Audacity

Version: 2.0.5 || Release Date: 2013-10-21 || License: GPL Developer: Dominic Mazzoni | App Owner: audungk

Audio recording, editing & mixing tool.

Audacity is a free audio recorder/editor/mixer. You can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, AIFF, and MP3 files, and more. Use it to edit your sounds using Cut, Copy and Paste (with unlimited Undo), mix tracks together, or apply effects to your recordings. It also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Built-in effects include Bass Boost, Wahwah, and Noise Removal, and it also supports VST plug-in effects.

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31 Opinions

Its GUI toolkit, WxWidgets, makes it look like an ugly thing, and the releases only come about once per year, but even so, it's an amazingly good piece of software for what it is: a general sound editor, with some advanced features.

Last time I looked at Amadeus it was pretty useless. Have they developed it to a point where one can actually do stuff with it?

Find it pretty unreliable and not very user-frindly. I prefer a combination of Lame and Amadeus.

To the admin: I have an icon ready for upload. E-mail me at [email protected] and I'll send it.

@axelw
yes it will.

Will it run on Intel macs?

I use this a lot to combine various iTunes tracks or to split them. Also very useful for chopping off the ends of some songs which may have silence for 5 minutes or so until the "bonus track" is reached.
The best you can do with iTunes is instruct it to ignore (and not play) the silent part, whereas with this, you can chop it off and re-import the smaller file, thus saving space.
It's free too.

Very simple and smart. A must have for general audio editing needs!
I've been using monstrous Sound Forge on PC for ages and now it makes me great pleasure to use Audacity 9 of 10 times instead -- it fits. And it's free.

If you need an audio editing suite and have no cash, then this is the program for you.

This is a good Java based cross platform audio editing and recording application. It can crash, but mostly when heavily processing extremely large files. It is has a lot of functionality, including limited Nyquist scripting and VST plug in support. It is constantly under development, so improvements are always forth coming.

You will need the LAME framework to save MP3 file formats. Other formats, not listed, may require encoding plug-ins.

There's still much activity on the development mailing list, so I don't think this one has been abandoned quite yet. A fabulous cue-building tool for sound designers on a budget as well as a solid general-purpose multitracker!

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