Digital Storytelling - Recording, Equipment and Editing in Audacity

Editing your audio in Audacity

You can now edit your .WAV audio file using either iMovie (Mac) or Moviemaker (PC). We also recommend ‘Audacity’, a free software package for editing and processing audio files. The Audacity software can be downloaded via the 'Related Links' below.


Audacity can edit .WAV files or .MP3 files.

We have attached a worksheet (see link below) outlining the main things you will use Audacity for:

  • Noise removal such as taking out ambient background noise or hiss
  • Raising the volume of quiet recordings
  • Editing – e.g. cutting out bits, cropping or lengthening the start and/or end
  • Adding other audio files – e.g. music or sound effects (these can be downloaded free from the Freesound website - see Related Links below) 

Save your edited file ‘as a project’ in Audacity (i.e. save as *.aup) so you can edit it again at a later stage if necessary.

Once you are happy with the completed audio track, you need to export it as a new .WAV file (give it a separate filename, such as 'Edited version' to distinguish it from your original recording).

Well done!   You can now start to create a ‘digital story’ by adding images to your finished .WAV file - see Digi Storytelling 3: Combine Images/Audio in Photo Story 3

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