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Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds.

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Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. You can use Audacity to record live audio, convert tapes and records, edit sound files, change the speed or pitch of a recording and much more. More Info »


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Audacity was added by JensKristian in Apr 2009 and the lastest update was made in Feb 2016. There is a history of activites on Audacity in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on Audacity or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.

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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.


Audacity supports VST, LADSPA and LV2 plugins


@svadhisthana7 youre an idiot. like nodiscc said, VST is supported through plugins. if you took the extra 5 secs to google it you would have seen that. instead you decided to bitch about a program that is not only provided free of charge, but is also licensed as free software. shame on you. youre the type of person whod be a humancentipad


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.


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 does have multi-track support, but yes, it is a bit limited compared to Audition. But for starters, it is more than enough.


Powerful and simple

Comment by Thelle about Audacity Also mentioning: 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 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 lets you edit audio quickly and easily.


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.