Audacity

Audacity

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Great free app for new users

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Audacity is being used by individuals as a standalone audio recording and editing software for audio projects as well as to record, edit, …

Fun, fancy, and free!

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I use Audacity to create samples of music, karaoke tracks, and piano accompaniments that we sell on our website. I appreciate the …

A lot of value for the price

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I have used Audacity for quick audio edits for radio commercials and voice overs for video.
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What is Audacity?

Audacity is a free and open source audio recording and editing software.

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What is Audacity?

Audacity is a free and open source audio recording and editing software.

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Audacity is a free and open source audio recording and editing software.

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Rob Gokee | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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As a film, TV & Commercial composer, I spend my live inside DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation) - I started my career on Pro Tools, moved to Cubase, then Abelton. One DAW I consistently come back to is also one that costs nothing - Audacity. As robust as the other DAWs are, there are often things that Audicity can do faster, and small footprint makes it easy to jump in and out of.
  • Splitting broadcast WAV files
  • Editing audio files quickly
  • Fast loading
  • More robust mixing
  • Better plugin support
If you've got a WAV or AIFF file that needs editing or tweaking, for me, it's faster to drop it into Audacity and make the changes than do it in my DAW. Also, if you've got a WAV file that needs splitting (multiple tracks in one file), most paid DAW's won't do this for you - Audacity does it free and fast.
Carey Roberts | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use the live audio from [Audacity] to do a live to 2-track stereo recording with audacity from our Behringer X32. After service, we'll use the effects to compress and normalize the audio which will then be uploaded across multiple campuses. Services will then be uploaded online for other members to listen to after the fact or used for coaching/improvement.
  • Easy stereo recording
  • Simple interface for those with minimal experience
  • Easy workflow
  • Improved GUI
  • Create version for Mac
  • Better VST integration
For just a quick down and dirty audio recording from computer source, Audacity is a no-frills solution that any user can get up and running with quickly without the intimidating functions seen in most standard DAWs. This would be a great tool to start with to record church services, or basic live performances where someone wouldn't want to use a full DAW like Ableton Live or Studio One.
Score 6 out of 10
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We use Audacity to record audio for our YouTube channel. Audacity addresses many problems such as eliminating the cost to buy recording software. Audacity is completely free and open-source, there are many other recording software [programs] that are free but I think that audacity is a simple-to-use and feature-packed software.
The recordings are clear and audio can also be edited in audacity.
We use Audacity to record audio, eliminate background noise, and also add reverb and other effects that come built in to Audacity.
  • Simple user interface for anyone to use.
  • Open-source, so it's completely free.
  • Comes with a huge list of features, [and] it also has the option to add plugins.
  • Doesn't require a large amount of RAM and can be used on almost any computer.
  • The user interface theme has only two options, light and dark. It would be better if it was more customizable.
  • Sometimes there is a lag or break when opening the software.
  • There is no option to listen to the audio live with effects while you are recording.
Audacity is great for pretty much anyone, it can be used for many tasks ranging from professional audio recording to recording just for fun.
It's more or less beginner-friendly, at the very beginning there might be some difficulty in getting to know where everything is but there isn't too much to see so getting used to the software won't be hard either.
I would recommend audacity to anyone who is starting out with audio editing and recording, but if you are doing this professionally the better choice would be to go for a paid software like Adobe Audition.
