Audacity

Audacity 2.3

Free
Audio editor with sound recording capabilities
4.1  (1,062 votes)
2.3.0 (See all)
Edits audio files by adding effects and distortions, cutting, trimming, or joining multiple sounds together, changing the pitch levels, tempo, or loudness, etc. Record the audio from the microphone and convert between FLAC, WAV, AIFF, etc.

Audacity is an opensource audio editor that works with several tracks simultaneously, records streams, signals from the connected microphone, and provides wide possibilities for modifying the uploaded music.

Speaking of recording, it catches live sound as well as computer playback, and, thus, can convert tapes into digital ones or CDs. While doing this, monitor volume levels, get the signal from multiple devices (microphone, line input, USB/Firewire devices, etc.) or streams. You can set the program to record on a set time or to activate the task on a sound.

Audacity works with files in WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA, and other formats, some of which need optional libraries in order to be supported by the program. It can import and export them. It can import RAW audio files and work with them. You can cut, copy, paste, delete, splice, and mix sounds directly, change the speed of tracks and their pitches. For convenience, you can label tracks, alter individual sample points, fade and increase volume smoothly.

Among the peculiarities, the possibility to fully control Audacity from the keyboard should be mentioned as it speeds up your work in the program. The vast choice of effects makes audio production in this program easy and interesting. Tones, silence, noise, instruments tracks can be generated. You can change the tempo and the pitch, and reduce noise to get the ultimate result.

The biggest downflow is its wide choice of possibilities, which, on the one hand, provides the freedom of audio creation, but, on the other hand, asks for time to study the software to fully control it.

Resuming, Audacity is a powerful program for audio creation, but it asks for some time to be devoted to its studying, yet it is worth it.

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Pros

  • Deals with files in WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA
  • Record the signal from multiple devices (microphone, line input, USB/Firewire devices, etc.)
  • Record streams
  • Fully controlled from the keyboard

Cons

  • Requires time for studying
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