Features at a glance
With Audacity, users can record live audio, convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs, edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files, cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together, as well as to change the speed or pitch of a recording. In addition, the software contains many plugins and effects, among which we can mention Echo, Paulstretch (extreme stretch), Phaser, Reverb, Reverse, Truncate Silence and Wahwah.
Offers a powerful plugin architecture
Audacity comes by default with a vast amount of features, but the most important one is the powerful plugin architecture, which allows users to extend its default functionality through add-ons that can be written by users.
Under the hood and availability
The application is written entirely in the C++ programming language and uses the GTK+ GUI toolkit for its graphical user interface under GNU/Linux and BSD systems, where it is available for download only as a sources archive, requiring users to configure and compile the app prior to installation, but it can be easily installed from the default software repositories of many Linux distributions.
Supported OSes and architectures
The software has been successfully tested under several GNU/Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Debian, Linux Mint, Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, openSUSE or Mageia, various BSD flavors like FreeBSD, as well as on the commercial Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X operating systems. At the moment, it runs perfect on both 32-bit and 64-bit instruction set architectures.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on September 28th, 2014
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- (OS X) Crashes when importing audio files are fixed.
- (OS X) Files can now be opened using Finder "Open with", and by double-click or dragging to the Audacity icon.
- (OS X) Audio Unit plug-ins are not loaded until used. This makes Audacity start faster and avoids startup crashes due to incompatible plug-ins.
- (Windows) On a very few machines, the Windows WDM-KS low latency host caused Audacity 2.0.4 to hang or the computer to crash. WDM-KS has been removed from Audacity 2.0.5 while we work on safely enabling this host. WDM-KS will still be available for testing in the Windows alpha development builds.
Application descriptionAudacity is one of the most popular and widely used audio processing and manipulation applications on the GNU/Linux pl...