Paul Weber | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Audacity is being used by individuals as a standalone audio recording and editing software for audio projects as well as to record, edit, or mix audio in support of video projects. Faculty and staff usually create media to be used by students, often within the classroom. Some users create public facing content including podcasts.
  • Audacity is great at supporting users across platforms and is equally approachable on Mac and PC
  • Audacity gives good basic editing (cuts and fades) and recording (usb or internal microphone) functionality for free
  • Audacity has several helpful tips geared towards the novice user, including helping them to export a file rather than just save an Audacity project
  • Audacity has changed some icons recently for certain editing functions and that can be confusing for users and support
  • The interface isn't the worst I have seen but the UI isn't exactly enjoyable on Mac or PC
  • Some of the functionality can quickly feel overwhelming to a new user, pointing toward help documentation the first time an advanced tool is used would be appreciated
Audacity is great for a person doing a one-time or hobby level audio recording where they need to keep costs low or are just recording something quickly and not regularly needing an audio editor. As a professional, I rarely use Audacity myself because the interface isn't enjoyable and some features are better supported on paid software such as Audition, Logic, Pro Tools, etc.
Samuel Lyons | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I've used Audacity for a number of years to support our students in developing their skills in audio editing podcasts. It's a fantastic tool that offers pretty much all the features you find in the leading competitor software. It works perfectly in the learning environment and provides easy access to students. Its interface is simple and intuitive. Students take to it like a duck to water and it offers them the opportunity to learn the essentials of audio editing.
  • Clean straightforward editing/recoding of audio
  • Multitrack compilation and recording
  • Effects and tools--a wide range of tools to clean up and improve quality
  • Its native format is FLAC
  • Can offer a wider range of file imports
  • More advanced editing/effects
Excellent for a learning environment with students, large teams, projects that are low budget. When your team has experience working with Adobe Creative Cloud or other Adobe software such as Premier, it makes sense to use the Adobe equivalent. Additionally, for a professional team working on a large range of productions with different file formats, I believe Audacity may fall behind or slow the process down.
Tamar Weinberg | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Right now, we are using Audacity after recording podcasts to edit the output of the resulting audio file. This includes splicing, adding an intro and outro, removing "ums" and "you knows" as well as any other interference, as well as removing other unnecessary noise.
  • Open-source.
  • Community support, lots of help documents.
  • Difficult interface to understand without the help documents.
  • Some functions require the use of third-party plugins that are more expensive than the product (which is free).
Audacity is a free open-source product that does a great job with audio editing, handling pretty much all files with ease. While out of the box, you may require some free plugins to process the audio file you work with, some of the functionality for more advanced tasks requires paid plugins that may not necessarily even resolve the issue. In particular, Audacity doesn't seem to have a seamless solution to remove echo, and many of the various help documents seem to suggest that a paid plugin would resolve this issue; none of them work. The interface looks very professional, but to that end, it's also intimidating to use and it's difficult to figure out how to do things at times. You may need to refer to help documents on a regular basis; for every podcast I've recorded, I've had to revisit another help issue. I've done more than 40 hours of editing since I've started but I still don't feel confident I understand how to amplify the volume in text or to reduce it. I feel like a newbie and perhaps I shouldn't be one at this "late" stage. That said, Audacity is perhaps one of the best audio solutions on the market, and it doesn't hurt that this is free.
The best support comes from communities and blog posts, but there really is no authoritative answer for anything. You basically have to wing it. However, since there's no financial barrier to entry, everyone is creating their own help documents so you're bound to find a solution.
February 16, 2020

