The Merriam-Webster offers two definitions for the 15th century Latin cognate:
- intrepid boldness
- bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints
Dominic Mazzoni, along with the help of a few others has applied this second definition to a very nice little open-source and very free sound editor named Audacity.
Now keep in mind, I’m not a big fan of sound on websites, however, there are times it is appropriate. For example, lets say you wanted to post a one minute snippet of what your church’s gospel choir sounded like this past Easter. Or perhaps an important moment or two from a sermon?
Audacity might be that little free tool you’re looking for. I haven’t really tried it out for long recordings, but for the short stuff … it’s good stuff. Not only because it’s free, but because it runs on everything, and handles quite a few file formats.
That said, if I’d better not catch you guys putting up sound on your websites just because you can! Remember, things like sound and other multi-media should be purpose driven, and used sparingly.