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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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3.4.2 / 3.5.0 Beta 3 (March 29, 2024)



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Software License

Free software / FOSS (Free download and also Free and Open Source Software)



Supported operating systems

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog / What's New


Audacity 3.5.0 Beta 3
compared to Beta 2:

Audio previews for the projects are generated only on demand
Bug fixes

Audacity 3.5.0 Beta 2

compared to Beta 1:

Tweaked the Cloud flow and fixed some bugs related to it
Added a "Share audio" menu item in the file menu
Changed the timeline options button from a green triangle to a settings gear. From it, you can switch between Beats & Measures or hh:mm:ss timeline rulers, set various preferences regarding to looping, as well as playhead behaviors: "Scroll view to playhead" (previously: "Update display while playing") and "Continuous scrolling" (previously: Pinned Play Head).

Audacity 3.5 adds cloud saving, beat detection, pitch shifting and more.

Major changes

Cloud project saving
We've introduced a new cloud-saving feature that allows you to save your Audacity projects to audio.com. This allows you to work from any device, share & collaborate with others and restore previous versions if something went wrong.
Automatic tempo detection
Audacity can now automatically detect the tempo of imported loops, and adjust them to be in tempo.
Tempo detection is done via both audio analysis and metadata checking. If you want to prepare your loop for automatic tempo detection without relying on audio analysis, both acidizer tempo tags or simply writing "123 bpm" anywhere into the filename work.
Automatic tempo detection can be turned off via Preferences -> Import/Export.
Pitch shifting
You now can non-destructively change the pitch of a clip by holding Alt and pressing the Up and Down arrow keys. Alternatively, you can click on the overflow menu (...) and select "Pitch and speed...". When changing the pitch this way, an arrow in the UI indicates how much you've shifted it.
Other changes

Changes

Added an option to skip plugin scanning to Preferences -> Effects.
Improved accessibility. (Thanks, David Bailes!)
When zooming in vertically (Ctrl+scroll on the vertical scale), the zeroline now remains centered. Moving the vertical zoom off-center still is possible via Shift+scroll on the vertical scale.
Changed the look of the selection adjust cursors (previously pointing fingers on Windows and macOS, now look like >| everywhere).
Changed the timeline options button from a green triangle to a settings gear. From it, you can switch between Beats & Measures or hh:mm:ss timeline rulers, set various preferences regarding to looping, as well as playhead behaviors: "Scroll view to playhead" (previously: "Update display while playing") and "Continuous scrolling" (previously: Pinned Play Head).
Improved BSD support. (Thanks, Brad Smith!)
macOS: Changed the Audacity.app icon on macOS to fit new design guidelines.
Added an overflow menu, as well as speed and pitch indicators to clips.
Reordered some menus.
Removals

There have been a number of removals of niche features to simplify the app. This should make the app a bit less overwhelming to use, and also will speed up future development as fewer things need to be considered.

Removed the read-only mouse preferences page.
Removed Printing options.
Removed Screenshot tool. To make a screenshot, use Win+Shift+S (Windows) or Cmd+Shift+4 (Mac) instead.
Removed Karaoke view.
Removed the "solo=none" preference.
Removed timeline tooltips preference.
Removed "dragging selection edges" preference.
Removed some warning dialogs and associated preferences.
Removed "scrolling left of zero" preference.
Replaced "Advanced Vertical Zooming" with new always-on behavior.
Removed some vertical zoom presets.
Removed EQ XML to TXT converter, which was needed for the Audacity 2.3 -> 2.4 transition. It is now a plugin instead, downloadable at https://plugins.audacityteam.org/additional-resources/eq-curves/eq-xml-to-txt-converter.
Bugfixes

Fixed a number of dialogs that were able to grow too large to fit on the screen.
#2133 Fixed the playback cursor sometimes desynchronizing with actual playback. (Thanks, David Bailes!)
#3723 #5615 Fixed the GetInfo scripting command.
#5283 Fixed "Reset configuration" command breaking modules preference page.
#5389 Fixed stereo tracks randomly splitting into mono.
#5500 The Export Audio -> (external program) option remembers the command line argument again.
#5670 #3903 Fixed the Compressor effect sometimes corrupting audio. (Thanks, David Bailes!)
#5580 #4952 Fixed Timer Record sometimes failing to export. (Thanks, David Bailes!)
#5681 Fixed incorrect level measurements for mono tracks in Noise Gate effect. (Thanks, Steve Daulton!)
#5750 When exporting multiple files, the mono/stereo setting is now honored properly.
#5848 Fixed some effects failing when language is set to German, Korean, Dutch, Slovenian, or Turkish.
#5868 #1548 Fixed 8 and 9 inputs not working on keyboard inputs which have AltGr+8/9 mean [ and ]. (Thanks, David Bailes!)
#5858 Fixed Audacity crashing when making a stereo track using keyboard. (Thanks, Joe Souza!)
#5976 Fixed the "Set default" button not working in the metadata editor. (Thanks, dg-no-9!)
#5977 Linux: Fixed a memory leak in Wayland by explicitly running on X11. (Thanks, Takahashi, Naoki!)

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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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37 reviews, Showing 1 to 5 reviews


Audacity, is the first thing you install, if you are a fan of audio general.
I'm using the 2.4.2v and latest 3.2.4v, on Windows.
After 3.0 + they break into your privacy, they colecting data from your files.
Newer versions introduced audio-sharing, that for me is useless.
User-friendly, even an newcomer of computing, can get used to it like in some days (very-basic editing).
But, when it comes to pro-cutting, entering tags or mixing audio, you may must have years
on your side, using that program.
*Must have installed the latest versions of ffmpeg to open Mpeg files.
Most plugins are paid, which I find reasonable, since they are provided for demanding users and not newbies.
Otherwise, this program offers audio cutting, filtering, recording and audio export to
3 basic types, WAV, OGG, MP3 and MIDI recorded sessions.
Supports almost all of audio inputs, sound cards and brigded-instruments always with proper settings.
Audacity is exact it says: City of Audio.


Review by DVDLover00 on Mar 12, 2023 Version: 3.2.4 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10




Even professionals use it!

Review by Darren on Dec 29, 2022 Version: 3.2.3 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




The best audio editor available so easy to use unlike Goldwave & also FOSS.

Review by alex 11 on Apr 20, 2022 Version: 3.1.3 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




Rating by gdans on Jan 8, 2022 Version: 3.1.3 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10




I'd love for the developers of this excellent tool to upgrade for some new version of ffmpeg. When exporting final material I mostly use external encoders by now.

Review by serge on Jul 28, 2021 Version: 3.0.3 OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10


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