Fun, fancy, and free!

Jennifer Stirling | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I use Audacity to create samples of music, karaoke tracks, and piano accompaniments that we sell on our website. I appreciate the simplicity of the product, ease of use, and ability to trim, edit, and extract the audio in a usable format (it allows you to choose between AIFF, WAV, mp3, AC3, M4A, MP2, FLAC, AMR, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, etc. and options for various bit rate modes, quality, variable speeds, and channel modes (stereo/joint-stereo). I also appreciate the ability to change the speed of the music without changing pitch and the ease with which I can transpose. The sound quality of the transposed music is surprisingly good.
  • Simple to use.
  • Free download.
  • Free version has possibly limited options for someone with more advanced skills.
I think for novices who need to slow down/speed up music, trim or edit music, or do general editing of the music with effects Audacity is a great software program to use! If you're looking to be a producer the free version probably isn't going to have enough options.
The program is so easy to use I haven't had to use customer support very much. However, when I have emailed their customer service team I have always gotten a response within a 24 hour period and the advice and solutions they have given me have always been helpful and respectful.
John Marshall | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Audacity is a free app that allows VoIP users to create custom greeting and announcements for Auto Attendants and on-hold messaging. Its multi-track capability allows mixing, fading and adding of background music, as well as combining tracks into mono or stereo files in a variety of audio formats.
  • Aggregate multiple tracks, attenuate each separately.
  • Fade tracks in and out for messaging.
  • It's super, but there is bit of a learning curve to become proficient.
Instead of hiring a professional audio consultant to create and manage your VoIP phone system prompts and messaging, Audacity allows you to keep this in-house to be able to react in real-time to special messaging requirements. This is very well suited for the 8X8 Virtual Contact Center (VCC) which allows for separate inbound channel scripting and messaging to create a customized brand, experience, and messaging silos for each inbound caller type.
I never needed to use their support. The app is delivered with a superb online reference guide that is all I ever needed.
Keith Lillico, M.Ed, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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My time runs on a tight budget and you can never beat the price of free. What makes it even better is that even with it being free software it has the ability to do just as much if not more than all the professional software that is on the market.
  • Basic recording.
  • Editing.
  • Open-source so no actual support.
  • Time between updates vary.
Audacity is well suited for any scenario where you need to edit audio or do any sort of audio recording. I have used it to record voice-over for eLearning courses, record podcasts, narration for videos, and even to do editing in audio that was recorded somewhere else. You cannot beat the flexibility of this software.
Unlike paid software, there is no formal support. However, with its wide usage, it is very simple to find tutorials and guides on the internet. It is also one of the few pieces of free software that I have seen courses built for on Lynda.com. If you look hard enough you can find the answer to any question.
Score 10 out of 10
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We develop videos and guided exercises and require an audio software to assist in mixing music and narration as well as making slide shows with audio.
  • Recording sound WASAPI (Recording sound directly from computer)
  • Record live studio
  • Interface is not as streamlined or easy to use
  • Audacity is unable to record multiple devices without special drivers
For those who are on a budget and enjoy open-source programs, Audacity will work well for most. It is fairly easy to use and has multi-track audio editing capability. It's great for podcasting, narrations, and most everything else involving voice and music. Audacity may not be appropriate for those who want to create music. Easy publishing options may not be available. Real-time audio effects are not automatically applied. Generally, for our needs, Audacity works well for multiple users.
As it is an open-source program, there are videos that users can find. However, there is no technical support by email, telephone or social media. On their website, they have a FAQ document and forums.
Justin McClelland | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I use Audacity a lot for the editing of podcast audio as well as audio that supports video files.
  • Very intuitive
  • Free to use
  • It takes a while to get the hang of it.
  • Integration with popular video/audio apps.
It's a great tool to use that I've grown to love over the years. I don't use anything else to edit my audio at this time. It's an excellent app that I don't have any suggestions for improvement.
There is a ton of documentation and help articles online for Audacity. I've never wanted to accomplish something with this software, where I couldn't find out how. Though many of the articles are by the community and not the vendor, none-the-less, the support is phenomenal.
Score 9 out of 10
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Our primary use of Audacity within our business is for the editing or recording of sound files to use in our PBX phone system. We have also used it for other projects such as editing sound files for corporate videos.
The main functions we have used is recording, both from microphone but also from playing computer sounds (what you hear), and editing functions:
  • trimming
  • joining/merging
  • cutting and pasting
  • volume adjustment
  • stereo to mono conversion
  • fading in and out
  • sample rate conversion
  • format conversion
It is mostly used within our IT and Marketing departments to create new sound files with speech, or modify existing sound files we have to better suit a project via trimming and joining in different order, and saving in the correct format. Using Audacity has allowed us to be cost effective and nimble with our existing recordings as we can modify them to suit current needs rather than requesting and paying for new recordings. Re-using existing recordings also means it feels familiar to our customers, even if the message is different.
  • Trimming of sound files
  • Joining of sound files
  • It would be nice to change the size of some interface elements as they can be small on some screens.
Overall Audacity is a great program for audio editing in a wide range of uses. It is quick and easy to start using it for basic tasks but has the functions to do more advanced tasks with a little understanding of the interface. Audacity has many editing options available and a wide range of keyboard and mouse shortcuts so anyone using it professionally would be able to navigate it quickly and efficiently.

It is available on the three main computer platforms, Windows, MacOS and Linux, and being open source software it has the source available for those that want to change it and make the product better. Audacity is a small download and small install meaning start up is quick, and running multiple instances is possible and doesn't hog machine resources.

