Audacity for Mac

Audacity for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 96 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.6
  • Total Downloads:
    279,862
  • Date Added:
    September 29, 2014
  • File Size:
    29.31MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    977
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.4/10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8

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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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 Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 29.31MB
File Name Audacity.html
Popularity
Total Downloads 279,862
Downloads Last Week 977
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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