Audacity

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 785 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2.0.5
File Size:
21.15MB
Date Added:
December 03, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
5,758,815
Downloads Last Week:
4,870
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    4.2

    out of 785 votes

    • 5 star: 445
    • 4 star: 195
    • 3 star: 62
    • 2 star: 24
    • 1 star: 59
  • Current Version:

    4.0

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
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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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  • 5 stars

    "Download both w/o fear! Needs LAME plug-in. But works !"

    January 10, 2014   |   By HastelloyXXX

    Version: Audacity 2.0.5

    Pros

    It friggin works without tricks if you want to save projects in other file types. Was nervous when I saw that after I finished my project that you needed to download the LAME plug-in. But rolled the dice and it worked ! Was able to save a perfect, high quality MP3 copy. Dont waste your time with another program called "Free Audio Editor". You have to buy it if you want to save files in anything but their format.

    Cons

    A little un-intuitive to use at first. You would think that when you highlight something to cut or copy, that piece thats highlighted is whats gonna be saved. But its actually whats gonna be discarded. But its the opposite when your modifying sections for something like a fade out or in. What you highlight is where the effect will happen.

    Summary

    Figured it out after about 30 mins of playing with it. Saved MP3 project sounds perfect ! Was a little desperate when even the stupid, useless audio editor in NERO failed me. AUDACITY came thru !!!

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  • 1 stars

    "So hard to use and very fool details"

    January 05, 2014   |   By Maharaja_Kentut

    Version: Audacity 2.0.5

    Pros

    So hard to use and very fool details

    Cons

    So hard to use and very fool details

    Summary

    So hard to use and very fool details

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