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Audacity is a free, versatile, easy-to-use software program for working with audio and is available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.  It is full-featured and makes voice recording and editing music or other sounds easy.

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File Formats

The table below can help you estimate the kind of mp3 quality/compression and bit rates to use for your own applications. We also give you approximate file sizes to help you compare. For most in-class audio lectures 32 kbps will work. For supplemental recordings that are shorter in length, 64kbps-96kbps will offer better audio quality. 

FormatBit rateFile size/minuteNotes
WAVuncompressed10 MBIf the wav file was sampled at 16 bits/44.1 kHz, you've got CD quality sound
MP3160 kbps1.5 MBVery low compression, superior sound quality
MP3128 kbps1 MBThe standard "CD quality" bit rate
MP396 kbps700 KConsidered "near CD quality"
MP364 kbps400 KSlightly lower than FM radio station
MP332 kbps250 KLower quality audio, low file size. Good for recording long lectures and keeping file size small.


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Audio Recording Studio

A full-featured audio recording studio is available for students to use. To reserve the audio recording studio, contact

Another sound booth, called the Whisper Room, is available on a walk-in basis at the TLMC lab, QBB 150C.

Ripping Audio Files in Windows Media Player

Here's a link to rip audio files from a CD in Windows Media player. Follow the steps for valuable tips that will save your time and trouble later.

Get Help

– Quentin Burdick Building 150C - Students are on duty to assist you. Visit the TLMC website for information about open lab hours and services.

Equipment – Headphones with microphones are available at the TLMC, and some are available for checkout (with NDSU ID) at the IT Help Desk in Quentin Burdick Building 150.

Technology Learning and Media Center
Quentin Burdick Building 150 C
Phone: 701-231-5130

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