By Tee Morris, Chuck Tomasi

Audacity is a piece of software that quickly became a podcaster’s best friend. It’s easy to see why: It’s free and simple to use. Simply download the software.

Audacity
Audacity is a freeware application that allows you to edit audio and create MP3 files.

Designed by volunteers who simply wanted to give something cool back to the Internet, Audacity is designed for a variety of audio capabilities such as importing, mixing, editing, and exporting audio.

For podcasters, it’s become the must-have tool for recording voice straight off a computer. It’s also compatible with Windows, Macintosh, and Linux. (We want to send a big thank you to the volunteers who went out of their way to show that yes, software can be made available for any platform, provided the creators are driven enough to make it happen!)

  • Records live audio through microphones or mixer channels
  • Can record up to 16 channels at once
  • Imports various sound formats for editing and remixing
  • Exports final projects to WAV, AIFF, MP3, and many other audio formats
  • Grants the user unlimited Undo and Redo commands
  • Can create an unlimited number of audio tracks
  • Removes static, hiss, hum, and other constant background noises
  • Offers a wide variety of effects to manipulate your audio (and these effects are expandable via third-party plug-ins)
  • Records at an audio quality of up to 384 kHz