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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.

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OS:Windows Mac Linux
Version:2.3.0 / 2.3.1 Alpha
Released:Oct 9,2018
File size:25.5MB
9.0/10
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Latest version

2.3.0 / 2.3.1 Alpha (October 9, 2018)




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Download Audacity 2.3.0 Windows  [25.5MB]  [Win]

Download Audacity 2.3.0 Mac  [34.2MB]  [Mac]

Download Audacity 2.2.2 Linux  [7.8MB]  [Linux]




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Download Audacity 2.3.0 Portable Windows  [12.3MB]  [Win]  [Portable]

Download Audacity 2.3.1 Alpha Portable Windows  [7.8MB]  [Win]  [Portable]

Download Audacity 2.3.1 Alpha Mac  [29.2MB]  [Mac]

Download Audacity 2.3.0 Experimental Linux  [9.9MB]  [Linux]




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Supported operating systems

WinWindows MacMac OS LinuxLinux




License

Free software



Version history / Release notes / Changelog


2.3.0

Changes since version 2.2.2:

Improvements

* New feature - "Punch and Roll Recording".
* Pinned-play-head can now be repositioned by dragging
* Play-at-Speed now can be adjusted whilst playing.
* Toolbars controlling volume and speed can now be resized for greater precision
* Macros (formerly 'Chains') substantially extended
* New Macro palette
* Macros can be bound to keyboard keys
* New commands
* New 'Tools' menu
* New 'Scriptables' commands
* Nyquist gains AUD-DO command
* Nyquist effects are now translatable and translated
* More dialogs have help buttons now
* Increased legibility of trackname display
* Half-wave option for collapsed tracks
* Sliding Stretch
* Dialog (option) for entering labels

See also: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/New_features_in_Audacity_2.3.0

Bug Fixes

Over 90 bugs in 2.2.2 fixed, including:

* Windows: Queen Mary 1.7.1 Vamp plug-ins crash Audacity on opening Plug-in Manager - bug #1244
* Inconsistent behavior when recording with a selection defined - bug #1839
* Ctrl + M does not open label for editing - bug #1852
* Vertical Zoom in by clicking in the vertical Scale, or context menu, in waveform views is inconsistent - bug #1810
* Deletion of all tracks cannot be undone - bug #1845
* Timer Record with a selection present can get a truncated recording with data loss - bug #1851
* Duplicate shortcuts can be created - bug #1786
* Labels longer than 260 characters are now supported - bug #1905
* Using Spectrogram Settings in TCP or using Preferences causes Audacity to reset Project Rate to default rate in Quality Preferences - bug #1977
* Cut Preview should play all selected/sync-locked tracks, respecting Mute/Solo during preview - bug #231

See also: https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Release_Notes_2.3.0

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3. Known Issues in 2.3.0:

For known issues in 2.3.0 please see:
https://wiki.audacityteam.org/wiki/Release_Notes_2.3.0/Issues


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All features


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.

Recording
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.
Editing
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.
Accessibility
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.
Effects
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:
Echo
Phaser
Wahwah
Paulstretch (extreme stretch)
Reverse
Truncate Silence
Run "Chains" of effects on a project or multiple files in Batch Processing mode.
Plug-ins
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.
Analysis
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.




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It has been a long time I have been using Audacity and then it was working very fine especially upto 2.2.0 version but now the latest version of 2.3.0 is not working at all as it crashes at time of opening the exe file showing that not a valid Win32 application, so is now Audacity stop supporting WinXP at all.

Review by parag on Oct 2, 2018 Version: 2.3.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 5/10




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Review by Pollux on Jul 14, 2018 Version: 2.2 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




It might not be as pretty as recent audio editing software, but this is still my go-to audio package for vinyl ripping, basic editing and track splitting.
It's easy to use, stable and well supported. The basic 'Effects' work well enough, and you can supplement them with powerful third party plug-ins.
The 'Chains' scripting interface could be a little easier to use for newbies though.
Kudos to the developers.


Review by AlanC on Aug 15, 2017 Version: 2.1.3 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Excelente editor de áudio!
Os usuários mais novos poderão achar dificuldades na operação, mas com o tempo os comandos tornar-se-ão simples.


Review by Eneas on Jul 22, 2017 Version: 2.1.3 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




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 http://lame.buanzo.org/


Review by AlanHK on Oct 1, 2014 Version: 2.06 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10


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