Want to jump right into the audio, editing and recording software that will make your audio courses a success? That's great! Just make sure you've checked out our blog on How to create kickass audio courses first. Then you can swing on back to this list when you're done.
Firstly, let's look at audio. You'll have seen previously that having the right background and scene-setting audio is very important to immerse the listener and get them excited about the lesson. But let's make sure the music you choose is free to use and comes from a reliable source...
12 Free music websites for eLearning
...We only included sites with large catalogues that don't require you to give extra credit.
Audio Archive - This website has 200,000 free digital recordings. You'll have to filter through to find what you like as it includes old radio broadcasts, concerts and news from around the world, but get stuck in and find some audio gems.
Bump Foot - Bump Foot is a non-profit netlabel in Japan. There are two main branches. Bump side : techno and house, or based on them. Foot side : ambient, IDM, or etc... other than bump side. You are free to share, to copy, distribute and transmit the work, and to adapt the work.
CASH Music - CASH Music is a non-profit organisation that hosts digital tools for musicians and labels to share their music. The digital tool allows for uploads and downloads of songs and sharing is made easy.
ccMixter - Looking for music for a video, school project, game you’re developing, podcast or just for listening in your cubicle or mobile music device? Find exactly the music you’re looking for - podsafe, liberally licensed - using dig.ccMixter Music Discovery tool.
FMA - The Free Music Archive is an interactive library of high-quality, legal audio downloads. The Free Music Archive is directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.
Freeplay Music Library - Freeplay's first product, the Freeplay Music Library, is a comprehensive collection of High End Broadcast production music spanning all the popular musical genres, available for download either on-line or via our Portable Hard Drive.
iBeat - Free Beats – Download beats, loops, breaks and samples Free beats, loops, and breaks - iBeat.org iBeat – pushing beats, loops and breaks since 2007. Free under Creative Commons licensing.
Kompoz - Kompoz is an online community that prides in collaboration between artists from all over the world. Artists post their clips on the website where anyone can download it and use it for their own productions. They can also add their own instruments or creative mix to the original clip and upload it on the website again.
Musopen - Set music FREE. Musopen (www.musopen.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on improving access and exposure to music by creating free resources and educational materials. We provide recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions. Put simply, our mission is to set music free.
Partners in Rhyme - Royalty free music libraries for you to download and start using right away in your commercial projects. These high quality music tracks will make your projects more effective and sound more professional.
Royalty Free Music Library - Royalty Free Music Library is proud to offer one of the largest offerings of online broadcast-quality royalty free music anywhere on the web. Download royalty free music from 3 of the top royalty free catalogs online:Royalty Free Music Revolution - The definitive royalty free music catalog with over 1000 songs from some of the top composers in the industry.
SoundCloud - SoundCloud is a website where artists share their new tracks to the world. There is a section under Creative Commons license where you can download other people’s tracks. You can stream the available clips and it takes just a simple click to get the MP3 file without any registration
4 Free Audio recording & editing tools
Ensure that the idea, the script, the care you put into crafting a great audio course doesn't go to waste with sub-par recording and editing software. Record high-quality audio that can be simply edited with the following tools.
...We only included free tools that enable you to both record and edit audio.
Audacity - Audacity is a free, open-source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. With Audacity, record live audio, cut, copy, or mix sounds together, change the speed or pitch of a recording, and more.
Garageband - gives you all the tools you need to write, play, mix, and export your own songs quickly and efficiently via Mac download.
Oceanaudio - is a cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. It is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files without complications. ocenaudio also has powerful features that will please more advanced users.
Vocaroo - An easy to use audio recording tool allows the user to upload a file from a pre-recorded file. Audio created here can be emailed, embedded and shared by URL or through social media sites.
2 Free audio recording tools
If you are going to give your audio to an editor then you may want to use something even simpler for quick recording. The following software are purely for recording audio.
Voice Memos - Yes the app that comes installed with Apple products. But it's free, easy to use, easy to send, and if you record in a quiet place the sound quality is good.
Chirbit - Chirbit is a useful and fun tool that enables you to record, upload, and share your voice or audio files easily. Record your voice using a webcam or microphone connected to your computer, or upload an existing audio file.
Microphones and audio capture devices
You don't necessarily have to buy a microphone, recording in a quiet place or a padded area can suffice. But if you want your voice to sound like melted caramel, these microphones are highly rated.
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