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  • Adobe Audition icon

    Adobe Audition

    Adobe Audition software delivers the professional tools you need to make your video and audio productions sound their best. Handle a wide range of audio production tasks...

    Commercial Mac Windows

    • It is less buggy. Updated interface but not open source Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • MixPad icon


    With MixPad multi-track recording and mixing software, you can access all the power of professional recording and mixing equipment through a single platform that...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android Android Tablet iPad ... Kindle Fire

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    Sony Sound Forge

    Sony Sound Forge (formerly known as Sonic Foundry Sound Forge) is a digital audio editing suite by Sony Creative Software.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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  • WavePad icon


    WavePad is a full featured professional audio editor for Windows and Mac. Create and edit music, voice and other audio recordings. When editing audio files you can cut...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad Kindle Fire

  • GoldWave icon


    GoldWave is the most reliable and complete audio editor available in its price range. It includes all of the common audio editing commands and effects, plus powerful...

    Commercial Windows

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  • Audio Hijack icon

    Audio Hijack

    Record any audio, with Audio Hijack! Save audio from applications like iTunes, Skype or Safari, or from hardware devices like microphones and mixers.

  • Radium icon


    Radium is a music editor with a new type of interface. - Compared to the normal sequencer interface editing is quicker and more musical data fits on the screen. -...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • WaveShop icon


    WaveShop is a free, open-source audio editor for Windows XP/Vista/7. WaveShop is fast, lightweight, and bit-perfect, meaning samples aren't altered unless they need...

    Open Source Windows

  • Wavosaur icon


    Wavosaur is a cool free sound editor, audio editor, wav editor software for editing, processing and recording sounds, wav and mp3 files. Wavosaur has all the features to...

    Free Windows

    • best 4 chop loop & clips. no multi track. Guest • Apr 2016 Disagree   Agree
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  • TwistedWave icon


    TwistedWave is a very easy to use and powerful audio editor. It supports Audio Unit plug-ins and many file formats, including wav, aiff, caf, mp3, mp4, FLAC...

    Commercial Mac Web iPhone iPad

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  • Traverso DAW icon

    Traverso DAW

    Traverso DAW is an audio recording and editing program which is very well suited to record a single voice, a band, an ensemble, a whole orchestra or any other source of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Last version, 0.49.3, was released on July 2014, but it is still downloadable from the official website
  • TapeMachine icon


    (last updated on 22 Dec 2014) - Play, record, convert WAV, AIFF, FLAC, OGG, and MP3 under certain conditions - Scroll and zoom the waveform for easy forward/backward...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

Audacity Comments


Positive Comment by soulrain
about Audacity Jan 2017

I love how intuitive the interface is and the many functions it offers. Definitely a freeware to recommend.


Good for what I need

Positive Comment by markradbourne
about Audacity Dec 2016

I've used Audacity for a number of years now, the only drawback for me is that when you're recording an LP you have to export the tracks as individual files, then use a seperate CD burning program to reconstruct the album with the original running order. Otherwise it's a good basic recording program.



Negative Comment by rikskepatat
about Audacity Sep 2016

OK, It can open a couple of audio files, but it has the crappiest user interface I've ever seen for an 'Editing' app.


[Edited by rikskepatat, September 30]


Great for beginners and quick tasks 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by rogerharden
about Audacity Jan 2016

I've used Audacity for a long long time, everything from editing early music attempts, to podcasts, to interview audio. It's definitely not the most powerful software in the world, but for the price of free, it does plenty.


The worst audio editor in existence -5 Helpful

Negative Comment by svadhisthana7
about Audacity Mar 2014

This program is bottom of the barrel. It doesn't even have native VST support. If you don't know what VST is, then maybe this is the program for you since you're obviously a novice with no idea what you're doing.

The only upside is that it's free. So if you're broke and paranoid and willing to settle for the smallest possible set of features and a crap interface (as it appears the community here is), this is the program for you.

Reaper (the cheapest DAW) is a better audio editor, and it's not even designed for that.


Powerful and simple 1 Helpful

Comment by Thelle
about Audacity and Adobe Audition Dec 2011

Audacity is a powerful free and open source app, but the interface is clunky in my opinion. I find Small Adobe Audition iconAdobe Audition so much better, but it's also very expensive..


'stereo mix' button

Comment by Floria
about Audacity Dec 2011

For everyone that doesn't have a 'stereo mix' button on the drop down, choose the Wave/MP3 button instead if you have it. It works in recording the live stream of whatever you have playing in? the background.


It's not a multi-track editor like Audition and many others ... -1 Helpful

Comment by l3lin
about Audacity Jun 2011

It's not a multi-track editor like Audition and many others, but is more similar to Soundbooth. (Although Soundbooth CS5 has added multi-track editing.) Anyway, Audacity is an AWESOME program. Download the 1.3 beta or newer if you have windows vista/7, and make sure to download all of the extra effects plugins at the Audacity website. As far as I'm concerned Audacity is better and faster than many other audio editors of it's kind, and all that for free!!!


It's nice that there's a free, cross-platform audio recordi ...

Comment by endolith
about Audacity Jun 2011

It's nice that there's a free, cross-platform audio recording/editing software, but it's very limited and the interface really sucks.


I used this a lot on Windows. It is a nice program that let ...

Comment by Aaron
about Audacity Jun 2011

I used this a lot on Windows. It is a nice program that lets you edit audio quickly and easily.


It was real easy to get going with this application. Even t ... 1 Helpful

Comment by Morg
about Audacity Jun 2011

It was real easy to get going with this application. Even though I couldn't mic properly, I was able to record some simple things through the pc mic. Also has filters that you can apply etc.