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Audio Production

Audacity and Garage Band are common audio production tools:
1. Audacity is a free, easy-to-use multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:

Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, records, or minidiscs.

With Audacity you can import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings.

Audacity offers easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete. You can edit and mix multiple tracks, label tracks, use the draw tool to alter individual sample points and use the envelope tool to fade the volume up or down smoothly.

Who is Using Audacity?

FRN230 - Jonathan Gosnell, Radio Podcasts
FRN251 - Jonathan Gosnell, Radio Podcasts
EGR400 - Glenn Ellis, Talk to Me Project
DAN187 - Mike Vargas, Create Original Soundtracks
BIO323 - Michael Barresi, Stem Cell Documentaries

In addition to course support, over 300 faculty, staff and students use Audacity to record and edit narration and music for independent productions.

How can I examine Audacity for myself?

Free Download for Audacity

Garage Band
GarageBand is a software application for Mac OS X that allows users to create music or podcasts.

GarageBand includes built-in audio filters that allow the user to enhance multiple audio tracks with various effects, including reverb, echo, and distortion.  GarageBand, also, includes a large selection of realistic, sampled instruments and software modeled synthesizers. These can be used to create original compositions or play music live through the use of a USB MIDI keyboard connected to the computer or an on-screen virtual keyboard.

How can I examine Garage Band for myself?
Visit the Digital Video Lab in the Center for Media Production or the VCRC in Hillyer to explore audio recording and music composition with GarageBand.

Contact: Frank Citino at or Kate Lee at for more information.