Audacity for Mac

Audacity for Mac

Average User Rating:
2.5
out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2.2
  • Total Downloads:
    165,875
  • Date Added:
    August 30, 2004
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    2
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac

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4 stars

"Free, quick, clean, efficient"

December 19, 2005  |  By richardc020

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

Great interface, easy-to-use, and FREE! Its simple, uncluttered interface and wide set of effects are invitations to edit sound for my radio documentaries. Its included effects are not intimidating and self-explainatory. Any student or homebrew who needs basic sound editing, but cannot afford to pay $100s, will find great joy in this fine product. It does not do complex sampling, beat-syncing, or those advanced tools, but they would cause more awe than help for the beginner. Very few free Windows audio editors exist, and none as well done as this one. Runs fast even when editing 9 tracks of 5 minutes each. Does not crash ever for me.

Cons

A severe lack of documentation and old documentation at that nearly forced me to stop working and contribute to that effort. No one reads documentation, but we all need reference for keyboard shortcuts, effects descriptions, insider's tips, and tutorials for the unlearned. audacityforums.com is the solution, but a Wiki would be cleaner. Audacity doesn't have commonalities with other audio editors, either. The keyboard shortcuts are still painful as the mouse is always plentifully required. Sources .au files are 100s of MB for mere seconds of result.

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1 stars

"Entirely too difficult to use"

October 20, 2005  |  By dreamlander

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

Not a thing, a big waste.

Cons

This program is totally useless in that it is not in the least user friendly. I am apalled that it was highly rated by other users as well as C-Net. I do not doubt that it works, but if you are like me in that you have experience using software your not going to want to read through help files to use the program. Anyone who is experienced in using other sound editors will not be able to transfer their skills here. The program is like written for martians. The simplest of tasks such as moving the cursor a few minutes into a track took several minutes to figure out. When I tried to apply an effect, all options were grayed out. Actually, most options from most menus were also grayed out and unavailable. I asked myself why, but decided it would be easier to just delete the program, and was convinced that I can easily find another program that provided answers rather that raising questions.

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1 stars

"Unstable on OS X 10.4"

October 08, 2005  |  By estried

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

None for OS X 10.4. Windows version is fine

Cons

Unstable and crashed every 30 seconds. Can't replay files that I'm editing.

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1 stars

"Audacity Indeed"

September 23, 2005  |  By belyal

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

The name is pretty cool. And it is free. This exhausts its benefits.

Cons

It doesn't work. Crashes all the time. Don't waste your time.

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3 stars

"great features, crashes too much!!!"

September 13, 2005  |  By okaysee

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

on first download, i found it was great. a major upgrade over windows' sound recorder! recorded, spliced, converted audio files easily. please note, the MP3 convertor is also FREE!!! i noticed a lot of reviews that said it was a hassle because there was no native mp3 conversion support. it's a small .dll file that u can do a google search for and put it into the audacity plugin directory. it takes less than 3 minutes to perform this task

Cons

i don't like the inability to control the new tracks. it'll separate 1 sound file into separate streams if u interrupt it during a recording. other than that, it crashes WAY too much!!! if it didn't crash every time i tried to put streams together, i would thoroughly recommend this program. well, it worked for a little while without crashes, but that while wasn't long enough for me.

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1 stars

"Screwed up my iTunes Sound"

June 01, 2005  |  By CyberSheep

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

I guess it's free... but that's about it.

Cons

It looked to be free and could be simple, but when I downloaded it, it stopped my iTunes from playing, and then when I hit play it screwed up the sound as if it were coming from an old radio. I do not need an editor that interferes with other programs!

I couldn't even save a file as an MP3, and I couldn't get it to play or record anything off of my computer.

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4 stars

"Great sound-editing software... especially for free!"

April 22, 2005  |  By skthib

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

Great interface, easy-to-use, and FREE! The clear descriptions of what certain effects do (like the differences in changing Tempo, Speed, Pitch) make it easy to use, even for beginners. I recommend this for my students who need to do basic sound editing, but cannot afford to buy expensive software such as ProTools, which does not offer its free version for the latest operating systems.

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1 stars

"Great User Interface, shoddy operation"

April 22, 2005  |  By potar

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

The interface is super easy to use, much like soundedit16, or other "wave form" editors. Like the fact that you have multiple tracks to work with.

Plus it's FREE....

Cons

Program crashes quite often, when you insert new audio (like say a loop), it creates anew track for this loop rather than letting the user control when to insert new tracks, you also can't just place audio wherever you want in a track, you have to insert silence and then put your sample/loop after the silence. Too many steps.

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1 stars

"A disgrace to Mac"

April 13, 2005  |  By randygoo

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

It seems to be one of the few free mac audio editors with the simple, rough audio editing I need so often.

Cons

I've only used it a few times. Each time I gave up because it gives you the spinny weel of death and then says good bye. In a nutshell, it was hate at first sight for me. Far worse than any comparable windows program i've used. Extremely un-mac-like. In fact, it makes me feel sicker than after a whole week of being only on my PC. Very hard to use and SLOW.

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3 stars

"Audacity: How to fix QuickTime audio problem"

February 09, 2005  |  By sanjef

 |  Version: Audacity 1.2.2

Pros

This is a great program that enables me to record analog audio from a simple tape player and convert it to MP3 files (podcasting sermons for my church web site).

Cons

It completely killed QuickTime's audio delivery system! Apple Support was stumped and was about to send me on an archive and install crusade. Luckily, I came across a forum posting in which it was discovered simply launching GarageBand apparently repairs corrupted QuickTime libraries.

Will I consider reinstalling Audacity? Yes - but I'm a little shy about breaking QuickTime again.

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General
Publisher Audacity Developer Team
Publisher web site http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Release Date August 30, 2004
Date Added August 30, 2004
Version 1.2.2
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements Mac OS X
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Total Downloads 165,875
Downloads Last Week 2
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License Model Free
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Price Free

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