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Audacity

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.1.2
  • Total Downloads:
    6,286,242
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 20, 2016
  • 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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5 stars

"Fantastic for all things Audio"

November 01, 2015  |  By EEcreator

2015-11-01 20:12:14  |  By EEcreator

 |  Version: Audacity 2.1.1

Pros

Great tool for fixing audio recordings of speeches and music.
ALSO a great audio development tool, with Spectrum analysis and tone generators.

Cons

No problems

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1 stars

"Hard to learn. For experts only"

October 14, 2015  |  By pastortimothy123

2015-10-14 14:48:28  |  By pastortimothy123

 |  Version: Audacity 2.1.1

Pros

It can probably do a lot of things IF you are already an expert.

Cons

Impossible to fully use unless you are a sound engineer. Help pages are useless. Don't bother downloading if you do not have an engineering degree.

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4 stars

"Yes ! is good"

September 09, 2015  |  By gurasada

2015-09-09 06:04:51  |  By gurasada

 |  Version: Audacity 2.1.1

Pros

Useful, fast, smart and ... free. Bravo Audacity

Cons

Too many buttons and too small . Some are useless !

Summary

Worth installed. Do a good job !

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5 stars

"Recorded My First Album With This DAW"

August 13, 2015

2015-08-13 07:05:06

 |  Version: Audacity 2.1.1

Pros

- Allows for VST Plugins
- It's Freeware that gets constantly improved

Cons

- For all of the people who rated this low because you installed this software and got unwanted 3rd party software, ensure you are not just clicking "ok" or "next" on everything you see when installing this program. Otherwise you will install unwanted 3rd party software. Just click "no" or "Don't Accept" on those when prompted to install anything other than the program you want and you will be fine.

- If you ever upgrade your OS, make sure that your VST Plugins work in that new OS otherwise Audacity will crash when you attempt to run that plugin or whenever you scan for ones that you newly added. I found this out when I went from XP to 7.

Summary

A simple DAW that is less complex as many others out there. You can't beat the price of free for a piece of software that can ultimately accomplish the same thing that other DAW's can as well.

Updated on Aug 13, 2015

By the way Audacity is an Editing tool that can be used in conjunction with a DAW and not a DAW itself. My mistake on calling it a DAW.

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4 stars

"A good free app"

July 27, 2015  |  By Randomuser33

2015-07-27 05:35:49  |  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

2015-03-01 13:07:40  |  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

2015-02-02 05:50:14  |  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

2014-12-18 19:15:24  |  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

2014-12-14 08:11:54  |  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

2014-11-17 06:35:46  |  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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.1.2
  • New option ‘Spectral Reassignment’. This algorithm deduces a ‘finer’ spectrogram for vocal work.
  • Improvements to Pitch (EAC) – cleaner (sharper) display.
  • Spectrogram Settings are now available per-track.
General
Publisher Audacity Developer Team
Publisher web site http://web.audacityteam.org/
Release Date January 20, 2016
Date Added January 20, 2016
Version 2.1.2
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 25.27MB
File Name audacity-win-2.1.2.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,286,242
Downloads Last Week 8,394
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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