Introduction to Computer Music

Learning Audacity

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  1. Audacity logoWhat is Audacity?
    Audacity is FOSS software for multi-track audio editing/recording that is developed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It runs on Mac, Windows, and Linux.
  2. Download Audacity
  3. Documentation
  4. Getting Started
  5. Help Features
  6. File Formats
  7. Effects, Generators, Analyzers and Tools
  8. Import/Export MP4s
  9. Advanced
"Free" Sounds Effects
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  2. Free SFX –

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Updated: August 30, 2023

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music