content
  • Record and deliver excerpts from textbooks, novels, and poetry
  • Record and deliver instructions for lessons
  • Record and deliver weekly announcements
  • Use to assist students with hearing impairments
  • Record sound for PowerPoint slides

Getting Started

  1. Download and install Audacity
  2. Read the Audacity features
  3. Review Getting Started Quick Help


Instructors may request OIT Help including consultations and development of course materials. For details, contact the OIT HelpDesk online or call 865-974-9900.

NOTE: Apple’s GarageBand is a free alternative to Audacity but for Mac only.