The only time I think it may not be suitable is for complete novices that may need a program with less options or features as the amount of options, switches, and sliders in Audacity could be confusing for them.
We have not used direct support for Audacity, other than using the information available on their website, which resolved the issues we were experiencing so we had a good experience in that regard.
As this is Open Source FREE software, I don't believe there is direct support available.
In saying that, it has the following great support options:
  • Online documentation and FAQ
  • Online tutorials covering all functions
  • Online user forums where questions are asked and answered by other users
  • Online wiki with more information
With these options most issues should be able to be resolved to get full use from Audacity.
Score 10 out of 10
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I use Audacity as a quick and simple tool to edit audio files for use on our website, to add to simple videos, to make mashups of my music and vocal clips and to do fade-ins and fade-outs when putting groups of songs together. I also use it to quickly make loops of my music for uploading to royalty-free sites. When I'm not on my Mac Audacity is my go-to (free and simple) program to edit audio tracks on PC.
  • It's simple and intuitive.
  • I can quickly and easily see where I need to cut off or extend tracks.
  • It's easy to raise or lower volume and to add silence to areas of a track.
Audacity is great when you just need something simple and easy to use for editing audio tracks. If you only have very basic needs (cutting off the end of a too-long track, inserting silence, raising or lowering the overall volume, fading in or out, combining tracks--even making simple loops) and don't need or want to pay for a program with greater functionality, Audacity is perfect as it is free and very simple to use.
Score 10 out of 10
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I used Audacity as the main mixing software for my Podcast. We were three participants, and I was the only user. It's great because you can learn ''on the job'' while using the software, and tons of tutorials exist on YouTube for example. It feels like a very polished, fleshed out product in every way.
  • Flexible.
  • Easy to use.
  • Integrated tutorials would be nice.
  • A bit more UI customization out of the box
It's free - can't go wrong there! Plus it's open source, so anything is possible. If you are new to audio mixing, and are looking for the right software to get you started, Audacity is up there with the best of them. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys mixing, podcasting or even singing.
Can't answer this in detail as I've never contacted them.
Score 8 out of 10
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My team produces eLearning videos for our own products. We use music for title slides and the like—and I am very picky about my audio. I like to use clips that make sense and don't just start and stop. Audacity allows me to do some basic editing and to do it fairly easily.
  • Editing of length; creating clips, etc.
  • I like that I can adjust the volume before pulling in a recording to my video. This makes for less work on the video end of my project.
  • I know there are other features I could probably use but I'm still learning.
  • There are so many things that this program will do and I'm sure I don't even know the half of it.
  • I would like to see a simpler version that works for people like me that aren't professional musicians or using it for that purpose.
I LOVE using Audacity for my audio clips! I'm very picky about the audio quality on my own videos and Audacity helps me to maintain that high level of quality. I can edit the music files I pull in, copy, cut/paste, etc. It's really great and provides me a great deal of flexibility!
Score 8 out of 10
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I have used Audacity for quick audio edits for radio commercials and voice overs for video.
  • Quick audio cuts.
  • Easy transitions.
  • Can't update edits once they are made.
  • Not easy to do major edits like removing background noise.
It is easy to use for those who haven't edited audio before. It's not overwhelming with features. It's also free which is a good way to start learning about audio editing. Not appropriate for major edits or something with lots of layers of audio files.
I have never contacted support before. It's open source so I don't think there is a support team?
Jeff Eaton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Our team produces a number of podcasts on development, design, and content strategy — audio editing isn't a normal part of our workflow, so we don't have a suite of high-end editing tools on hand to use. Our hunt for a low-cost, cross-platform audio editing tool flexible enough for multi-track editing and post-processing led us to Audacity and we've been using it ever since.
  • Audio filtering and processesing
  • Multi-track editing and audio compositing
  • User experience and workflow is… very open source
  • Lacks presets or guidance for common export targets (podcasting, CD-quality music, etc)
We use Audacity as a podcast editing, prep, and export tool; it has enough filtering and audio-processing features to perform tasks like balancing tracks, removing background noise, and it lets us make fast edits across multiple synced audio tracks. A common scenario for us is chopping out a minute or two of irrelevant conversation from the three parallel tracks for each podcast participant — some of the simpler editing tools we evaluated required that edits be made track-by-track, all but ensuring the audio falls out of sync.

