Audacity

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Open-source and on-premise audio editing software

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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(445)
Value for Money
4.8/5
Features
4.4/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.1/5

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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 11/5/2023

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

Switched From

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 24/4/2021

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 28/7/2022

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!

Joel
Joel
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Monthly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Power media editting tool for creators

Reviewed on 6/5/2021

The software is rock solid and once you know how to import and modify the content you can do power...

The software is rock solid and once you know how to import and modify the content you can do power editing and creation. this software allowed me to capture decades old audio from outdated formats and bring it into the digital world!

Pros

Audacity works across all the media types that I needed. With Audacity I was able to reconstruct audio recordings based on multiple takes that I had on old cassettes for a music project. The ability to edit with extreme precision to capture outtakes and re-assemble them into a fluid final cut was amazing.

Cons

The UI isn't as pretty as other solutions and it take time with the manual to understand how to use the software. Not a show stopper, but given how much this software can do, it was worth the extra effort to understand the basics.

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 21/4/2023

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.

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Audacity offers the following pricing plans:

  • Pricing model: Free Version
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Audacity is a free open-source software.

Audacity has the following typical customers:

201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Audacity supports the following languages:

English

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