Audacity Reviews

Worthless

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OK, It can open a couple of audio files, but it has the crappiest user interface I've ever seen for an 'Editing' app.

Thumbsdown.

[Edited by rikskepatat, September 30]

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Great for beginners and quick tasks

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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.

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These days, the only thing Audacity has going for it is that its open source. Its a shame I haven't found an open source competitor to really step up to the plate.

The interface is clunky and clashes with most modern OS theming designs (I personally think Audacity's design fits best in MacOS Tiger from 2005 https://screenshots.en.sftcdn.net/en/scrn/21000/21255/audacity-16.jpg )

Some other complaints: No smart snapping, you have to eyeball pretty much everything. Uses an ancient version of ffmpeg on Windows, which I understand why you have to download, but they have you download from a very sketchy looking website.

And some compliments: It has a lot of good effects that I am happy are in audacity, overall it has a good set of features.
Also stable. I haven't had it crash on me yet.

So I am rating this two stars because I'm using a dark GTK and KDE theme, which means my text is white, but the settings in audacity are also white. I can't see the text. I also can't see some other options because... like I said theming is bad. There is no simple fix besides switching to a theme that uses black text.
I will be using Ocenaudio.

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Great program for something that is free, although I did have a hard time trying to do what I wanted to and found it just a bit too complicated for my taste.

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The 2nd best audio program I know!

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Audacity is one of the best sound editors for beginners and is still great for advanced music makers.

It's much cheaper than other programs and has tons of effects to play around in.

Waveform editing couldn't get any better!

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It's the best sound editor, which can throw down a challenge to Adobe Audition.

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Good for most audio editing. If you are a professional you'll probably need something paid.

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Because it's free and is as comparable as adobe audition

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Just oldschool piece of shit. Trying to use it from 2005 and still it ugly and stupid. Even simple recording.

Don't recommend to anyone. Don't waste your time.

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It's the best sound editing software, and it's FOSS.

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Perfect

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I love how intuitive the interface is and the many functions it offers. Definitely a freeware to recommend.

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Good for what I need

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I've used Audacity for a number of years now, the only drawback for me is that when you're recording an LP you have to export the tracks as individual files, then use a seperate CD burning program to reconstruct the album with the original running order. Otherwise it's a good basic recording program.

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Reliable Program

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I use a Mac for audio editing and in my honest opinion I'd rather use Audacity.

GarageBand works well but I find it cumbersome and a bit harder to locate the features I need.

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Audacity gets the job done

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I can't afford (nor do I need) a Digital Audio Workstation and Virtual Studio Technology. For the relatively simple things I do, Audacity (and Fission, for simple editing of audio already in digital format) get the job done. Sure, Audacity's interface could be better, but I'm not one to criticize a freeware project which produces a useful, relatively bug-free product. I now do some work for non-profits, where dollars are always in short supply, so it's nice to have a piece of free software that can help me get those jobs done at no cost.

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