Audacity for Mac

Audacity for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 96 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.6
  • Total Downloads:
    274,893
  • Date Added:
    September 29, 2014
  • File Size:
    29.31MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    144
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.4/10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8

Editors' Review

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Although Macs come with some decent audio software such as GarageBand, Audacity goes beyond the Apple-designed app in many ways. The one area it isn't so successful in is its user interface, which can be overwhelming.

As you launch Audacity, you'll be greeted by a pop-up window that leads you to multiple Help files. You'll need these files if you want to use all the great features that the small application has in it. You'll likely be overwhelmed by the number of tools that are available, but you'll get used to them as soon as you start reading the Audacity Wiki. It is available in multiple languages, which we consider a great addition to the software.

Although the interface needs some work to make it more user-friendly, all the basic editing tools are available and visible at first glance. You will need to spend some time playing around with the app before you can master the program, even after reading the Help files, but we found it was worth the time investment. People who hunger for special effects will have a long drop-down list to choose from, and depending on your Mac's performance, the app will apply those filters in no time. We also liked the export options, which are more than GarageBand offers.

Overall, we liked this speedy little app, but novice users might not be willing to spend the time necessary to get up to speed using Audacity. For more-advanced users, we recommend giving this app a try.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 4 stars

    "Good for basic audio editing"

    March 05, 2014   |   By r-cnet

    Version: Audacity 2.0.5

    Pros

    free
    lost of features that (so far) work

    Cons

    user interface is a little awkward (not as intuitive as Wave Pad), but it is free software

    Summary

    unless you are a high-end audio editor, this should meet your needs.

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  • 5 stars

    "Awesome and Free"

    January 29, 2014   |   By ScotlandSaint

    Version: Audacity 2.0.5

    Pros

    Pro features

    Cons

    Would like to rip audio from a video file

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  • 5 stars

    "excellent freeware"

    September 30, 2013   |   By JoeKess

    Version: Audacity 2.0.4

    Pros

    powerful multi-track audio editor

    Cons

    no right click options or context sensitive help

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  • 1 stars

    "Useful program, but latest 2.04 update is crash city"

    September 28, 2013   |   By vdubreeze2

    Version: Audacity 2.0.4

    Pros

    Useful app for quick audio tweaking and conversions

    Cons

    Too many things went wrong in this update. Drag to icon doesn't open file, then crashes shortly. Same plugins in all my folders as before, so it's not on my end. MBP 10.7.5.

    Summary

    Wait until 2.05 or 06, or get previous version.

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  • 1 stars

    "Mac version sucks."

    September 16, 2013   |   By wordsmythe99

    Version: Audacity 2.0.4

    Pros

    None. The product would open, but *none* of the features appeared to be active.

    Cons

    Does not appear to even have all the files needed to run. Not at all intuitive as it initially downloads. I'll try the Windows version, which apparently has all the pieces in one package.

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  • 5 stars

    "it's free & easy to use"

    September 15, 2013   |   By James / Hans Kunz

    Version: Audacity 2.0.4

    Pros

    works on macintosh, easy to get going & do a recording, edits & export

    Cons

    don't know

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent Program!"

    September 07, 2013   |   By ScotlandSaint

    Version: Audacity 2.0.4

    Pros

    Many options, it's free, easy to use, very good quality program.

    Cons

    Interface is dated, no option to export a file as an "m4r."

    Summary

    Download this! It's terrific!

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  • 5 stars

    "Audacity is a great program."

    March 06, 2013   |   By PianoPlayer55

    Version: Audacity 2.0.3

    Pros

    All positive.

    Cons

    There's a learning curve, yes, but it is a very rewarding one.

    Summary

    Audacity is worth any amount of time you can make available to work with it. It will reward you amply.

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  • 3 stars

    "Free. Good"

    February 14, 2013   |   By taffytoo

    Version: Audacity 2.0.3

    Pros

    quick and easy to down load. Intuitive response better than struggling with separate download for help.
    Depending on computer expertise can be plain sailing.
    I remember using earlier version and getting used to it quite quickly. It certainly lives up to its promise to provide all you need to do a good recording session.

    Cons

    Why after downloading should you need to download help separately.
    It may be that it is windows 8 making life more difficult. But,I remember the earlier version being so much more friendly. After the simple easy download things go downhill fast. It is honest. Saying you will need another download, or other programmes will not play these recordings. Download three?? Then you struggle with how these work together. Then give up.
    OK. I am some years into computer use. But still struggling with Geek speak. Which assumes that you just cannot be that dumb. And
    I am. So unless there is access to simple English. I and others, will continue to struggle with what could be a very good programme

    Summary

    Good programme. But, makes life difficult

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  • 4 stars

    "Need 64-bit Version"

    November 06, 2011   |   By oldbigbear

    Version: Audacity 1.3.13

    Pros

    Always an awesome audio editor. Have used it for years transferring LP's and Cassette to digital format. It has all the filters that I require, and does an excellent job doing things like noise removal.

    Cons

    The Mac version of Audacity should be 64-bit, having come from the Linux world, and still use Linux on my Mac, running Audacity in 64-bit Ubuntu is runs far faster than on Mac. As the Mac version is only 32-bit. An example is doing an amplify of 30 Minutes of music takes about 10 seconds under 64-bit Linux and about 25 seconds under OSX.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2.0.6
    • better user interface for Keyboard Preferences
    • streamlining of several Menus
    • LV2 now supported on all platforms, and improved VST settings interface
    • translations updated, including adding Tamil language
    • other improvements, including to import/export and ease of installation on Mac OS X
    • user interface bug fixes to Region Restore, dragging selections, and many others
    • effects bug fixes to add missing effects to Chains, fix accuracy of Analyze > Contrast, fix accuracy of Noise Removal attack and decay, and improve speed of Nyquist effects on OS X and Linux
    • other bug fixes to Timeline after Loop Play, Transcription Toolbar, and Linux build issues
    General
    Publisher Audacity Developer Team
    Publisher web site http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
    Release Date September 29, 2014
    Date Added September 29, 2014
    Version 2.0.6
    Category
    Category MP3 & Audio Software
    Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 29.31MB
    File Name Audacity.html
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 274,893
    Downloads Last Week 144
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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