Alternatives to Audacity for all platforms with any license

  • Ardour

    Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application. It runs on GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Ardour's intention is to provide digital audio...

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    • While Ardour doesn't provide all the functionality of Audacity, it offers many features Ardour doesn't such as automation and non-destructive effects (unlike Audacity). Guest • Jun 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    • It's free and multiplatform. Also it's easy to use and has a lot of features. EliasNSJan 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. srinath1234May 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Cknight70Mar 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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). yesdinoFeb 2018 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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

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    • It has great frequency spectrum analysis features, a nice display and streamlined workflow. Guest • Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is less buggy. Updated interface but not open source Guest • Dec 2016 • 3 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows

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  • Spek

    Spek helps to analyse your audio files by showing their spectrogram. Spek is free software available for Unix, Windows and Mac OS X. Features: - Supports all popular...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux

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    • audacity is a full-blown audio track editor, spek is just a mere spectrum analyser Guest • Jul 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • GoldWave

    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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  • Wavosaur

    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

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    • best 4 chop loop & clips. no multi track. Guest • Apr 2016 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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.

    Freemium Mac OS X

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  • TapeMachine

    (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

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    • Discontinued Developer's website has lapsed (just a domain squatter now), and last update to the software was on 22 Dec 2014. It's still available on the Google Play store. I redirected the "official" TapeMachine site link to the Google Play store page for the program. Not technically correct, but better than a dead site.





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Audacity Comments

Powerful and simple

Comment by Thelle
about Audacity and Adobe Audition · Dec 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 3 Helpful Report as spam

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..

Comment by Morg
about Audacity · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

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.

Comment by munteanzeno
about Audacity · May 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

It's simple open source and does the job well.

Comment by karlblass
about Audacity · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Really important audio cutting tool for me.

Comment by Aaron
about Audacity · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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


'stereo mix' button

Comment by Floria
about Audacity · Dec 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful Report as spam

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.

Comment by endolith
about Audacity · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -1 Helpful Report as spam

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

Comment by l3lin
about Audacity · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -5 Helpful Report as spam

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.