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Audacity - Audio editor / recorder
Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from cassette tapes, vinyl records, or minidiscs. With some sound cards, it can also capture streaming audio.
  • Record from microphone, line input, or other sources.
  • Dub over existing tracks to create multi-track recordings.
  • Record up to 16 channels at once (requires multi-channel hardware).
  • Level meters can monitor volume levels before, during, and after recording.
Import sound files, edit them, and combine them with other files or new recordings. Export your recordings in several common file formats.
  • Import and export WAV, AIFF, AU, and Ogg Vorbis files.
  • Import MPEG audio (including MP2 and MP3 files) with libmad.
  • Export MP3s with the optional LAME encoder library.
  • Create WAV or AIFF files suitable for burning to CD.
  • Import and export all file formats supported by libsndfile.
  • Open raw (headerless) audio files using the “Import Raw” command.

  • Easy editing with Cut, Copy, Paste, and Delete.
  • Use unlimited Undo (and Redo) to go back any number of steps.
  • Very fast editing of large files.
  • Edit and mix an unlimited number of tracks.
  • Use the Drawing tool to alter individual sample points.
  • Fade the volume up or down smoothly with the Envelope tool.
  • Change the pitch without altering the tempo, or vice-versa.
  • Remove static, hiss, hum, or other constant background noises.
  • Alter frequencies with Equalization, FFT Filter, and Bass Boost effects.
  • Adjust volumes with Compressor, Amplify, and Normalize effects.
  • Other built-in effects include: Echo, Phaser, Wahwah, Reverse.


  • Record and edit 16-bit, 24-bit, and 32-bit (floating point) samples.
  • Record at up to 96 kHz.
  • Sample rates and formats are converted using high-quality resampling and dithering.
  • Mix tracks with different sample rates or formats, and Audacity will convert them automatically in realtime.


  • Add new effects with LADSPA plug-ins.
  • Audacity includes some sample plug-ins by Steve Harris.
  • Load VST plug-ins for Windows and Mac, with the optional VST Enabler.
  • Write new effects with the built-in Nyquist programming language.


  • Spectrogram mode for visualizing frequencies.
  • “Plot Spectrum” command for detailed frequency analysis.

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Jul 29 2019
  5  / 5
I have recorded some tracks with Audacity and the quality is great. It records from VSTHost and other music applications. Great alternative to paid software

Sept 01 2018
  5  / 5
This piece of software is A MUST. It's not as appealing as it could be on the "look" side, but it's really, really efficient on the "do-your-job" side. Go for it with no regret.
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Jul 12 2018
  5  / 5
Excellent Software, I use it for mastering vocals and it's also very useful for many other tasks

Jan 28 2017
  4  / 5
Audacity is the best free tool for mastering, composing, recording, converting etc. I use this software to make voice/instrument recordings, tracks mastering, electronic compositions, spectral analysis and many other things... I recommend

Oct 17 2016
  5  / 5
Nothing compares to audacity. Even paid sw. It's perfect.

Apr 02 2016
  5  / 5
This should be the gold standard! It's absolutely awesome! I learn more everyday it's cool features.

Jul 04 2014
  5  / 5
A real work horse app. I have used this app for years and it improves with each version. Great for recording Vinyl ect. Some of the built in filters are a bit weak compared to commercial apps but it can use VST plugs.

Mar 24 2014
  5  / 5
One of my all time favorites. I swear by this one. Great for mastering tracks, importing exporting and file conversion.

Apr 21 2012
  3  / 5
Nice program, but doesn't support VST instruments, only VST effects.
Nov 18 2013
Becoz it's not a DAW, it's sound editor.
Allan Kardec
Sept 05 2016
Maybe in future versions could support VSTi's :)