What is it?

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages. You can use Audacity to:

  • Record live audio.
  • Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files.
  • AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Numerous effects including change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • Write your own plug-in effects with Nyquist. 1

How to use it?

Educational Functions:

Record, convert, edit and mix audio.  Record a podcast explanation of a topic.

Cognitive processes you could target with this tool:

Recall, integration, elaboration, attending, encoding, comprehension, processing, meta-memory.

Get started

To download audacity, click here.


  1. Taken from on 15 February, 2017.