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Key Details of Audacity

  • Record, digitize, import, export, edit, combine, preview, and analyze multi-track sound files
  • Last updated on 07/03/20
  • There have been 2 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on Mac

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff May 18, 2015

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.4.2

  • Easy configuration reset: A new command has been added to the Tools menu: Tools > Reset Configuration. This resets your Audacity configuration, preferences, export settings and toolbars, to default settings.
  • MP3 exports and imports without padding: Audacity now supports LAME's gapless playback info, allowing MP3s to be exported and imported without additional padding. Other applications that support the LAME tag, for example audio player applications, will be able to read MP3 files exported by Audacity without the padding.
  • Over 30 bugs fixed.

General

Release July 3, 2020
Date Added July 3, 2020
Version 2.4.2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 7,294,048
Downloads Last Week 1,291
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Developer's Description

Audacity is an open source, cross-platform audio editor and recorder. Audacity can record and play sounds and import and export WAV, AIFF, MP3, and OGG files. Edit your sounds using cut, copy, and paste features (with unlimited undo functionality), mix tracks, or apply effects to your recordings. Audacity also has a built-in amplitude-envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode, and a frequency-analysis window for audio-analysis applications.