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.
The version currently hosted here is 2.1.0 (March 2015). More recent versions than this are available from http://www.audacityteam.org/download/ .
Audacity is free software, developed by a group of volunteers and distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). 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
Download is full of BAD BAD BAD MALWARE! DO NOT DOWNLOAD! PC SCREWED
Let me start off by saying, I made this account for one reason only: To review this product. Now, my situation is that I'm making sound for a film for the first time, and needed a program to first of all sort the sound files, and then, to edit them. I've had great experiences using Sony Vegas and Premiere Pro for editing video clips, and thus thought, hell, I'll download Audition. Sad thing is though, it's just a 7 day trial unless you put some money upfront (more on that later). So, I used it, and I loved it. Very intuitive, very useful, just overall a really good product. But 7 days went by, and as anyone who's worked on a film knows, 7 days is nowhere near enough to finish post-production of a project. Luckily, I remembered there was a program named Audacity - so I googled it and downloaded it from this very page. I opened it, and immediately thought, gosh, this looks a bit barebones - but that said, I find that Adobe's products sometimes look very professional and have a lot of features you'll never ever use. Anyway, I thought Audacity very well for something as simple as sorting my audio files, at least. And yes, it would be, if certain features of the program wasn't complete bullcrap, like, whenever you wanna move the time-stamp and accidentally think you can drag it instead of just clicking where you want it, you'll create a loop, and frustratingly audio will only play within that loop. Which frustrated me quite a few times when trying to pinpoint a source of noise in an audio clip. Secondly, the fact that you have nowhere near any idea the dB of your current clip frustrates the hell outta me - or maybe you do, but then that information is very well hidden away. Also the fact that whenever you hit space, the usual pause-button in almost every frigging editing program, instead of pausing your clip, it stops it, is one of the worst pieces of bullcrap of a feature I've ever seen. It's like they try to actively frustrate you. Probably the most annoying thing when sorting audio however, is if you change the name of the clip you're using, or in my case, the folder that file is hidden in - then Audacity decides that gosh, it can't find it. Even though the file hasn't changed name, and Audacity even has access to the frigging folder already - something, I might add, doesn't happen in Audition. However, the biggest frustration was when I tried to replay a clip, and Audacity thought, FUCK IT, and my whole computer went Viva la Revolucíon on me, and I had to force shut it down (you know, pressing down that power on/off button) to get it to work again. My screen was one big mess of audacity colored antsy messy-wessy. Oh, and not to mention that it looked very frigging barebones when it comes to actually editing audio. To sum up, a wise man once said: "You get what you pay for". After my little flirt with Audition, followed by a very rocky relationship with Audacity, I have to agree. So if you made it this far down in my review, for which I'd like to say thank you very much, I'm honored that you wanna listen to my rambling, don't download this bullcrap. Instead, and I can't believe I'm saying this, put down those frigging 20 dollars and get a proper program in the form of Audition. Heck, crack it even if you know how to (not that I recommend that sort of thing, but who am I to judge?) - just, for heaven's frigging sake, don't download this bullcrap. Please. I implore you.
The review below is worth repeating: "Do NOT, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES download audacity from Sourceforge!!! They attach all sorts of malware to the download. YOU WILL INFECT YOUR COMPUTER!!!! Instead, go to the REAL audacity site: www.audacityteam.org " I spent half the night removing the large suite of nasty (and some very nasty) malware that embedded themselves deep within Windows and hijacked all browsers to the point of crippling them (with those false pop-up warnings that would not go away simply by clicking an 'x' - and I'm an electronics tech with a former computer tech cert - if you are not, then your computer is screwed. If you do not know how to quickly remove malware (including the nastiest), then don't download from this site - use the original site. Just a note - after I removed all the malware, I took a chance and manually installed the 'free' Audacity (worst case - all the malware would reinstall) - it installed OK - without the malware. I haven't tried Audacity yet - so I'm not sure if it will meet my needs, not knowing what functions and features it has - so my one-star review is a warning about this site...
Beyond useless. My primary reason for using this program was to make ringtones and samples. However, after it resetting my time selections randomly over a dozen times in one day, I'm done. This program is no longer usable. I'll just pirate goldwave instead, hopefully by the next time I check in this will be fixed, finally.
Do NOT, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES download audacity from sourceforge!!! They attach all sorts of malware to the download. YOU WILL INFECT YOUR COMPUTER!!!! Instead, go to the REAL audacity site: www.audacityteam.org