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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 space dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling... and all this is free, with your library card!

It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.


The Inspiration Lab has 12 high-performance desktop computers providing:

  • Microsoft Photo Gallery (basic photo editing)
  • Adobe Photoshop (advanced photo editing)
  • Microsoft Movie Maker (basic video creation)
  • Adobe PremierePro (advanced video creation)
  • Audacity (basic audio creation)
  • REAPER (advanced audio creation)
  • Sigil (basic epublishing)
  • Adobe InDesign (advanced epublishing)

You can edit digital audio files with Audacity, a free, open source digital audio recording and editing program. With Audacity, you can:

  • Import and export many major audio file formats
  • Record and play back sounds
  • Cut, copy, and paste sounds
  • Mix audio on multiple tracks
  • Apply audio 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 is a self-directed, Do-It-Yourself space in the library to help you create and experiment with digital media.

Recording studios, equipment, and computers are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library. To use the studios, you will need to have a library card with proof of address and no more than $10 in library fees. The Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be used by anyone with a valid card, including an Internet Access card.

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

  • The recording studios can be booked for a maximum of three hours per day.
  • Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be booked up to three hours per day, but a Creation Station or Digitzation Station session may be extended at staff discretion if time is available and other library patrons are not waiting to use it.
  • Bookings of studios, Creation Stations, and Digitization Stations can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information on booking, please see the booking instructions for recording studios, Creation Stations, or Digitization Stations.