About Audacity

Audacity is an open-source and on-premise audio editing software designed to help musicians manipulate soundtracks using keyboard shortcuts, analyze sound frequencies, and export, edit or import audio files in various formats on a unified platform. Artists can record via microphones, dub over existing tracks, and utilize the device toolbar to manage multiple playback or recording devices.

Audacity supports several file formats including WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AU, AIFF, and FLAC, and lets music producers import, edit, combine, and export files according to requirements. Studio engineers can cut, copy, paste, mix, and delete audio tracks, undo or redo actions in a session and use the audio tool to adjust volume. Artists can also recover data in cases of abnormal termination, modify pitch or tempo, and alter frequencies using filter effects such as equalization, high-pass, low-pass, bass, and treble or notch.

Using Audacity, musicians can create voice overs for DJ sets or podcasts, remove static, and other background noises from audio tracks and preview LADSPA, LV2, VST, and Audio Unit effects in real-time.


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Durgesh
Durgesh
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  • Industry: E-Learning
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Pro Tool with out the cost

Reviewed on 2023/05/11

Overall I have been very satisfied and continue to use the program both on windows and apple...

Overall I have been very satisfied and continue to use the program both on windows and apple platforms.

Pros

Audacity is a free open source pro tool which provides all of the functionality that is present in a paid pro tool. The user friendly gui and the availability of audio effects and functions make Audacity the best tool for audio manipulation and editing.

Cons

The learning curve to learn the basics are a bit steep. The tool could use some of the modern day ux design but for all its limitations, the tool does its job very well which is editing audio.

Alternatives Considered

Camtasia

Reasons for Choosing Audacity

Cost

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VEGAS Pro

Reasons for Switching to Audacity

It’s open source and free.
Joe
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  • Industry: Media Production
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Audacity is that free little program that does a wonderful job.

Reviewed on 2021/04/24

I have had a joyous experience with Audacity.

I have had a joyous experience with Audacity.

Pros

Recording software is extremely expensive. Other brands can make it big impact on your financial situation.
For a long time I have been a user of a very popular software editing program. My job requires me to have several computers. Many times I have faced the inability to install software on many machines. So I went with the next best thing. I looked for free stuff.
I was so surprised when I started using Audacity. Not only did it have all the same functions, but it produced great sounding audio. Editing was simple, and I didn't have to go through complicated setups just to get the job done. It was like it worked right out of the box.

Cons

I really don't have anything to complain about Audacity. I would even recommend that this is the go-to software for anybody on a budget.

Tyler
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  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 6.0 /10

A quick and free basic way to edit audio!

Reviewed on 2022/07/28

I will use Audacity occasionally, as it's ease of use, being free, and uses little processing...

I will use Audacity occasionally, as it's ease of use, being free, and uses little processing power is difficult to beat. It has some flaws and can use some improvements, but I would recommend it for most people.

Pros

What's great is Audacity launches quick and runs smooth on older computers as well as modern setups with no performance hit. It's a great piece of software for basic audio editing needs and in particular great for making sound effects, cutting audio clips, and adding some basic effects such as fade in, fade out, etc. The simplicity of of the interface is very clear cut and easy for beginners to the software to understand. Audacity also has a quick way of adding multiple layers, which is useful as it allows you to duplicate something you're working on, make changes to the new version and go back to the original layer and copy over made changes if any mistakes were made during the process. If you want to record a bit of audio with a microphone plugged in, Audacity also allows you to do that with relative ease.

Cons

What's not so great is no built-in mp3 export and finding out about it the first time after installing the program and you've been working on a project for some time. This really stinks and should really be integrated when first installing the program. Instead the user needs to download a separate plugin and just seems unnecessary. There should also be a more intuitive and cleaner way to search for effects, as currently it's just a massive drop-down menu with too many options displayed in one place, we could really use a menu with different categories or sections, would be easier to find an effect and save some productivity in the long run!

Tomáš
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Freeware software for audio editing

Reviewed on 2023/04/21

Handy program for fast audio editing, easy to use.

Handy program for fast audio editing, easy to use.

Pros

Audacity is free and easy to use, there is many editing options and sound effects.

Cons

Program has only destructive editing, there is no way to get back.

Alexander
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  • Industry: Entertainment
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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Audacity: Feature-Packed and Highly Capable

Reviewed on 2023/09/18

In my experience of around 10+ years of using this software, there's plenty of tools, features and...

In my experience of around 10+ years of using this software, there's plenty of tools, features and compatibility. It is cross-platform, which means you'll be able to use it on Windows and Linux, for example, and it's Free software!Audacity is great for whoever is beginning their journey in Audio Editing, and it's highly capable for other kind of users as well.Overall I highly recommend this software.

Pros

The compatibility with the different importing and exporting formats.The ease of use, it is simply incredibly easy to begin using and extremely intuitive for professional users.The features, things like being able to view and customize Spectral Views along with viewing the regular Waveform at the same time.Plenty of filters and the ability of importing your own VSTs, LADSPA and LV2 ones.Multi-Track support.

Cons

Importing MIDI is possible but using .mid files is very limited. Perhaps a little customization or a set of features to overlay midi data on top of a waveform for transcription might be useful, although it's not the program's main task.ASIO Support would be nice to have, currently the audio devices are tied to the system. Using input equipment in latency-bound scenarios can be tough for direct monitoring through the software on Windows. On Linux it may be possible to direct monitor, provided that you activate the option and set the proper buffersize.Even more advanced editing features would be welcome, although not strictly necessary.For professional use, to my knowledge there is no surround support. But considering this software is aimed at simple usage, it still provides a lot of features.

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Audacity offers the following pricing plans:

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Audacity is a free open-source software.

Audacity has the following typical customers:

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