The more complex the editing, the more Audacity's clunky interface can frustrate — it's impossible to beat the price (free!) but it's also easy to feel lost when trying to accomplish something basic until you learn its idiosyncrasies.
An interface overhaul would be a great boost for Audacity, but beggars can't be choosers — its price is impossible to beat, and it does the job we need it to do.
Jarem Atkinson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Audacity on a weekly basis for editing the audio of our video recordings in our online courses and editing the audio of our podcast episodes. It is just used by the marketing department within the company. Audacity helps us to easily clean up the audio in our video and audio recordings, and more importantly, it makes the editing process very easy. The learning curve for using Audacity is small, yet it is a robust software, allowing room for learning more and getting advanced things done within audio editing.
  • Audacity has a wide variety of controls and capabilities for editing, making it a very robust tool for audio editing.
  • Even though it's a robust tool, it is very easy to use to get many basic things done in audio editing. The learning curve is small.
  • Love that audacity is free! What else could you ask for? There really is no reason not to use it.
  • While Audacity is straight forward and easy to use, it takes a lot of digging through the software to really understand the full capability of what you can do with it. It would be great if there was some kind of onboarding tutorial walkthrough within the software that you could go through when you start using it.
  • I'm not sure it's a problem everyone experiences, but I've had issues with the software, trying to export files within specific file formats. I had to download patches to the software that made it possible. If the software came with the functionality built in, that would be great. Especially considering the fact that the formats I've been exporting to are mainstream formats. (i.e. .mp3, .wav, etc.).
  • The dashboard of audacity is pretty messy. It's not super intuitively built. Improving the navigation of the software would make it more usable, in my experience.
For robust audio editing needs, Audacity is a great tool to use. When you want to comb through the layers of audio and make small or large changes to your file, and even being able to export to various file types, Audacity is my recommended tool. For people who need small audio editing changes like simple clippings of audio, there are more user-friendly tools out there than Audacity.
Jerry Janes | TrustRadius Reviewer
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I use Audacity for both business and pleasure. Since I use Linux with only open source solutions, it works perfectly for my varying needs.
  • It is very lightweight. Uses relatively few resources, but is robust with its functionality.
  • It is highly intuitive, user-friendly. If you want simplicity without a huge learning curve, this is a great solution.
  • I know this is specific, but its Noise Reduction tool is excellent. For anyone needing to remove background noise, quickly and easily, with quality and fine-tunable results, you can't go wrong!
  • My biggest complaint is when multitracking, on occasion, Audacity's source files corrupt and are NOT recoverable. If you have an important, complex project, Audacity might not be the ideal solution for this reason alone. I have scoured the forums for help, and have found many well-thought suggestions, but more than once I have had to go back to square one, which is very frustrating.
  • The UI could use some updating. Although user-friendly, some icons/functions are not immediately clear.
It is well suited for simple vocal recordings, such as Podcasts. Based on the issues I have experienced multitracking, it is not ideal for recording multitrack songs.
Ho'omana Nathan Horton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use Audacity in the linguistics lab to record audio through a USB pre-amplifier (typically the Focusrite Scarlett Solo) and to re-sample or re-encode audio data in other formats which may not be readable (or maybe too big) for analysis software like Praat. We also use Audacity for some post-recording manipulation for perceptual studies.
  • Audacity is free and user-friendly but also allows for outstandingly fine-grained tuning if you know what you're doing.
  • We find this software invaluable for recording or re-encoding audio data for linguistic analysis.
  • We're also able to manipulate audio files (e.g. by changing pitch) to present for perceptual studies. Audacity's algorithms really do an excellent job of manipulating only the selected variable and maintaining the integrity and crispness of the audio file.
  • Audacity has an older-looking interface that can make a large number of options overwhelming sometimes, but it's free, so I've never really found this to be worth complaining about.
  • The included documentation also uses a pretty outdated interface, but again, it's free and there are a huge amount of much more thorough resources available online.
Audacity is absolutely invaluable as a free resource for making high-quality audio recordings on a computer and editing those recordings. Sure, there are other paid options with newer interfaces, but they are typically super expensive. Audacity works, it works well, and it's totally free. As a linguistic researcher who does recording, analysis, and manipulation of files, there's virtually no audio problem I've come across that Audacity won't work for.
Dan Talvi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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As a digital media arts instructor, we utilize Audacity as a secondary audio editing software for video production work. In conjunction with other professional audio production software that can feel bloated or overly complicated for small tasks, Audacity fills the gap for projects when we need quick and efficient tweaks and cuts, rather than full audio engineering work.
  • Easy to learn user interface.
  • Reliable
  • Compact (small install size and can be loaded onto a flash drive).
  • Cannot natively export audio to MP3: requires download of LAME MP3 encoder to enable that functionality.
  • Multi-track recording can be difficult (clunky) to work with.
For individuals looking to record and/or only make quick, small edits or tweaks to audio, Audacity should be your go-to software. Tools are mostly self-explanatory and easy to use. Requires some computer literacy to initially set up, but otherwise is easy to use. Audacity, however, is not best suited for multi-track or advanced audio engineering projects.