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au·dac·i·ty (o-’da-s&-tE) noun;

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.

One Comment

  1. I know this is an old article, but I wanted to leave a comment about how great Audacity is. I use it to edit the sound tracks for videos I create.

    It is free. It is open-source. What more do you need to convince you to download it. Okay, it is a richly featured audio editor also.

    I agree, background music on websites is bad, but there are legitimate purposes for music downloads on a website (e.g. a band wanting to offer samples of what they sound like.)

    I helped my uncle who is in a Gospel quartet put a few music samples for download on his website. We struggled with a few tools we had to pay for to edit them down and save them as MP3s and eventually found Audacity to be the easiest!