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Audacity Alternatives

Audacity is a free and open source audio track editor available for every major desktop operating system.

Audacity's support for multiple operating systems while also being free and open source software is commendable, with highlighted features including the ability to correct pitch and reduce noise, alongside support for multitrack editing.

Many alternatives to Audacity have features such as support for frequency spectrum analysis, while some alternatives also support non-destructive editing, which Audacity does not.

Audacity alternatives are mainly Audio Editors but may also be Audio Recorders or Digital Audio Workstations. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Audacity.
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  1. WavePad icon

    WavePad

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    54 alternatives to WavePad 

    WavePad is Music and Audio Editor that allows you to create and edit voice, music and other sound recordings. You can duplicate sections of recordings and add echo, amplification, noise reduction and other effects.

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    1.  PortableWavePad can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  Non Destructive EditingWavePad allows you to make changes to a file without overwriting the original data, which remains available in case you want to revert to it.
    3.  Support for VST PluginsWavePad support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    WavePad Audio and Music Editor Main Screen
    WavePad Audio and Music Editor Record Control
    WavePad Audio, Music and MP3 Editor Equalizer
    WavePad vs Audacity opinions
    Most users think WavePad is a great alternative to Audacity.
    Guest

    Clear interface, efficient zoom, lots of effects and very easy to use

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    Guest

    It costs $100 to get the features that comes with Audacity for free, and the UI is a mess.

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    Guest

    Cannot mix more than one track

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    Guest

    You can edit your voice, add implication and voice reduction with music and voice overs

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    Ocenaudio

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    45 alternatives to Ocenaudio 

    Ocenaudio is a cross-platform, easy to use, fast and functional audio editor. It is the ideal software for people who need to edit and analyze audio files without complications. ocenaudio also has powerful features that will please more advanced users.

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    1.  LightweightOcenaudio consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Support for VST PluginsOcenaudio support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    3.  PortableOcenaudio can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Ocenaudio version 3.7.19 running on Windows with an audio file open.
    Ocenaudio version 3.7.19 running on Windows with no file open.
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    Ocenaudio vs Audacity opinions
    Most users think Ocenaudio is a great alternative to Audacity.
    EliasNS

    It's free and multiplatform. Also it's easy to use and has a lot of features.

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    Cknight70

    As opposed to Audacity's mess of a ui this is quite nice. Has all the effects I needed. Looks good even in a KDE environment.

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    Olorin

    A great alternative to Audacity, if you don't need multi-track editing.

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    Ugotsta

    Ocenaudio has all the editing capabilities of Audacity but wrapped in a much more streamlined, modern and intuitive interface. It's not open-source, but it's free, doesn't have ads, is also cross-platform and runs fast at native speed.

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    Guest

    I needed to do spectral analysis of an audio file, but audacity didn't support hidpi. Ocenaudio does, and overall it is capable and pleasing to use.

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    srinath1234

    Easy to use and stable. Auto noise reduction is an excellent feature not available in Audacity. But an equally missed feature is "Truncate Silence" that is found in Audacity.

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    yesdino

    Perfect for MAC users! Audacity is a WIN program adapted for mac, but is still to "win 98 style". I had troubles with the mic in audacity. Oceanaudio is very easy to use, the scrolling with the magic mouse works perfectly, it saves in so many audio formats (without putting the extension at the end, like in audacity).

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    Adobe Audition

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    95 alternatives to Adobe Audition 

    Adobe Audition is an audio editing and post-production suite.

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    Most users think Adobe Audition is a great alternative to Audacity.
    Guest

    It is less buggy. Updated interface but not open source

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    Guest

    It has great frequency spectrum analysis features, a nice display and streamlined workflow.

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    MixPad

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    40 alternatives to MixPad 

    MixPad is free music Music Mixer and Recording software designed for easy audio production. Mix music, vocal and audio tracks, adjust the volume, pan, fade and more with MixPad as your digital mixing desk.

