Audacity Alternatives and Similar Software

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.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 12/1/2019 10:19:00 AM

Alternatives to Audacity for all platforms with any license

  • WavePad

    WavePad is Music and Audio Editor for the Windows OS. WavePad 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. The following is a list of features for WavePad Music and Audio Editor. We recommend you download and install the software to give these features a try. The download is free.

    • You can edit your voice, add implication and voice reduction with music and voice overs Guest • Nov 2019 Disagree   Agree

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

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  • 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. This software is based on Ocen Framework, a powerful library developed to simplify and standardize the development of audio manipulation and analysis applications across multiple platforms.

    • 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. Guest • 9 days ago 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 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's free and multiplatform. Also it's easy to use and has a lot of features. EliasNSJan 2018 • 7 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 • 2 agrees and 3 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 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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 efficiently, including recording, mixing, and sound restoration.

    • 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

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows

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  • MixPad

    MixPad Music Mixer and Recording software is a free audio production and recording software that is perfectly designed to be your personal recording studio and music mixer. This music mixing software allows you to load or record audio clips and mix them together. It is the digital replacement of using a multitrack recorder and mixing desk. Expand your musical abilities with the built in MIDI editor. Create remixes, mashups, beats as well as add your own recorded audio.

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

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  • 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 workstation software suitable for professional use. NOTE: Ardour source code is freely available but pre-built binaries are commercial free-libre software: users who download from ardour.

    • Ardour is a complete DAW, which is overkill when you simply need to cut some audio. Guest • Jun 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • it is not a proper audio editor as what audacity made for. rishabhistwalNov 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ardour is a DAW, not an audio editor fernandomanuelrodriguesJun 2017 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Freemium $ $ $ Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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. REAPER supports a vast range of hardware, digital formats and plugins, and can be comprehensively extended, scripted and modified. FEATURES: - Efficient, fast to load and portable. Can be installed and run from a portable or network drive.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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. GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac — with a complete sound library that includes software instruments, presets for guitar and voice, and virtual session drummers.

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

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  • 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 mastering, sound design, audio restoration, and Red Book CD creation.

    Commercial $ $ $ Mac 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 lossy and lossless audio file formats thanks to the FFmpeg libraries. - Ultra-fast signal processing, uses multiple threads to further speed up the analysis. - High number of frequency bands for the best spectrogram quality. - Shows the codec name and the audio signal parameters.

    • audacity is a full-blown audio track editor, spek is just a mere spectrum analyser Guest • Jul 2018 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • TwistedWave

    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 channels. You can also apply Audio Units to multichannel files, or to a selection of channels. Unlimited undo and redo which works instantly. Zooming in and out of the waveform is very fast.

    • you have to have a pre made file Guest • Jan 2018 • 2 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Mac Web iPhone iPad

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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 edit audio (cut, copy, paste, etc.) produce music loops, analyze, record, batch convert. Wavosaur supports VST plugins, ASIO driver, multichannel wav files, real time effect processing. The program has no installer and doesn't write in the registry. Use it as a free mp3 editor, for mastering, sound design.

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

    Free Windows

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  • WaveShop

    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 to be. Editing a portion of an audio file only affects that portion; the rest of the file is untouched. Blocks of audio can be cut and pasted without changing their contents at all. This is especially useful for patching a finished master without corrupting its dither.

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.0.14, released in November 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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  • 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 built-in tools such as a batch processor/converter, a file merger, a CD reader, and audio restoration filters that are expensive add-ons in other programs. Comprehensive, well designed, and easy & fun to use, GoldWave offers the best value in audio editing software.

    Commercial Windows

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  • 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 editor to a sophisticated score composer.

    Free Windows

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  • Radium

    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. - Compared to trackers, note positions and effects are edited graphically, which should be quicker, provide more vertical space and give a better musically overview. However, despite its unusual appearance, it's a design goal for Radium to be straightforward to use, and easy to learn.

    • This is a DAW, NOT an audio editor fernandomanuelrodriguesJun 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial $ $ $ Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • 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 music! Both the home and professional user will find Traverso attractive, it's clean interface is easy to learn, and enables you to work quickly and efficiently!

    • It's a DAW, NOT an audio editor fernandomanuelrodriguesJun 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Frinika

    Frinika is a free (licensed under GNU GPL) complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more. The goal of Frinika is to be a complete platform for making music with your computer, using the versatile Java platform to be able to run on several operating systems, and being open source to be able to embrace the best open source technology being available at any time.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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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 seeking - Select and loop, export, edit, apply effects to parts of the sound - Compact home screen widget for quick recording and playback - Powerful file manager with folders, sorting and clipboard - Send by mail or with other sharing apps - Record in the background when the phone is locked - Adjustable input gain, and...

    • Discontinued Developer's http://tapemachine.samalyse.com 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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  • Wavelab

    Steinberg's WaveLab allows quick audio editing and professional mastering with sample-accurate precision. High-quality EQs, dynamics and effects are included, and the software can integrate additional effects processors.

    Commercial Mac Windows

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