Audacity for Mac

Audacity for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.4
  • Total Downloads:
    279,068
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 07, 2013
  • Price:
    Free

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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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.4

- Keyboard Preferences: Shortcuts for Generators, Effects and Analyzers were not exported. All imported shortcut changes were discarded.
- Equalization curves were corrupted in Graphic EQ mode after switching to/from Draw Curves or after running the effect then reopening it.
- Change Pitch displayed corrupted values when reducing pitch or editing "from" Frequency. Detection was very inaccurate at high sample rates.
- Bass Boost no longer clips if the track contains 32-bit audio.
- Auto Duck was excessively slow on older machines.
- (Windows) Exported MP3 comments tags were not seen by Windows programs.
- (Windows and OS X) Audacity crashed if you used system quit before file import was complete.
- (Linux) Equalization crashed Audacity if the XML file was corrupted.
- (Linux) When configuring effect parameters in "Edit Chains", "Preview" (not intended to be functional) caused a crash.
- (Linux) LICENSE.txt and README.txt were wrongly installed in /usr/local/share/doc instead of /usr/local/share/doc/audacity/ .
- Accessibility: ENTER did not toggle selectedness of a label track unless a label was selected.
- Numerous other interface fixes.
- New "Reverb" effect to replace GVerb, based on the original "Freeverb".
- New View > Go to Selection Start and Go to Selection End commands.
- New "Align End to End" command to append existing tracks to each other.
- Change Tempo now supports fractional BPM.
- Plot Spectrum now supports FFT sizes up to 65536.
- WAV files now support "Album Title", "Track Number" and "Genre" LIST INFO tags and also support ID3 tags.
- Handle a bug in older iPods or some OS X applications that cause them to refuse AIFF files whose metadata contains an uneven number of characters,
- (Windows) Added support for "Windows WDM-KS" host which can provide very low latencies if you reduce "Audio to Buffer" in Recording Preferences.
- (Windows Vista and later) You can now record computer playback by choosing the new "Windows WASAPI" host in Device Toolbar then a "loopback" input.
- (Windows and Mac OS X): VST scanning dialog now replaced with a dialog for choosing which VST effects to load.
- (Linux) CTRL + ALT can now be used to smooth samples in Draw Tool.
- Modules Preferences replaced with a dialog on launch of Audacity enabling you to choose which modules to load.
General
Publisher Audacity Developer Team
Publisher web site http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Release Date September 07, 2013
Date Added September 07, 2013
Version 2.0.4
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 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.4
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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