Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to:
  • Record live audio.
  • Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
  • Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files.
  • Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together.
  • Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
  • Add sound effects
  • And more! See the complete list of features.

It is available for Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. Learn more about Audacity... Also check our Wiki and Forum for more information. (Source:

Go to Audacity's download page and download the
installer. You will also want to download the LAME
encoder file, which will allow you to export MP3 files for
creating podcasts.

13 Video Tutorials from Rushton Hurley's site

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Audacity Tutorial for Podcasters

In this Audacity tutorial you'll finally press record. We'll take a tour of the software and learn how to record your podcast.
NOTE: There are video tutorials available on this page. They are marked with a external image vidicon.gif icon. When you click a tutorial link, it will open the video in a new browser window.
To play the videos, you will need to download the latest version of the free Flash player. The best way to view the video tutorial is with your browser in full screen mode. You can switch your browser in and out of full screen mode by pressing F11. Try it now.
Now let's get started with the audacity tutorial videos:.
Recording Setup external image vidicon.gif
The Editing Tools external image vidicon.gif
Basic Editing and Trimming Your Audio external image vidicon.gif
Adjusting Levels external image vidicon.gif
Importing Audio and Adding Music to Your Podcast external image vidicon.gif
Saving Your Project and Exporting the MP3 external image vidicon.gif
Now you know how to record a basic podcast, edit it and even add a little music. The audacity tutorial covered saving your audio as an MP3 and editing the ID3 tags. Let's take a further look at the ID3 tags.
How to Use ID3 Tags
How to Download and Install Audacity