The software that we teach here in Columbia Libraries is the widely used, open-source solution, Audacity. Although Audacity may not be able to provide all of the tools and polishes available in professional-grade sound editing programs, it is a robust, easy-to-learn gateway to sound edit. And it’s free!
You can download Audacity online and follow the tutorials below to get started. However, because Audacity is so broadly available there are hundreds of tutorials, message boards, tips, and tricks around the web that can answer many questions and help you acquire more advanced skills.
Another commonly used software for audio editing is Adobe Audition, which you can find on many computers at Columbia and also in Barnard’s Instructional Media and Technology Services (IMATS), located in the Milstein Center. Audition provides additional tools and a more polished, professional sound to you audio, but it will take a little effort to learn and, unless you want to use it exclusively on-site in one of our libraries, there is a cost associated with purchasing an individual license for your personal computer.