Version: 2.4.02 Filesize: 26.84MB
- Open Source
- In English
Audacity is an open-source and free audio editor and recording software. It is available for Windows, Linux and other Unix-like, and macOS operating systems. The earliest version of Audacity was made by two college-going students, namely Dominic Mazzoni and Roger Dannenberg at Carnegie Mellon University. The students started the project first in the fall of 1999 and released the first version (called version 0.8)on May 28, 2000. The audio editor is written in C and C++, with the help of wxWidgets toolkit. The software is available in 36 languages which makes it a globally useful software. It won the 2007 and 2009 SourceForge Community Choice Award for Best Project in Multimedia. The software is developed by a group of volunteers, and is built as freeware and is open-sourced.
Other than recording audio from several sources, you can also use Audacity for post-processing of all kinds of audio by adding effects like trimming, normalization and fading in and out. Audacity has also been used to mix and record entire albums like the one by Tune-Yards. It is also used by the UK OCR National Level 2 ICT course for the audio creation unit.
Playback and Recording
The software has a scrubbing feature, in Version 2.1.1 onwards, like most of the other mixers in the market. There is also a Time Record so that the user can record sound unattended and, Punch and Roll recording – for editing while-on-the-move. MIDI is supported in the version 2.2.0 and above.
Editing is made easy via copy-paste method, and there is also the feature for undo with unlimited levels. It also has most of the features that come with modern mixer and multitracked sound software, including zoom and mono-track edit, project pane, navigation control, and XY navigation. It also has destructive and non-destructive effect processing and sound file manipulation. Adjustment to the audio speed with precision while maintaining the pitch to synchronize the sound with video or run it for a given predetermined time. It can also be used for conversion of records or tapes into digital tracks using Audacity.
Multiple Platform operation
The software can work in macOS, Windows, and other Unix- like systems like Linux and BSD, Audacity works on multiple-platform with the help wxWidgets library, which also helps in providing a graphical user interface which is similar on several operating systems.
Digital effects and Plug-In support
The software itself has a large number of digital effects and other functions but, additional effects can also be added with the help of Nyquist programming language, a Lisp dialect. The software has a built-in VST(32-bit), LADSPA, and Nyquist plug-in support. The software is capable of adjusting audio while keeping the pitch constant and can also change pitch while keeping the audio stable. The app supports Isolation and Vocal Reduction for the creation of isolated and karaoke tracks vocal tracks.
How to download on PC (Windows)?
- 1. Click the download button given on the top-right corner.
- 2. The setup starts getting downloaded. And after it is downloaded double-click on the setup to run it.
- 3. When the setup starts running, follow its instructions.
- 4. Specify the path for installing the files. Now click on Finish, to exit the setup.
- 5. The software is installed, and you are ready to remix some music.
- Free of cost and open-source
- Simple to use and flexible
- Comes with community support
- Recording directly from PC and live studio.
- The interface is not streamlined.
- Can not use it without help.
- The time between updates vary.
- Limited function for users with advanced skills