Audacity for Mac

Audacity for Mac

Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 96 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.3.13
  • Total Downloads:
    279,068
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 12, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

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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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5 stars

"I like it."

November 04, 2011  |  By pduroseau

 |  Version: Audacity 1.3.13

Pros

easy------

Cons

need an outside file converter to make mp3, otherwise, it records and plays great from my macbook pro

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3 stars

"Free audio editor/recorder"

June 25, 2011  |  By wrbtu

 |  Version: Audacity 1.3.13

Pros

Does a whole look of useful tasks
Free

Cons

My recordings sounded as if they were made in a garbage can, with reverb & tinny sound

Summary

Maybe I could have tinkered around with it, but it wasn't worth the trouble. Re-setting preferences to factory settings didn't improve the quality of the sound recordings. Recordings of identical sources were made with other programs & they came out just fine.

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4 stars

"Works fine on my MacBookPro Mid-2010 with OS 10.6.7"

June 20, 2011  |  By JonB.

 |  Version: Audacity 1.3.13

Pros

Appears to run more smoothly and faster on my MBP then previous verion.

Cons

None that I've seen currently for this version.

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4 stars

"Works well for editing music. Have to download Lame."

June 03, 2011  |  By JRNeff

 |  Version: Audacity 1.3.13

Pros

Easy to use interface and editing tools.

Cons

Shouldn't have to require a 2nd download (Lame Codec) to allow exporting edits as mp3's.

Summary

Happy with the product at this point.

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5 stars

"Again, a excellent application"

May 07, 2011  |  By Geoffrey Dean Jackson

 |  Version: Audacity 1.3.13

Pros

Pretty much a benchmark for basic DAW work. Analog recording, editing, sound effects. Fairly flexible on types of sound effects plugins.

Cons

Beta versions can be a bit glitchy, but stable versions are flawless. Double-check the version vs. your OS for the most stable version.

Summary

For a beta version, it's excellent. I've used Audacity since Version 1.0 on the old Mac OS 9.2 until now and it's never disappointed me. It's not as flexible as Protools, but considering Protools is a couple of grand for a full version vs. Audacity (free) it's pretty darn good.

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1 stars

"Crashes on launch on MacBookPro OSX 10.6.7"

April 19, 2011  |  By lucytune123

 |  Version: Audacity 1.3.13

Pros

None crash

Cons

Crashes on launch as shown by report below:

Summary

Process: Audacity [46359]
Path: /Applications/Audacity/Audacity.app/Contents/MacOS/Audacity
Identifier: net.sourceforge.audacity
Version: 1.3.13.0 (1.3.13.0)
Code Type: X86 (Native)
Parent Process: sh [46306]

Date/Time: 2011-04-20 00:33:11.488 +0100
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.6.7 (10J869)
Report Version: 6

Interval Since Last Report: 134918 sec
Crashes Since Last Report: 3
Per-App Interval Since Last Report: 391 sec
Per-App Crashes Since Last Report: 3
Anonymous UUID: 4BD2C72C-DAC6-4B1F-BE8F-10E5244CA5FD

Exception Type: EXC_BAD_ACCESS (SIGBUS)
Exception Codes: KERN_PROTECTION_FAILURE at 0x0000000000000000
Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread

Thread 0 Crashed: Dispatch queue: com.apple.main-thread
0 libFontParser.dylib 0x94597935 TFontCache::GetFonts(char const*, short, TSimpleArray<TFont*>&) + 147
1 libFontParser.dylib 0x9459579a TFont::CreateFontEntitiesForFile(char const*, bool, TSimpleArray<TFont*>&, bool, short, char const*) + 172
2 libFontParser.dylib 0x9459743f TFont::CreateFontFileFont(char const*, unsigned int, bool, short, char const*) + 321
3 libFontParser.dylib 0x9456358a CreateFontForScaler + 66
4 ...ple.ApplicationServices.ATS 0x955d6a9c HandleOFAScalerMessage + 502
5 ...ple.ApplicationServices.ATS 0x955d683a SendStrikeMessage + 162
6 ...ple.ApplicationServices.ATS 0x955d66e5 _eOFARegisterStrike + 238
7 ...ple.ApplicationServices.ATS 0x955d467d _eGetGlyphVectorIndex + 952
8 ...ple.ApplicationServices.ATS 0x955d3b4f OldGlyphsCacheStrike(TStrike*, void (*)(StrikeSpecs const*, void const*), void*) + 136
9 ...ple.ApplicationServices.ATS 0x955ddfd7 _eGCGetStrikeInfo + 826
10 ...ple.ApplicationServices.ATS 0x955dc522 LLCStyleInfoCreateActiveStyleInfo + 1741
11 com.apple.QD 0x98ca88eb etc etc etc etc

