Audacity is a free audio editor that can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, AIFF, and MP3 files, and more. Use it to edit your sounds using Cut, Copy, and Paste (with unlimited Undo), mix tracks, or apply effects to your recordings. It also has a built-in amplitude envelope editor, a customizable spectrogram mode, and a frequency analysis window for audio analysis applications. Built-in effects include Bass Boost, Wahwah, and Noise Removal, and it also supports VST plug-in effects.
Reviewing 2.0.3 (Jan 23, 2013)
To those who trumpted the whole "it's FREE" rubbish as if that excuses shortcomings:
FREE is not an excuse for lack of features or usability. I and anyone who uses an application has every right to expect a certain level of ease of use or functionality given that the author of the program undertook the endeavor in the first place. In short, get a grip and stop being apologists.
Now that this point is crystal clear and the "FREE so don't complain" nonsense thoroughly debunked and consigned to the dung heap where it belongs, Audacity is a very competent beginners audio editor. I would appreciate the versatility of Goldwave's mixing and cue functions and expect to see the program evolve more towards them in the future just for the sake of ease of use.
I'd give it a FOUR and a recommendation as an excellent work in progress.
Reviewing 2.0.3 RC1 (Jan 21, 2013)
I use this program all the time. Works very well, it is a must have for audio editing.
Reviewing 2.0.2 RC4 (Aug 21, 2012)
Yes the look is "retro", it's still an excellent sound editor and it's free.
Reviewing 2.0.1 (Jul 3, 2012)
Very nice program
Reviewing 2.0.1 (Jun 29, 2012)
Good Stuff. A very nice FREE sound editor. What is there to complain about?
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