Audacity is NOT Audition, but IS all you need for simple projects.
March 20, 2019

Audacity is NOT Audition, but IS all you need for simple projects.

Jerry Janes | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Audacity

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.
  • Like any free open source solution, the ROI is evident, but keep in mind that this is NOT Adobe Audition, so knowing that, you do get what you pay for (and much more).
As I mentioned, Audacity does not have the bells and whistles of Audition, nor is it as reliable for multitracking. Using Audacity as a simple solution for simple projects is a relatively safe bet.
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.