Audacity

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 791 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.1
  • Total Downloads:
    6,101,620
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 21, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Audacity provides you with a full set of tools that you can use to edit audio files and add effects through a clear and accessible interface. Users of all experience levels will benefit from this app's intuitive interface and nice list of features.

Pros

Excellent resources: Despite the clarity of the interface, it can take some time to learn your way around this program. Fortunately, the app comes with links to a large collection of different types of resources to help you learn how to use all of its features. There is a Quick Help Guide, a full Manual, a Wiki, and user Forums where you can ask questions and get feedback from other users. All online resources for this app are searchable as well, so you can find what you're looking for fast.

Lots of effects: The list of effects you can use on your audio files through this program is long and comprehensive. It includes items like Amplify, Auto Duck, Compressor, Hard Limiter, Leveler, and many more. You can also record your own voice directly through the app to add into an existing recording.

Cons

Additional downloads: You can import and export files in multiple formats through this app. But in order to access the full range of file format options, you have to download and install several additional programs.

Bottom Line

Audacity is a versatile and comprehensive audio editing program. It runs smoothly, and the number of Help resources it comes with makes it a good choice for users of all experience levels. It is also completely free to download and use.

 
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User Reviews
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4 stars

"A good free app"

July 27, 2015  |  By Randomuser33

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.5

Pros

It works great for a free app

Cons

It takes a while to get used to it.

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1 stars

"Can't multi-track record right with new 2.0.6 version!"

March 01, 2015  |  By butch.ammon

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.6

Pros

It USED to be good... :(

Cons

I don't know what they did with the Windows 7 version of Audacity, version 2.0.6 but it won't let me multi-track record anymore! :(
Track 1: Drum machine - records perfectly fine, no problems...
Track 2: Rhythm guitar - records simultaneously as Track 1 is playing (listen to Track 1 through headphones)

Play back both tracks...
Track 1 - perfect.
Track 2 - cuts in and out, is all choppy, etc... :(

Mute Track 1 and delete Track 2.
Re-record Track 2 all by itself with no backing track/drum machine.
Track 2 - perfect.

Unmute Track 1 and play back both Track 1 and Track 2
Both tracks are fine, but horrendously out of sync, out of rhythm, etc..

Summary

I guess you could try to record each track separately with no other tracks playing as accompaniment. And then spend hours and hours, days, weeks, painstakingly trying to get all the tracks in sync with one another. Pfffftttt... My summary: Uninstall Audacity and don't bother with it until they fix it. :(

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1 stars

"Despicable an dangerous bundled "free"software"

February 02, 2015  |  By Viridum

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.6

Pros

I have used it for years, great tool.. Since SourceForge took over: IF you can live with being hacked, raped and violated by trojan horses, spyware etc then get it.

Cons

No cons except "hahaha!" that they have bundled it with some dirty nasty trojan horses, spyware, rapeware etc. You have been warned.

Summary

Sourceforge have totally sold out to some East European Cyber Criminals and ALL software coming from sourceforge site and other related sites have broken all ethics regarding free opensource software. It's RapeWare at best. I'm wondering if it's been taken over by Microsoft or other organ that are fighting free opensourcesoftware.

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1 stars

"Tried to download audacity, and got hijacked. :("

December 18, 2014  |  By Clickherenow

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.6

Pros

Didn't open it, because was afraid It could be compromised.

Cons

Hijacker search engine software installed to my computer (Vosteran.com) after installing Audacity from the Audacity site. Installed on my primary browser, redirecting me to use their search engine which gives a list of affiliate sponsored links as results, installing an ad-on to my browser, opening several pop-up windows, changing default settings to default to their page without prompting permissions, and also seemed to be running my system memory at about 95% from around 25-30% with normal usage.

Summary

It may be free, but at what cost. Uninstall.

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1 stars

"Over complex and not free"

December 14, 2014  |  By bigkeeko

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.6

Pros

None, none at all.

Cons

Installs, in spite of a custom install and unchecking the discreet add ons a load of old tosh onto your machine.

Summary

Uninstalled. Simple as that.

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4 stars

"great tool and free as well"

November 17, 2014  |  By incredible_hulk

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.6

Pros

does the job perfectly, use it to edit my music files

Cons

a little complicated for non PC experts

Summary

a good program but interface ease of use could be improved

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5 stars

"They had the Audacity to make it, and free at that!"

June 22, 2014  |  By Seanster63

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.5

Pros

East to use, able to export sound files to other folders, and a whole lot more like adding effects.

Cons

I can't think of any.

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5 stars

"Great software, makes home recordings easy to edit!"

May 24, 2014  |  By krgentile

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.5

Pros

I found it very intuitive and easy to use.

Cons

Haven't found any yet.

Summary

If you are doing light to medium home editing, get this software and save your money.

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4 stars

"Excellent Superb:"

May 05, 2014  |  By Troxup

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.5

Pros

Easy to Use: Works fast: Makes a Real noticeable change to Old Vinyl Recordings

Cons

One file at a time to work on, but maybe the Project way--as I don't use that one:

Summary

It's Free: It's Fast: Has Many Options: Love it:

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1 stars

"Good product but virus-laden 3rd party add-ons"

April 12, 2014  |  By acc345

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.5

Pros

Easy to create karaoke songs from existing tracks. Good instructions. Audacity itself appears to be virus-free.

Cons

Limited usefulness and virus danger if you want to use mp4 or sound files other than mp3, Audacity directs you to a 3rd-party add-on that is virus-laden. My anti-virus software warned me of a Trojan virus that came along with the software download. 3 or 4 additional executables came with the 3rd-party download. No way. I removed Audacity and all associated software from my computer. I'll try Sony. Never again.

Summary

Audacity isn't responsible for 3rd-party software, but, at a minimum, they should not send users to add-ons that include malware.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.1
  • The most visible new feature is scrubbing and seeking , including backwards play. Updates to Quick-Play also help with finding a precise position in the audio.
  • You can now install plug-ins without restarting Audacity or add and remove any effect or generator from the menus.
  • Over 50 bugs have been addressed with this release. Edits are now processed much faster in longer projects of a few hours duration.
  • Effects now have presets. A new Limiter replaces the Hard Limiter effect. There's a new version of Vocal Removal, a cross-fade effect for combining clips on the same track and 'classic filters' available as an opt-in effect.
General
Publisher Audacity Developer Team
Publisher web site http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Release Date July 15, 2015
Date Added July 21, 2015
Version 2.1.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 24.02MB
File Name audacity-win-2.1.1.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,101,620
Downloads Last Week 7,547
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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