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Audacity Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Audacity for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is WavePad, which is free. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Audacity and loads of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Audacity are Ocenaudio, Adobe Audition, MixPad and Reaper.

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

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire

    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableWavePad can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsWavePad support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    WavePad vs Audacity opinions
    Most users think WavePad is a great alternative to Audacity.

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

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

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    Cannot mix more than one track

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

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  2. 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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightOcenaudio consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsOcenaudio support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ PortableOcenaudio can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Ocenaudio version 3.7.19 running on Windows with an audio file open.
    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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    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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  3. Adobe Audition is an audio editing and post-production suite.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsAdobe Audition support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Adobe Audition vs Audacity opinions
    Most users think Adobe Audition is a great alternative to Audacity.

    It is less buggy. Updated interface but not open source

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

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    MixPad

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
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    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsMixPad support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Mixpad Music Mixer and Studio Recorder Track Settings
    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 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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsReaper support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableReaper is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingReaper supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    ⚫︎ PortableReaper can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ Support for MIDIReaper includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
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    Reaper vs Audacity opinions
    Most users think Reaper is a great alternative to Audacity.

    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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    Tenacity

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTenacity is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Discontinued

    The project is currently on an indefinite hiatus. Tenacity will probably merge with Saucedacity icon Saucedacity : https://github.com/tenacityteam/tenacity/discussions/733

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    Trevo525

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

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    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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    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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  7. Sound Forge icon

    Sound Forge

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    • Windows

    Sound Forge Pro software efficiently and reliably provides audio editors and producers complete control over all aspects of audio editing and mastering.

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    Sound Forge vs Audacity opinions
    Most users think Sound Forge is a great alternative to Audacity.
  8. Cakewalk, formerly SONAR, is a comprehensive audio software for music composition, audio recording, editing, mixing and mastering.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsCakewalk support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
    ⚫︎ Support for MIDICakewalk includes MIDI hardware and software support to record and import audio.
    ⚫︎ Works OfflineCakewalk can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableCakewalk is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Wavosaur

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ Support for VST PluginsWavosaur support third-party Virtual Studio Technology (VST) plugins.
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    Main Window
    Wavosaur vs Audacity opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Wavosaur is a great alternative to Audacity.

    best 4 chop loop & clips. no multi track.

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    Spek

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

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

    ⚫︎ LightweightSpek consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Spek vs Audacity opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Spek is still a legitimate alternative to Audacity, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Audacity is an audio editor. Calling Spek an alternative to Audacity would be like calling a tire an alternative to an automobile.

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    This isn't an audio editor.

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    Not an audio track editor.

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    It's not an audio editor!

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    audacity is a full-blown audio track editor, spek is just a mere spectrum analyser

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