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Inspiration Lab - Audio Editing with Audacity

Learn how to perform basic audio editing tasks with the user friendly program Audacity.

Audio Editing with Audacity

The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.

The Inspiration Lab has workstations for editing digital audio files with Audacity, a free, open source digital audio recording and editing program available for most computer operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, etc). With Audacity, you can: 

  • Import and export many major audio file formats (see File Formats for details)
  • Record and play back sounds
  • Cut, copy, and paste sounds, with unlimited levels of undo
  • Mix audio on multiple tracks
  • Apply digital effects to your sound files
  • Make precise adjustments to audio speed (tempo) while maintaining pitch. This means you can synchronize with video, or run for a predetermined length of time.


Booking Inspiration Lab Equipment

The Inspiration Lab has specialised software, studio space, and equipment to help you create and experiment with traditional and digital media. Studios, equipment, and computers within the Inspiration Lab are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library.

The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours (although the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library).

Recording studios, Digitization Stations, and Creation Stations can be booked for maximum of 3 hours per day. Bookings can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the booking instructions.

We recommend you begin saving your project or work at least 30 minutes before the end of your session. This is in case you have large files to transfer or you want to burn your work to a disc.