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Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to: Record live audio. Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs. Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files. Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together. Change the speed or pitch of a recording. Full description.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:

Changes since version 2.0.6:

Changes and Improvements:

* Effects:
* LADSPA, VST and Audio Unit (OS X) effects now support real-time preview, save/load of user presets and saving effect settings across sessions. Note: Real-time preview does not yet support latency compensation.
* VST effects now support import/export of FXB preset banks.
* Shell VST effects that host multiple plugins are now supported.
* All Effect Menu items (built-in or plugin) can now be used in a Chain.
* Items in the Effect, Generate or Analyze Menus can be sorted or grouped by name, publisher or class of effect.
* Noise Removal is improved and renamed to "Noise Reduction".
* Change Speed has new time controls for current and new length. You can now enter the speed change as a multiplier e.g. "2" is twice as fast.
* New "Crossfade Tracks" effect can be used for crossfading two tracks. This replaces Cross Fade In and Cross Fade Out.
* Nyquist Prompt and most shipped Nyquist effects now have Preview button.

* Interface:
* Redesigned Meter Toolbars: The default shows separate Record and Playback Meters, half-height so they can be wider while docked, in gradient style.
* A frequency selection can now be made (and spectral edit effects applied to those frequencies) when in a spectrogram view. You can also create or adjust frequency selections in a new "Spectral Selection Toolbar" (available at View > Toolbars).
* Transcription Toolbar (Play-at-speed) can now loop play and cut-preview.
* Timer Record now saves recordings automatically into an existing project.
* New Armenian translation.

* Operating system and sound device support:
* (Windows) Audacity 2.1.0 requires Windows XP SP3 (32-bit) or XP SP2 (64-bit), Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1.
* (Windows) Audacity is now compiled using Visual Studio 2013.
* (Windows) Recording with WASAPI host now includes experimental support for physical inputs (up to 24-bit depth) as well as loopback recording.
* (OS X) 10.10 (Yosemite) is now supported including Apple Audio Units.
* Please report any issues with WASAPI recording/playback or Yosemite to .
* (Linux Ubuntu) Under Unity, keyboard shortcuts are not visible in the Audacity menus. Keyboard shortcuts are visible if you install the classic GNOME Flashback interface or under Unity if you open Audacity with the UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 environment variable. Audacity compiled from source will ship with src/ set to UBUNTU_MENUPROXY=0 but it will remain up to distributions to use this desktop file.

Bug fixes:

* Interface:
* Typing "j" or "k" in a label track activated the "move cursor" shortcut.
* Spectrogram log (f) view displayed incorrectly until vertically zoomed.
* Fixed crash after zooming out on vertical scale beyond +/-1.0.
* Selections made with Selection Toolbar were not restored after Undo.
* Undo could fail silently if a selection included/touched a clip boundary.

* Imports and Exports
* If there were invalid FFmpeg libs in system PATH this prevented Audacity recognising the installed FFmpeg or the FFmpeg specified in audacity.cfg.

* Mac OS X:
* Fix uninitialized buffer - this should correct playback buzz or crackle where the upper of multiple tracks started with or contained white space.
* Device names were corrupted when using system language other than English.
* Fixed crashes using (external program).
* Waves v9 Audio Units should now work correctly.

* GNU/Linux:
* Fix "Audacity already running" error when using the command-line or context menu to open multiple or further files.
* Fix segfault exporting an FFmpeg format to an unwritable folder.
* Fix silent failure exporting FFmpeg, MP2 or OGG to an unwritable folder.
* Fix ENTER activated an effect when OK button was greyed out.

* Addendum:
* The previous Audacity 2.0.6 version fixed an issue that projects did not reopen correctly if they contained tracks having 2^31 samples or greater of audio (just over 13.5 hours at 44100 Hz).

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All features / Full description:
This is a list of features in Audacity, the free, open source, cross-platform audio editor. For full information on how to use these features, go to the help pages.

Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, records, or minidiscs. With some sound cards, Audacity can also capture streaming audio.

