Audacity

Download Editors' Rating:
5
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Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 786 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0.3
  • Total Downloads:
    5,767,635
  • Date Added:
    January 22, 2013
  • File Size:
    21.83MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,991
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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 21 votes

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    4.2

    out of 786 votes

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    • 4 star 196
    • 3 star 62
    • 2 star 24
    • 1 star 59
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4 stars

"Free and Easy"

November 29, 2013  |  By KSFiddler

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

Easy to use. If you cannot figure it out, ask a friend who is tech-savvy to help you with a few basics. Excellent cut/paste capability. Excellent dynamic range compression. Many features in this ever-developing opensource software. Make certain you download all the available plugins, especially the LAME dll for exporting mp3s. Pretty powerful software, and FREE!

Cons

Some of the features aren't very easy for the novice. Reverb utility could be less complicated. EQ tweaking utility is pretty weak and leaves some annoying digital noise.

Summary

Would not use for recording live music or portable studio. Use something like Studio One, Cakewalk or Sonar for recording and effects modelling. Use Audacity for cut/paste, file format conversion and compression, audio compression, normalization and amplification and final editing.

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4 stars

"Solid product that works"

October 29, 2013  |  By cusmx5

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

I'm a novice at this, so was able to do what I needed very quickly.

Cons

Pretty complicated subject, but maybe it has to be that way?

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5 stars

"Excellent program."

October 25, 2013  |  By Bkess

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

Easy to learn and easy to use.
Does everything I want it to
The price is right!

Cons

None that I found

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1 stars

"Not working in my windows 7 pc :-("

October 04, 2013  |  By santhosh_mech18

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

Not working...

Cons

Not working...

Summary

installed in my windows 7 PC...
also copied the lame_enc.dll file separately to the file location.
But when I drag mp3 files into audacity window, it shows the curves flat... no music is playing.. fully silent when I press play button. Tried with several files but not working. Please help.

Updated on Oct 4, 2013

Hi guys... I have found a solution for my problem through a discussion forum... Thanks... The software is really great :-)

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3 stars

""Best audio editor""

October 01, 2013  |  By alexpeter211

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

Supports almost all audio formats. Provides features like noise reduction, mixing, cropping, cross fading and have effects like fade, modulation, tempo and reverse

Cons

take hours to get know if you're new to editing audio files

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5 stars

"Does a great job and easy to navigate"

September 22, 2013  |  By darrellvickers

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

Easy user interface.

Cons

Wish that it used the cursor keys to move left and right and mouse scroll to expand/contract time.

Summary

Excellent product with features surmounting shortcomings.

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4 stars

"Nice software for voice overs on videos"

August 21, 2013  |  By Pcproguy

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

doesnt clutter up the tray and toolbar
the past update crashed and is now fixed!

Cons

not very intuitive hard to figure out

Summary

this is a good program for voice over work for youtube and whatnot i suggest this to anyone who wants to record audio and edit ;)

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5 stars

"Audacity is an EDITOR not a DAW."

August 16, 2013  |  By itsonlyrick

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

1-This is a very flexible program and works with surgical precision and detail .
2-You Can edit within each of the limitless numbers of tracks.
3-It's Certainly cost effective.
4-There doesn't seem to be anything else comparable for doing finely detailed work.
5-It's as easy to use as a word processor, select and execute.

Cons

1-Older versions can crash when recording.
2-I would not recommenced as a DAW.

Summary

I've been using Audacity on almost a daily basis for at least five years. I therefore consider myself qualified to pass judgment. The fact that I'm using it so much should tell you I'm happy with it. First I'll start with my opinion of the critics. Simply put; they don't know what they're talking about. If you understand what Audacity actually is and truly know how to use it, you'll realize it is a very flexible and precise tool for EDITING audio files. It is NOT a DAW. Audacity is capable of recording and producing mix-downs; but that is only a side benefit, and a very weak one. In the past I've recorded with it and had crashes in the middle of projects. That is very aggravating. I currently use an actual DAW for recording. Now to explain the real virtue of Audacity. Once you have recorded material that needs to be edited (EDIT the operative word), Audacity can be used with SURGICAL PRECISION. Some say it's not intuitive. I dispute that. If you approach it as an audio word processor, it's very easy to understand. All actions are pretty much selection and execution. Navigation is extremely easy. The wave form graphic is sharp and clear even when zoomed all the way out. You can work with an unlimited number of tracks and edit within individual tracks. All the tools you need are included. The detail is incredible. You can easily remove or modify a half of syllable or even a click. I use Audacity for almost everything needed in assembling my radio show and spot productions. I'm also using it to edit an audio book I recorded for an author friend who is not a professional speaker. With Audacity I'm easily able to polish the read to a very professional degree. Removing unnecessary audible breaths is a snap. In my radio production, Audacity gets used to place my own voice into brief previews of the old time radio shows I present. My voice replaces an original character as a novelty in the show's promotion. I have not found another software program which approaches the capability and precise detail of Audacity for audio editing. I think of Audacity as being the "word processor" and "photo-shop" of sound.

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3 stars

"Works if you can figure out how"

August 05, 2013  |  By jkingo

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

The leader, and it performs more than most will ever need

Cons

Difficult to use; not intuitive at all

Summary

The only way I could learn how to break my vinyl recording into individual tracks was to go on Youtube and find a clinic. I still can't master deleting. I have to create a track first, then disregard it. If you don't keep using this program, it will be back to Youtube for a refresher.

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5 stars

"70 Minutes from Download to Converting Cassettes"

August 02, 2013  |  By ppfletch

 |  Version: Audacity 2.0.3

Pros

Manual with links to all relevant functions
Easy to follow instructions
It's free!

Cons

Didn't find any so far

Summary

My first time with this type of software and a little apprehensive, but in a little over an hour I had downloaded and had it converting my old cassettes perfectly and with better quality than expected.

My only previous experience was editing with Windows Movie Maker, but Audacity is way above it.

Thanks Guys

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0.3
Version 2.0.3 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Audacity Developer Team
Publisher web site http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Release Date January 21, 2013
Date Added January 22, 2013
Version 2.0.3
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Audio Production & Recording Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 21.83MB
File Name audacity-win-2.0.6.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 5,767,635
Downloads Last Week 4,991
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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