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.3.13

Bug fixes

Interface

  • Cutting or copying from a track at a given sample rate into a track at another rate resulted in speed-changed audio.
  • Generating inside a clip could modify the clip length or create spurious clips.
  • Recorded stereo tracks were only half the height of imported or generated stereo tracks. Imported stereo files had a "1" appended to the track name.
  • Edit > Region Save did not save the cursor position.
  • (Windows) Projects crashed when clicking rapidly inside the interface or when applying repeated effects towards the end of audio tracks.
  • (Windows) Some Unicode characters could not be typed into labels, or caused a freeze using some input methods.
  • (OS X) Crash when quitting an empty project window, or when closing the main project window while a progress dialog was on screen.
  • Numerous other interface fixes including Dependencies dialog, Keyboard Preferences and spurious lines drawn on waveform.

Imports and Exports

  • Support added for later versions of the optional FFmpeg library up to current FFmpeg HEAD. This should significantly improve FFmpeg support on Linux. FFmpeg downloads for Windows and Mac updated to v0.6. This fixes mono AAC files importing as stereo, though current 0.5 versions of FFmpeg will still work.
  • Both FFmpeg and LAME should now be properly detected even when other versions of those libraries exist on the system.
  • New warning (on by default) for importing uncompressed audio files. Better error messages when read-directly uncompressed files are missing.
  • Imported ID3v2 metadata tags were removed when exporting without the Metadata Editor appearing (for example, when using an export command in Chains). Note: As a result of this fix, ID3v1 tags must now be written by exporting using (external program) and an installed LAME.
  • U-Law/A-Law files with WAV headers now use the standard 18 byte fmt chunk, so should now be recognised by most telephony applications.
  • Variable bit rate MP3s exported using "MP3 Files" were larger than necessary because using the bit reservoir was disabled.
  • (OS X) Files imported from iTunes could create invalid characters in the .aup project file, causing an error when re-opening the project. Note: An error "reference to invalid character number" will still occur if re-opening a project created in previous Betas that contains such characters. To fix the issue, open a back-up copy of the .aup file in a text editor, turn off word wrap, then in the line indicated in the error message, remove the string of characters that starts with &# and ends with a semi-colon (;).

Other bug fixes

  • Nyquist effects: fixes for crashes, incorrect slider behaviour and better support for backslashes, double quotes and Unicode characters.
  • (Windows and OS X) Processing of VST effects was substantially slower than in previous versions of Audacity.
  • (OS X 10.5 PPC) A first-time installation of Audacity Beta would hang on launch if VST effects were detected.
  • (Linux) Recordings made with the pulse device crashed or stalled when using overdub and/or software playthrough.
  • (Linux) Play-at-Speed crashed at 0.08 speed or lower if Audacity was configured with libsamplerate.

Changes and Improvements

  • Control Toolbar renamed to Transport Toolbar.
  • Device Toolbar (on by default) now contains all input and output device choices, including host and recording channels. Input/output choices are no longer in Mixer Toolbar on Windows XP or some older operating systems. New Transport > Rescan Audio Devices menu item to refresh the device list.
  • New "Sync-Lock Tracks" feature (turned on in the Tracks menu) to allow groups of audio and/or label tracks to retain synchronisation when the track length changes.
  • Equalization: New "Manage Curves" dialog for importing and exporting curves.
  • Noise Removal: New "Sensitivity" slider to adjust the noise threshold, and new option to isolate noise.
  • New "Extended Import" Preferences for specifying different importers to open specific file extensions.
  • Improved Automatic Crash Recovery with all project changes autosaved.
  • MIDI tracks can be vertically zoomed, time shifted and display bar lines. Note: the channel selection buttons are not available in 1.3.13.
  • (Windows and Linux) The window Close button and other system close or shutdown commands now quit on closing the last window. File > Close now always clears to a new, empty project.
  • (OS X) Simpler installer with top-level "Audacity" folder.
General
Publisher Audacity Developer Team
Publisher web site http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Release Date April 12, 2011
Date Added April 12, 2011
Version 1.3.13
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Rippers & Converting Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 29.31MB
File Name Audacity.html
Popularity
Total Downloads 279,068
Downloads Last Week 977
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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