Record from microphone, line input, USB/Firewire devices and others.
Device Toolbar manages multiple input and output devices.
Timer Record and Sound Activated Recording features.
Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings.
Record at high sample rates in excess of 192,000 Hz (subject to appropriate hardware).
Record multiple channels at once (subject to appropriate hardware).
Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during and after recording. Clipping can be displayed in the waveform or in a label track.
Import and Export
Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings. Export your recordings in many different file formats, including multiple files at once.

Import and export WAV, AIFF, AU, FLAC and Ogg Vorbis files.
Fast "On-Demand" import of WAV or AIFF files (letting you start work with the files almost immediately) if read directly from source. "On-Demand" import of other file formats is available with the optional FFmpeg library.
Import and export all formats supported by libsndfile such as GSM 6.10, 32-bit and 64-bit float WAV and U/A-Law.
Import MPEG audio (including MP2 and MP3 files) using libmad.
Import raw (headerless) audio files using the "Import Raw" command.
Create WAV or AIFF files suitable for burning to audio CD.
Export MP3 files with the optional LAME encoder library.
Import and export AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC) and WMA with the optional FFmpeg library (this also supports import of audio from video files).
Sound Quality
Supports 16-bit, 24-bit and 32-bit (floating point) samples (the latter preserves samples in excess of full scale).
Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering.
Tracks with different sample rates or formats are converted automatically in real time.
Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete.
Unlimited sequential Undo (and Redo) to go back any number of steps.
Edit and mix large numbers of tracks.
Multiple clips are allowed per track.
Label tracks with selectable Sync-Lock Tracks feature for keeping tracks and labels synchronized.
Draw Tool to alter individual sample points.
Envelope Tool to fade the volume up or down smoothly.
Automatic Crash Recovery in the event of abnormal program termination.
Tracks and selections can be fully manipulated using the keyboard.
Large range of keyboard shortcuts.
Excellent support for JAWS, NVDA and other screen readers on Windows, and for VoiceOver on Mac.
Change the pitch without altering the tempo (or vice-versa).
Remove static, hiss, hum or other constant background noises.
Alter frequencies with Equalization, Bass Boost, High/Low Pass and Notch Filter effects.
Adjust volume with Compressor, Amplify, Normalize and Fade In/Out effects.
Remove Vocals from suitable stereo tracks.
Create voice-overs for podcasts or DJ sets using Auto Duck effect.
Other built-in effects include:
Paulstretch (extreme stretch)
Truncate Silence
Run "Chains" of effects on a project or multiple files in Batch Processing mode.
Add new effects with LADSPA, Nyquist, VST and Audio Unit effect plug-ins.
Effects written in the Nyquist programming language can be easily modified in a text editor - or you can even write your own plug-in.
Spectrogram view modes for visualizing frequencies.
"Plot Spectrum" command for detailed frequency analysis.
"Sample Data Export" for exporting a file containing amplitude values for each sample in the selection.
Contrast Analysis for analyzing average rms volume differences between foreground speech and background music.
Support for adding VAMP analysis plug-ins.
Free and Cross-Platform
Licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Runs on Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux.

Alternative to Audacity:
Adobe Audition
Sound Forge Pro

Guides and How to's:
Creating .mp3 ringtones using Audacity - Read
Mini Guide - Using Audacity With VST Plugins - Read
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Note when upgrading to 2.06 you will also need to upgrade the ffmpeg it uses, which you can do from the button in the program. Or you can DIY from

Posted October 01, 2014 by . Tool version 2.06 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

fixed a number of audio tracks: noise removal, amplification, etc.

a must for free audio work

Posted June 05, 2014 by . Tool version 2.0.3 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Note: the "RC" versions are "release CANDIDATES". They're meant for testing, not for general use. See for the latest STABLE release, currently 2.02.

Posted January 19, 2013 by . Tool version 2.0.3 RC1 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

The best free audio editor!

Posted March 14, 2012 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

I have seen lots of improvement in latest release of Audacity as recently updated to latest SVN from obsolete one. Thanks to Audacity Team and all other members for keeping it improving.

Posted July 07, 2011 by . Tool version Beta using OS Other
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I have no problems with: Audacity 1.3.13-beta (Unicode) - it run ok and without problems.

