Audacity is a free and open source cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. It is a free piece of software which requires a desktop PC or laptop to use in order to create the final output which are audio clips.
Desktop based application, with many options around the Graphical User Interface GUI (menus, toolbars, etc.). Options are well classified and quite intuitive to find. Although it has many options, the learning curve should be short due to its limited focus (sounds recorder/editor).
“After sampling a few audio programs, I found Audacity to be the bestfree program available to create audio samples. The program allows you to do so much more than simply record narration and music. I am impressed with how much editing can be done within the program. When I first used it, I had not used any audio programs so it was a little daunting, but after about an hour, I was able to navigate most of the tools. I have used the program to create a project where students must incorporate 6 sound effects (splash, horn, crickets.etc.) into an original 1 minute story. For that project, Audacity is the best platform”.- Ed Shelf Review