The next time you're looking for a digital audio package, I suggest you consider Audacity.
Here’s why I like Audacity:
1. No cost: Open source software
2. Capabilities: Recording, editing, importing and exporting files
3. File types: WMA, WAV and MP3 among others
I used an Olympus digital recorder to capture the sounds at Dallas' M.T. Reilly Elementary School during Career Day on May 13, 2011.
First, I asked several students to participate in making an audio movie. They were excited and after I captured the audio of them making bird sounds, they were especially interested in hearing the sounds, which I played back for them.
To create the edited product, I uploaded the raw audio into my Audacity software. Then I highlighted each section of audio and listened. Next, I selected what I wanted to delete, highlighted it and hit the backspace key.
Finally, I used the Effect menu to select Fade Out which I placed at the end of the final piece of audio.
Then from the File menu, I exported my finished product as an MP3.
Listen to the three students making bird sounds.
About the Author:
Regina L. Burns, M.A., Project+, is an award-winning multimedia editor and journalist, specializing in Black history and African American stories at Harvest Reapers Communications. Her work has been published in Texas Highways magazine, WFAA-TV, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as well as The Commercial Appeal, the Tri-State Defender and The Flyer, among others.