Posted April 01, 2011 by . Tool version 1.3.13 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

Great program for editing large wav files into individual tracks, to the millisecond! converting audio from different fps WITHOUT changing pitch is also another great feature!
Wish a furture upgrade would include editing DTS audio as well...

Posted October 22, 2009 by . Tool version 1.37 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

I just upgraded to the latest 1.35 beta -- finally you can export directly to AC3!
Use: "Export" and choose "Save as type: external program" and then
Options: put your command line to pipe output to.
I use aften, as this: "p:\aften\aften.exe -b 128 -s 1 -w 45 -dnorm 27 - "%f"
and it created an AC3 file. Much faster and more convenient than exporting to a huge wave file and converting.
Or you can use any command line to make whatever format you like.

This feature was in the previous version, but did not actually work (in the Windows verson at least) ... now it does.

Posted May 08, 2008 by . Tool version 1.35 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

Audacity is my favorite software I have ever used, IMHO!
I use it daily for absolutely everything - recording, mixing, remixing, ringtones.
Cleaning up audio, making better wuality mp3's, "fixing" songs, you name it!

In the past I have tried various flavors of Cubase - liked it, but difficult to use.
Logic.... what?!? More like ILL-Logic! Pro-Tools & others are just too expensive.
I gave up other audio editors altogtether for Audacity, not to mention it's
Fuh-REE-heeee (and so are the effects & plug-ins:)!!!!

The "Timestretching" (called "Change Tempo") function is the best I have EVER used!
I love Audacity so much, I'd actually pay for another (more functional) version!
(Nice segue into....)

The only "gripes" have, or better said "things I would change", are:

1. Cutting/pasting/editing seperate audio waveforms in the SAME track.
- Currently, you have to "Split" audio, creating another track you have to scroll (sometimes way...) down to get to, then "Move Track Up" to realign with other audio. When you have a lot of tracks, this slows things down, and can get confusing. Which brings me to my next point....

2. Colors of "tracks" - different than the standard blue, per track (editable?):
- A somewhat minor gripe, but it would help differentiate tracks by sight, rather than reading the (sometimes long) name of each track, causing you to possibly edit/change/delete something you didn't really want to.

3. Auto-Save - editable, or default every 5 minutes or so...
- Another very minor issue, but if you forget, or your computer locks up/crashes... all those time-consuming edits are gone.

Can't think of anything else bad to say about it, except...
That you have to have a computer to use it!
Can't I just think about it & edit things while I'm levitating around the universe?!?
Erm.... 'nuff said! ;@b

Posted May 03, 2008 by . Tool version 1.2.6 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Wow - fantastic free tool. All i wanted to do, was trim a file to use as a rigtone. Downloaded installed, and cropped an mp3 file in about 5 minutes - thats how easy this tool is to use.

A credit to the developers - well done.
WMA support would be good - but a quick convert before import is ok.....

Well done.

Posted December 12, 2007 by . Tool version 1.34beta using OS Vista
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Generating audio files using effects OK, but I couldn't persuade it to record in stereo or to record in other than CD-compliant 44.1 kHz

Posted March 20, 2007 by . Tool version 1.2.6 using OS WinME
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

Works great under Vista x64

Posted March 13, 2007 by . Tool version 1.3.2-beta using OS Vista
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

I have other audio editors but this is the only one that has a unique feature. You can take any WAV or MP3 file and "reverse" it so it plays backwards. Nosy parents can see if their kids are listening to music with hidden Satanic messages recorded in reverse (grin). Or, it can be used to record your OWN hidden reverse messages in audio files.

In my first experiment with it, I sucessfully "unreversed" an audio file that was saved in reverse on purpose - the Satanic ritual music found in the 1999 film, "Eyes Wide Shut." When unreversed, you hear 2 Romanian Catholic priests singing a traditional chant.

Posted February 25, 2007 by . Tool version 1.26 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

For ease of use and value for the money (free!), this app can't be beat. This seems like the perfect introduction to digital recording; at least it has been for me. I work in the music lab of a community college and see students struggling daily with more complex programs that don't necessarily have an advantage over this one. Hail Audacity!