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    Mixpad Music Mixer and Studio Recorder Track Settings
    Mixpad Music Mixer and Studio Recorder Apply Auto Duck
    Mixpad Music Mixer and Studio Recorder Beat Designer
    MixPad vs Audacity opinions
    Almost everyone thinks MixPad is a great alternative to Audacity.
    fernandomanuelrodrigues

    This is NOT an audio editor

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  5. Reaper icon

    Reaper

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    83 alternatives to Reaper 

    REAPER is a complete digital audio production application for Windows, Mac and Linux, offering a full multi-track audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing and mastering tool set.

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    1.  Support for VST PluginsReaper support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    2.  Support for scriptingReaper supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    3.  PortableReaper can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  Support for MIDIReaper includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Full screen in Linux with inline MIDI editor using REA Evolution theme
    Analog Default theme
    Reaper vs Audacity opinions
    Most users think Reaper is a great alternative to Audacity.
    Guest

    Reaper, while beeing less ressource hungry (totaling to about 15mb portable/installed) has everything you need to start recording and mixing music.

    The only thing 'missing' would be sound librarbies to use with MIDI, which most people order seperately for specific content.

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  6. Tenacity icon

    Tenacity

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    87 alternatives to Tenacity 

    Tenacity is an easy-to-use, privacy-friendly, FLOSS, cross-platform multi-track audio editor/recorder for Windows, macOS, Linux and other operating systems.

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    1.  Privacy focusedTenacity is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  Ad-freeTenacity doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  LightweightTenacity consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Works OfflineTenacity can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
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    Trevo525

    It's a fork of Audacity started when they added some questionable privacy policy changes.

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    Guest

    It is a fork removing analytics

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    Arkl1te

    Has no downloadable build release for Windows

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    stevetf

    Tenacity appears to be a dead fork of Audacity.

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    aidan_mullen23

    A good alternative to Audacity as it is just a fork that removes any privacy concerns.

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    Guest

    It is the audacity fork made after audacity was bought and started to have bullshit put in by a company.

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    argyll

    This the fork of Audacity you've been probably looking for.

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    TwistedWave

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    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, Ogg/Vorbis and ambisonic sound files.

    Good multichannel support. TwistedWave lets you easily add, remove or reorder chan.

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    Most users think TwistedWave is a great alternative to Audacity.
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    you have to have a pre made file

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    Sound Forge

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    65 alternatives to Sound Forge 

    Sound Forge Pro software efficiently and reliably provides audio editors and producers complete control over all aspects of audio editing and mastering. Whether in the studio or field, it's the ultimate all-in-one production suite for professional audio recording and...

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    Most users think Sound Forge is a great alternative to Audacity.
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    GarageBand

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    101 alternatives to GarageBand 

    Welcome to the school of rock. A Mac-sized practice space. Your own recording studio. If you want to learn to play an instrument, write music, or record a song, GarageBand can help — whether you’re a rookie or a rock star.

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    1.  Works OfflineGarageBand can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    2.  Virtual InstrumentGarageBand uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
    3.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with GarageBand, by handling note and performance information.
    iPad Version: Tracks
    iPad Version: Piano Roll Editor
    GarageBand vs Audacity opinions
    Almost everyone thinks GarageBand is a great alternative to Audacity.
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    Cakewalk

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    108 alternatives to Cakewalk 

    Cakewalk, formerly SONAR, is a comprehensive audio software for music composition, audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering. It features a full suite of high quality audio and MIDI effects and instruments and composition tools ranging from drum sequencer and piano roll...

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    1.  Support for VST PluginsCakewalk support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    2.  Ad-freeCakewalk doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Support for MIDICakewalk includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
    4.  Dark ModeCakewalk supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  Works OfflineCakewalk can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    6.  Music SequencerRecord, edit, or play back music with Cakewalk, by handling note and performance information.
    7.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsCakewalk can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    8.  Virtual InstrumentCakewalk uses mainy virtual instruments (piano, guitar, drums, bass, etc.).
    9.  Music LooperCakewalk supports a grid of musical loops and phrases that you can trigger and manipulate in real time.
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