Rethinking the popular, open source music editing software Audacity.

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Audacity is a free, open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing sounds. Because of it's bad usability and visual design we've done a redesign. We concentrated on amateur users and added a step-to-step navigation through the recording and editing process.

My Role
Conception & Design

Team Members
Leon Schlechtriem

Year
2013

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The heart of Audacity

The image above shows the heart of Audacity. It's the new Audacity working screen where you have access to all the tools you need. We've created some usefull new features like the overview over your waveform on top of every expanded waveform. From this screen you can also go directly into the record mode.

Choose what you want to do

In our concept we've created two modes in Audacity. If you start the program you can choose if you want to record something or if you want to work with existing music. The reason for this is that the old Audacity screen is overcharged with functions. With our new work progress you have all the tools you need when you need them.

Find your files immediately

If you choose the work mode on the first screen you will see this new finder. Here you can easily find you music files. All files that cannot be opened with Audacity are grey.

Set up your record setting

If you choose the record mode on the first screen you will see the record setup screen next. On this screen you can very quickly set up the most important settings for your recording. Then you go step by step until you have your perfect record.

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Cutting Magnifier

With our new cutting magnifier you are able to see a big part of your waveform and have a detailed view of the cutting position.

Mini Toolbar

If you select a part of a sound file or the complete waveform, you can use the mini toolbar for copy & paste or to delete the selected part.

Easy Settings

With our Audacity Redesign you have a very fast access to all the settings you need.

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Compare the new and the old version

Here you can see the difference between the old Audacity and our new version.

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