Audacity for Mac

Audacity for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 97 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.0
  • Total Downloads:
    307,104
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 30, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Audacity for Mac is a powerful audio editing tool that surpasses default OS X tools. The downsides are a dated and sometimes clunky interface and a cumbersome installation process.

Pros

Powerful and robust feature set: Audacity is loaded with audio editing, recording, and exporting tools that work in tandem with Mac's multimedia capabilities.

Free with regular updates for diverse uses: Audacity is a free, regularly updated tool with solid support from the developer. This means a solid core that works far better than some other free software suites in the same category, and a good alternative to somewhat limited tools like GarageBand.

Cons

Interface is dated and sometimes clunky: While Audacity's feature set delivers, it looks and feels a little dated compared to more modern software. In most cases this is purely aesthetic, but finding certain menus can be cumbersome in some circumstances.

Bottom Line

If you need a powerful, free audio editing tool for your Mac, Audacity is a great tool with which to start. While the interface could use some updates, you'll still get the bang you're looking for in your audio project.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Just awful"

January 30, 2015  |  By Divertenta

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.6

Pros

It's free and can be deleted.

Cons

Horrible interface is complete unintuitive and user-unfriendly. Took ages just to work out how to recognise the USB input from my amp, then took ages to work out how to set up a recording and then took forever to try and split the tracks. I gave up trying to split up the tracks after an hour just trying to get songs 1 and 2 sorted... Just horrendous software. Pay for VinylStudio and save yourself lots of pain.

Summary

This is probably suited to very technical users. For someone who wants to quickly and easily convert vinyl to a Mac, it was virtually impossible to use.

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.0
  • Effects:
    • LADSPA, VST and Audio Unit (OS X) effects now support real-time preview, save/load of user presets and saving effect settings across sessions. Note: Real-time preview does not yet support latency compensation.
    • VST effects now support import/export of FXB preset banks.
    • Shell VST effects that host multiple plugins are now supported.
    • All Effect Menu items (built-in or plugin) can now be used in a Chain.
    • Items in the Effect, Generate or Analyze Menus can be sorted or grouped by name, publisher or class of effect.
    • Noise Removal is improved and renamed to "Noise Reduction".
    • Change Speed has new time controls for current and new length. You can now enter the speed change as a multiplier e.g. "2" is twice as fast.
    • New "Crossfade Tracks" effect can be used for crossfading two tracks. This replaces Cross Fade In and Cross Fade Out.
    • Nyquist Prompt and most shipped Nyquist effects now have Preview button.
  • Interface:
    • Redesigned Meter Toolbars: The default shows separate Record and Playback Meters, half-height so they can be wider while docked, in gradient style.
    • A frequency selection can now be made (and spectral edit effects applied to those frequencies) when in a spectrogram view. You can also create or adjust frequency selections in a new "Spectral Selection Toolbar" (available at View > Toolbars).
    • Transcription Toolbar (Play-at-speed) can now loop play and cut-preview.
    • Timer Record now saves recordings automatically into an existing project.
    • New Armenian translation.
  • Operating system and sound device support:
    • (Windows) Audacity 2.1.0 requires Windows XP SP3 (32-bit) or XP SP2 (64-bit), Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1.
    • (Windows) Audacity is now compiled using Visual Studio 2013.
    • (Windows) Recording with WASAPI host now includes experimental support for physical inputs (up to 24-bit depth) as well as loopback recording.
    • (OS X) 10.10 (Yosemite) is now supported including Apple Audio Units.
      • (Linux Ubuntu) Under Unity, keyboard shortcuts are not visible in the Audacity menus. Keyboard shortcuts are visible if you install the classic GNOME Flashback interface or under Unity if you open Audacity with the UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 environment variable. Audacity compiled from source will ship with src/audacity.desktop.in set to UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 but it will remain up to distributions to use this desktop file.

Bug Fixes

  • Interface:
    • Typing "j" or "k" in a label track activated the "move cursor" shortcut.
    • Spectrogram log (f) view displayed incorrectly until vertically zoomed.
    • Fixed crash after zooming out on vertical scale beyond +/-1.0.
    • Selections made with Selection Toolbar were not restored after Undo.
    • Undo could fail silently if a selection included/touched a clip boundary.
  • Imports and Exports:
    • If there were invalid FFmpeg libs in system PATH this prevented Audacity recognising the installed FFmpeg or the FFmpeg specified in audacity.cfg.
  • Mac OS X:
    • Fix uninitialized buffer - this should correct playback buzz or crackle where the upper of multiple tracks started with or contained white space.
    • Device names were corrupted when using system language other than English.
    • Fixed crashes using (external program).
    • Waves v9 Audio Units should now work correctly.
General
Publisher Audacity Developer Team
Publisher web site http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Release Date March 30, 2015
Date Added March 30, 2015
Version 2.1.0
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4/10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 32.81MB
File Name audacity-macosx-ub-2.1.0.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 307,104
Downloads Last Week 1,935
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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