Audacity

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 791 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.2
  • Total Downloads:
    6,089,123
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 24, 2012
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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With so many audio editors out there, finding the right tool for the job can be tricky. The multiplatform, open-source editor Audacity has leaped to the top of our list with its clean interface, excellent features, and support for 32-bit floating-point audio. Audacity succeeds at being both feature-rich and flexible, while keeping the toolbar and work space uncluttered. It does this by relegating most functions--such as effects, edits, and project management--to handy drop-down menus.

Audacity supports uncompressed audio standards such as WAV and AIFF in addition to OGG and MP3 files. A full complement of basic effects such as reverb, delay, and compression are included. Virtual Studio Technology (VST), Linux Audio Developers Simple Plugin Architecture (LAPSDA), and Nyquist plug-ins also are available if you're looking to expand. Another eye-catching feature is the Beat Analyzer, which helps you peg the beats per minute of a phrase.

The performance of most functions is quick--even CPU-hogging tasks such as exporting to MP3 or adding complex effects. Though Audacity doesn't offer advanced effects or features out of the box, its usability and price set this freeware wonder above the crowd.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 12 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 7
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 791 votes

    • 5 star 445
    • 4 star 197
    • 3 star 62
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 63
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5 stars

"Functions as advertised."

August 30, 2012  |  By oldguy39

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

Easy to use

Cons

I have no "cons" todate.

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4 stars

"Right direction Audio"

January 09, 2013  |  By metchason

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

It does what the manual says.

Cons

The first thing I read does set up wrong, DO NOT INPUT FROM AMP. this will wreck your input ... to white noise and damage your audio.

Summary

One needs to read the manual to operate correctly, then it work very well. Does what I wanted in my STUDIO recording quest !! NO MONEY NEEDED...GREAT for me!!!

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4 stars

"Fantastic little tool"

January 07, 2013  |  By Riddlz

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

I was able to splice music and sounds into something I wanted to do.

Cons

There's a bit of a learning curve to it. The help files don't really help much.

Summary

For a free tool it definitely fit my needs. I basically was looking for something that would allow me to strip out parts of songs I didn't want to run and just play the portion I wanted to play. Not sure if I'll ever use it again, but if I do I'm sure it'll satisfy my needs again.

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4 stars

"Excellent - very usable and fast"

December 05, 2012  |  By AJRace

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

- No fuss - just import your file, set your selection and export it.

- Fast to download and ready to use straight away with only the most basic of learning needed.

Cons

- It doesn't support .wav files, which I was surprised at, but it did let me export out into WAV format.

Summary

Excellent, lightweight audio editing tool that it great for standard audio editing.

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4 stars

"Great free audio editing software"

November 12, 2012  |  By nrobn

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

Easily installs and edits multiple formats -- and is freeware

Cons

Nothing yet that I can tell...

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1 stars

"Pure garbage ... does NOT work"

November 02, 2012  |  By aerryk007

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

I was unable to find anything to give a PRO rating to

Cons

does not even recognize a standard .wav file. Plays nothing but "white noise"

Summary

Not worth the time to download!!!

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4 stars

"I have used it many years."

November 01, 2012  |  By phishbowl14

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

I always include Audacity in my start up programs

Cons

Confusing at times

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5 stars

"Amazing Amazing Amazing"

October 29, 2012  |  By jazzman1968

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

This is one of those programs that I downloaded with no expectations in particular, and the more I used it the more I was in disbelief that anything this good could be free. It`s one of those "too good to be true" things, except it`s true. It`s true indeed.

Cons

None worth mentioning.

Summary

Highly recommended!

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5 stars

"Intuitive and easy to use"

October 29, 2012  |  By appygirl1

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

I had 15 minutes to record an interview from an online streaming radio station. It took me less than 5 minutes to change my settings and use Audacity for a wonderful recording.

Cons

I had to do a little bit more research to convert to MP3, with an additional download, but once completed, it worked great.

Summary

Does the job.. does it well.. at a price that can't be beat!

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3 stars

"Does the job for me."

September 13, 2012  |  By tbutina

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

Does the job.

Cons

Could be more flexible.

Summary

All I wanted is to make ring tunes for my Blackberry. Blackberrys SD card reader died so I was forced to save space and make smaller MP3.

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4 stars

"I like to see if I can use it for my cassate yet."

September 02, 2012  |  By luke1942

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.2

Pros

it seem that it is useful.
to coverte your cassate for free.

Cons

it wll take me some time to learn it.

Summary

sure I will give it try.

Updated on Sep 9, 2012

I like the product. I will use it more when I sort the cassats I have and see whitch I like to convert to MP3. format.

Updated on Sep 10, 2012

I like the product. I will use it more when I sort the cassats I have and see whitch I like to convert to MP3. format.

Updated on Sep 10, 2012

I like the product. I will use it more when I sort the cassats I have and see whitch I like to convert to MP3. format.

Why I been asked to reupdate my review mor than once?

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.2
Version 2.0.2 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Audacity Developer Team
Publisher web site http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Release Date August 24, 2012
Date Added August 24, 2012
Version 2.0.2
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 24.02MB
File Name audacity-win-2.1.1.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,089,123
Downloads Last Week 7,537
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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