Equipment needed for basic sound recording:

  • Digital Audio Recorder and headphones OR
  • Microphone attached to computer

Equipment needed for advanced sound recording:

  • Digital Audio Recorder

  • Headphones

  • Microphone

  • Microphone stand and cable

  • Pop filter

  • Sound Mixer (recommended for more advanced sound recording)

Cornell University Library has a variety of equipment available for check-out.


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Audacity is a free audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Always make sure you are downloading the correct program before you accept it on your personal device.


Features and Getting Started

It is easiest to start with pre-recorded sound bites to import into the system, but you can also record straight from Audacity.‚Äč

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