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Audacity Review

Felix Cheng

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Audacity is the premier free audio recording and editing software currently to have ever existed. It is freely distributed as open source software that anybody can use. With the removal of Windows' sound recorder, there opened up a huge need for a free audio recording solution and the team behind Audacity took up that challenge.

Audacity is able to record live audio from your microphone or other sources, covert tapes and records to mp3s or digital CDs, Edit OGG Vorbis, MP3 and Wave files (among others).

More of what Audacity can do include a long list of editing tools. You're able to cut, copy, paste, splice and mix sounds together. Changing the pitch of your voice or other recording has never been easier; Audacity has an unlimited undo and redo history, making it extremely easy to correct mistakes. This application is also a pro at editing very large files such as recordings over several hours.

Among some of the effects Audacity can apply to your sound files: you can remove static and hiss noises, alter the frequencies and apply equalization. The adjustment tools can change the volumes with the compressor, amplify and normalize effects.

In addition to the many effects and tools already built-in to Audacity, the developers have also opened the program up to plug-ins which are freely available across the Internet.

And as always, you can save your finished audio files with a range of different qualities such as editing 16-bit, 24-bit and 32-bit samples and create recordings of up to 96 kHz. Mixing tracks with different sampling rates is no problem: Audacity will equalize and compensate.

Audacity can convert mp3 to ringtone, apply effects to music, edit audio, convert audio and record audio.

Audacity features and highlights:
  • 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
  • Record multiple channels at once
  • Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during and after recording
  • 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

Audacity is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from sound/audio recorders without restrictions. Audacity 2.1.2 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).

This audio editor software is filed under:

  • Audacity Download
  • Freeware Sound/Audio Recorders
  • Software Reviews
  • Open source and GPL software

Compatibility with this audio editor software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Sourceforge.

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