Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. The interface is translated into many languages.
Audacity is free software, developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Free software is not just free of cost (like "free beer"). It is free as in freedom (like "free speech"). Free software gives you the freedom to use a program, study how it works, improve it and share it with others. For more information, visit the Free Software Foundation.
Programs like Audacity are also called open source software, because their source code is available for anyone to study or use. There are thousands of other free and open source programs, including the Firefox web browser, the LibreOffice or Apache OpenOffice office suites and entire Linux-based operating systems such as Ubuntu.
- Record live audio
- Record computer playback on any Windows Vista or later machine
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs
- Edit WAV, AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3 or Ogg Vorbis sound files
- AC3, M4A/M4R (AAC), WMA and other formats supported using optional libraries
- Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together
- Numerous effects including change the speed or pitch of a recording
- And more! See the complete list of features: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/about/features
A great audio editor Simply the BEST Very good ! ;)
glencg - I'm uncertain what version of Audacity you're using that does not allow you save as an MP3 ? I must admit, I did struggle in the beginning, but I discovered if you "export" (under the "File" tag), a window opens with many options. Click on MP3 and WHAMO !
The download comes with two plug-ins that seem suspect. One appears to be related to pay after one use issue previously mention. Both were unnecessary to edit a wav file at least.
Great project, nearly everything I could ask for. Features that go far beyond my present knowledge of audio - it will keep me busy for a long time. On problem, though: In my Ubuntu distro, there were no help files at all. I don't know where this problem arose - whether the audacity folks omitted it, or maybe Canonical did, but it really shouldn't happen.
Fine Editor, but the ''swelling'' Change/Temp-Files-Handling could be designed smarter ... ;o]