Audio Editor or Creator/Recorder is one of the most common applications used in audio/sound productions – specifically in mixing/editing digital audio, although you can also use it to create digital content from a traditional audio storage media such as Record or Tapes.
Audacity : The Best Audio Creator/Editor
Audacity is a cross-platform open source software. Audacity is very easy to use and anyone can start audio editing using Audacity within a couple of minutes. it’s quite popular so in a Linux distribution such as Ubuntu (Latest stable version : 11.10, upcoming version 12.04), Linux Mint etc it’s there in the package repository, by default. Some special editions such as Ubuntu Studio includes Audacity installed by default, because it’s a great application – as Audacity is lightweight and fast with simple user interface (and of course Advanced Features).
What you can do using Audacity ?
For complete list of features, you should refer to its official website but here is a quick view on some of its great features –
- edit, cut or mix sounds together
- Record Live Audio
- it supports MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV or AIFF files
- live audio recording from Line or Mic (or other sources)
- control pitch or speed of recording
- very fast editing of larger files
- Easy import ‘n’ export of various file formats
- Edit/Mix unlimited number of tracks
- A lot of funky effects such as Echo, Reverser, phaser etc
- Plugins are available to add some extra features ‘n’ fun!
How to install Audacity in Ubuntu (11.10/12.04)
Fire up a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute the following commands –
sudo apt-get install audacity
Non-Ubuntu users can download the required package from the official website.