Course Overview

Time Estimate:
2.5 hours

About Tutorials

Tutorials offer step-by-step instructions to projects 30-minutes or less. They are guides to various subjects that applies to most audiences.

Audacity is free, easy-to-use software that will enable you to quickly begin recording and editing audio files.

With Audacity, you can record live audio; cut, copy, splice or mix sounds; change the pitch or speed of a recording; convert records and tapes into digital recordings or CDs — and much more.

The NewsU tutorial will get you started with basic editing of audio files, whether stereo or mono, with one track or several. You'll learn to export your completed projects for use on the Web, too.

This multilingual audio editor and recorder works with Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to download and set up Audacity software
  • The details of the workspace
  • Basic audio editing
  • Filters and cleaning up audio
  • Mixing tracks
  • Exporting audio
Who should take this course:

Anyone who wants to learn the basics of how to use Audacity, a free sound-editing software package.


Jeremy Rue

Jeremy Rue is a lecturer for the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism under grants from the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie-Knight program News21.

Training Partner:

Knight Digital Media Center

The Knight Digital Media Center is a partnership of the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Technical Requirements:

A computer with the ability to download software.