Posted December 27, 2006 by . Tool version 1.2.6 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

[quote]I have a pretty strong system and all I'm doing is recording and surfing the internet at the same time. And after 15 or 20 minutes of recording, it drops audio! I'm gonna go try something else now, 'cause this just isn't working. [quote]

No matter how good your system is, the fault is not with audacity. If you are recording while surfing, thats where the fault lies. while you are recording, dont do anything else, i bet you dont get dropped frames then

Posted October 31, 2006 by . Tool version 1.2.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Under 10.4.6, versions earlier than 1.3 were a bit flakey and sometimes crashed. However, Apple's made OSX a real moving target so it's your responsibility to keep things updated.

This new 1.3 version is pretty stable. I have a hard time deciding what "Functionality" and "Ease of use" numbers to assign because the app is so rich that you really have to RTFM to get a good grasp of all that it can do. However, that being said, you probably don't need every function so it then becomes pretty easy to learn the subset of things you -do- require.

Speed is reletive but even on a dual-867MHz G4 (or a 1GHz iBook) the app is very responsive.

What else can I say? I wish I could write software like this. :)

Posted May 19, 2006 by . Tool version 1.3 using OS MacOSX
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Easy to use, easy to convert to other sound formats and easy editing of sound files.

Posted April 24, 2006 by . Tool version 1.3B using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Exactly what I was looking for.

I needed a tool to merge two audio files together for a video soundtrack - turns out this was it.

Multi-track editor with envelop (volume) control and time-shift so everything could be lined up for a smooth audio transition.


Posted February 04, 2006 by . Tool version 1.2.4 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Preserves perfect quality on recording, edit - trim out unwanted parts in a click, saves high quality MP3 all your recordings! What else can you ask for? Very good!

Posted April 15, 2005 by . Tool version 1.2.3 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

The new release supports latency adjustments for syncing up multi-tracks. This is now top-notch audio software - and free! Can't fault it.

Posted August 26, 2004 by . Tool version 1.2.2 stable using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Glitches in your recording means you're doing something wrong. I've had no problem with Audacity - right up to this latest release. I use it extensively, mainly for multitracking. It's a brilliant piece of free audio software. I'll take off a point, however, coz tho' it features "unlimited undo", you can only undo the last command (you can't go back, say, 5-10 steps & undo something you did back then). Also it doesn't compensate for your soundcard's latency, so when multitracking you have to manually align each track so they all play in sync. (This, however, is a common limitation in digital recording, I believe). Audacity doesn't support midi, but then I don't use midi so no big deal to me. I've compared it recently to Cubase, which I concluded was un-intuitive & unnecessarily complex - (all those steps just to "arm" a track ready for recording! bah!)... Audacity ROCKS!!!

Posted May 11, 2004 by . Tool version 1.2.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

I've also had repeated problems with the recorder "dropping audio frames." And of course it doesn't WARN you when this happens. You have to find out the hard way - by listening to your recording back! I have a pretty strong system and all I'm doing is recording and surfing the internet at the same time. And after 15 or 20 minutes of recording, it drops audio! I'm gonna go try something else now, 'cause this just isn't working.

Posted December 26, 2003 by . Tool version 1.0.0 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10

I've only tried this out briefly but it looks and works great; much of the functionality of older CoolEdit 98 but it takes MP3 as source and output, also OGG.

Posted November 26, 2003 by . Tool version 1.0.0 using OS WinXP
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It works pretty well. The interface takes a little bit to get used to but it takes very little use to get comfortable with. It has many buit in plugins and does a great job recording(although I have had minor problems with it dropping audio frames but that only happens occasionally and isn't that big of a concern). It also has a buit in Ogg Vorbis encoder(and supports lame.dll for MP3 encoding and buit-in FLAC support is coming in the next release). It is great vaule for its price(FREE). Overall it is a great free audio editing app that is 1 level below many professional(read: expensive) tools.

Posted June 19, 2003 by . Tool version 1.1.3 using OS Win98
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

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