Audacity

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 787 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.6
  • Total Downloads:
    5,849,670
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 30, 2014
  • 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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  • Current Version

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    4.2

    out of 787 votes

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    • 4 star 196
    • 3 star 62
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 60
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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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5 stars

"Best audio recording software I have found!"

March 15, 2014  |  By alexmonte

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.5

Pros

Works great, records clearly, exports in so many different formats (though you do have to download two things from the internet to be able to export in all of the formats it lists), easy to use, and nothing else I have found compares (that doesn't include video and audio recording software. I have to say that camtasia beats everything).

Cons

You do have to make two small downloads to get all of the features but they're safe, fast and easy. One problem is recording the computer's output. You may have to enable something in your sound options if you don't have the "what you hear" option.

Summary

It works wonderfully with very few problems.

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3 stars

"Not User Friendly."

March 01, 2014  |  By jbchampjr

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.5

Pros

Great options for modifying music files.

Cons

Complicated for the average user.

Summary

While this is one of the better products. It's not practical for the average user.

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5 stars

"The best free audio and music editor available."

February 15, 2014  |  By Tollbridge

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.5

Pros

- Automatically detects computer systems internal microphone and speakers.
- Easy and intuitive user interface.
- Export sound / music to MP3 with ease.
- Does not crash or slow down computer.

Cons

- I seriously cannot think of any cons with this free software.

Summary

I was looking for a program with which I could record telephone calls using my mobile phone's loudspeaker. Since then I've discovered I can edit music, take notes, edit audio files, cut clips - basically I can do anything I need to do with this easy to use and free program. Audacity is fantastic, easy 5 stars!

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5 stars

"Just what I needed, and its FREE!!!!"

February 01, 2014  |  By whalid

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.5

Pros

Simple yet powerful
Effective
Versatile
Yields great results, which is what really counts!
FREEEEEE!!!

Cons

No "cons" really.... (read summary)

Summary

Basically I was looking for a program that would allow me to take music from concert DVDs and save it as separate MP3s. I tried many programs, some free, some trials, but none of them serve my purpose. I was actually hesitant to use this free program, but I had run out of options. It would have saved me many hours of headache had I tried Audacity first.
Using the program is a snap once you get used to it, but as with any program you're not used to, it takes a little time to learn its ways and short-cuts and it takes some internet digging to tweak it. I got stuck only 2 times, but it took just a google search to find out that I needed to download and install an "FFMPEG" library in order to be able to rip the audio from my concert DVDs! Hence the tweaking. Another thing that happened was that at irst I downloaded the ".exe" file and installed the program, but when I tried to run it my pc crashed with BSOD! I then uninstalled it and downloaded/extracted/run the ".zip" file, and it worked like a charm!!! This is something to keep in mind if you run into the BSOD!
I would highly recommend this program! Enjoy!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.6

Improvements:

  • 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.

Bug Fixes:

  • 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 30, 2014
Date Added September 30, 2014
Version 2.0.6
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 21.83MB
File Name audacity-win-2.0.6.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,849,670
Downloads Last Week 8,333
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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