A friend of mine was looking for some great application to record his voice and play it for his little adoring girl when he's not at home. We searched the net for the right software, but many were not available freely and were just packed with too many features that we're never gonna use. Moreover, they were not intuitive to use.
So here comes Audacity: a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds, available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems!
It has an intuitive GUI (Graphical User Interface) and is packed with many essential features. With Audacity, you may:
- record from microphone, line input, or other sources
- import and export WAV, AIFF, AU, and Ogg Vorbis files
- apply a wide array of effects like chorus, flanger, echo, phaser...
- record any sound on your sound card (through wave, CD, line in, AUX...) in crystal-clear quality
Who says that on a Windows system you're limited to the 60 seconds recording allowed in the crap Windows Sound Recorder? No more now!
Audacity is shipped with many Linux distros including Ubuntu.