15 years of Audacity: interview with creator Roger Dannenberg – TAP221

May 28, 2015 is Audacity's 15th birthday! Celebrate with me as I speak with Audacity founder and creator, Professor Roger Dannenberg.

About Prof. Roger Dannenberg

Roger Dannenberg is a professor of Computer Science, Art, and Music at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds several patents, has published numerous articles and chapters in respected technical and music journals, and is a musician himself. Prof. Dannenberg is also the senior cofounder and developer for Audacity.

The story of Audacity

It surprised me to learn that Audacity was originally created as an audio-visualization software, not as an audio editor. But it very quickly became a great tool for editing all kinds of audio.

In the years since Audacity 0.8's launch, Audacity has had a grand total of over 88 million downloads. Version 2.1.0, alone, has had nearly 1 million downloads at this time.

Audacity is used by voiceover artists, scientists, students, kids, multimedia producers, podcasters, audiobook narrators, musicians, and much more.

Listen to the interview to hear the full story of Audacity's creation, inspiration, and development.

Huge thanks to the whole Audacity team for their tremendous contributions: documenting, developing, testing, translating, and much more!

If you appreciate this powerful tool and everyone's generous contributions, please donate to support Audacity's continued development.

What's your favorite Audacity feature? And what new feature, serious or silly, would you want from Audacity if you could have anything?

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As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

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