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Multimedia Literacy: Audio



Audacity IconAudacity is a free, cross-platform audio recording and editing software.

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Note: SMDC computers currently have version 3.1.3 installed. If you will be using Audacity on both SMDC computers and your own, we recommend installing 3.1.3 on your own computer. Audacity project file types have changed to .aup3 and projects created with older versions (.aup and data folder) will not transfer well between computers. [January 2022]

What's new in Audacity 3.1?

  • Added clip handle bars, allowing you to move audio clips around more easily.
    • Previously had to use the time-shift tool, which has been removed
  • Added smart clips, a way to non-destructively trim clips
  • Deleting parts of a track does not affect timings of other clips
  • New project file type: .aup3 (no more data folder to keep track of!)
  • Reworked the looping feature


garagebandGarageband is a Mac only, free audio recording and editing software. It is different from Audacity in that it is more centered around creating music with free loops and software instruments built-in. However, it can be used for creating podcasts, and audio essays as well.