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Introduction to Sound Design I: Editing with Audacity

-Faculty -Graduate Students -Postdocs -Staff -Undergraduate Students

Learn and practice how to compile and edit audio files, reduce noise, navigate a multitrack, and export an .mp3 file using Audacity.

Interested in podcasting, audio essays, or sound design more broadly? Want to translate research into a popular format, experiment with creative sound composition, or share a lively conversation? Audio editing skills expand your access to different forms of teaching, learning, and making. Audacity is a free, open-source audio editing software that allows you to import, edit, add effects, compile, and export audio files. As a powerful and professional tool for producing nuanced sound projects, Audacity enables creative experimentation and critical analysis in multi-media learning contexts.  


  • Introduce basic elements of podcast design;
  • Import sound files and learn efficient navigational techniques in the Audacity interface;
  • Practice organizing and naming sound files in the context of a large-scale project;
  • Edit files by cutting undesirable sounds, removing background noise, normalizing decibel levels, adjusting gains, and adding effects;
  • Arrange and balance files in a multitrack;
  • Visit repositories of free sound effects and music online;
  • Export your project into a shareable .mp3 file!


  • There are no prerequisites, but participants should bring a laptop and a pair of headphones.
Friday, March 3, 2023
1:30PM - 3:00PM
Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship // Hesburgh Library 2nd Floor // Classroom 246
Sally Hansen
CDS | Multimedia Workshops
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Sally Hansen
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Center for Digital Scholarship

Hesburgh Library–2nd Floor NE

Julie C. Vecchio '04, MPH, MLIS
Co-Interim Director
(574) 631-4900