Audacity
Audacity 2.0.5
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Audacity is a free audio recorder/editor/mixer. You 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 together, 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.
What's New
Version 2.0.5:

Bug Fixes:
  • Shaped dither was corrupted and too loud on all stereo exports except FLAC.
  • Keyboard Preferences: some Edit and Align commands for different sub-menus showed the same name.
  • Recordings stopped with "Stop and Set Cursor" shortcut could not be undone.
  • In locales that use comma for decimal separator:
    • Text boxes with slider in Nyquist effects only produced whole numbers when using comma to enter a fractional number. Text boxes without slider still have this problem.
    • Built-in generators produced silence after running a Nyquist effect.
  • Frequent crashes occurred on importing audio files on some machines.
  • Files did not open using Finder "Open with", double-clicking the file or dragging the file to the Audacity icon.
Changes and Improvements:
  • Tracks Menu:
    • The separate commands that aligned track start or end with the cursor or with selection start are combined into "Cursor/Selection Start" commands.
    • "Align and Move Cursor" renamed to "Move Selection when Aligning".
  • Label Tracks:
    • Labels Editor now allows empty labels to be saved on closing the editor.
    • TabB and Shift+Tab when the label track has focus now always move forwards or backwards respectively to the nearest label.
  • Audio Unit plug-ins detected by Audacity on launch are now not loaded until chosen from the Effect menu. This should speed up launch and avoid crashes at launch due to misbehaving Audio Units.
Version 2.0.5:

Bug Fixes:
  • Shaped dither was corrupted and too loud on all stereo exports except FLAC.
  • Keyboard Preferences: some Edit and Align commands for different sub-menus showed the same name.
  • Recordings stopped with "Stop and Set Cursor" shortcut could not be undone.
  • In locales that use comma for decimal more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later





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Audacity User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
(30)
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+6

+87

Forn reviewed on 22 Oct 2013
I keep my promise. Excellent and very fast work. Thank you!
[Version 2.0.5]


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+87

Forn reviewed on 15 Oct 2013
Crashes immediately when importing a larger file. Better rating when no crashes anymore.
[Version 2.0.4]


burypromote
+1

+1

oaksey reviewed on 20 Sep 2013
This is one of the most useful free applications I know of. Provides everything I need for editing audio. (Although I can't speak for the Lion version that some people seem to be complaining about).

I really don't understand the people who complain about the interface. I can only assume that either they haven't read the documentation, which - unlike most free software - is thorough and clear, or else they are obsessed with things looking "Mac-like" in which case I have to say - get over it! It's only "skin deep" you know! It's a tool not a decoration, and I know of nothing better for editing audio.
[Version 2.0.4]


burypromote
+1

+71
Wickedsp1d3r commented on 10 Sep 2013
Latest version crashes immediately when opening a mp3 file. Using latest ML.
[Version 2.0.4]


burypromote
+4

+330

Kobalt reviewed on 01 Aug 2013
Based on RAZZ's review below, I downloaded this app and used it to extract a chapter from a spoken book.

Damn, that was easy! I know nothing about working with sound files but even without reading the instructions (are there any? I didn't actually look), I had the job done in 30 seconds, no kidding.

Five stars from me because I can't give six.
[Version 2.0.3]


burypromote
+3

-5

Razz reviewed on 21 Jun 2013
This program is fast to learn, easy to use and fun! I recommend it to the 90% of everyone who wants to edit audio. The other 10% are welcome to buy other packages for whatever reason they feel it necessary. Thank you Dominic!!!
[Version 2.0.3]


burypromote
+4

+4

RecordJunkieTN reviewed on 16 Feb 2013
I have always preferred Bias Peak Pro for a two track editor / DAW, but is no longer being developed. However, this program does a better job than many of it's counterparts that charge quite hefty sums. Thanks so much to the developers for bringing us this fantastically versatile piece of software, and please do keep up the good work!!
[Version 2.0.3]


burypromote
-7

+75

Mikael B reviewed on 30 Jan 2013
Unfortunately Audacity just jumps in the dock in both OS X 10.6.8 and OS X 10.7.4 on 3 different machines. This is have been the experience of more people than myself.

Also I had to use sudo ditto to install as the permissions on the dmg seem faulty.

I selected Ocenaudio instead, currently free in beta.
[Version 2.0.3]


burypromote
-3

+197
GeoProf commented on 22 Jan 2013
Been using it for years, but I must agree that the interface is absolutely horrible and I hate using it. Looking around for a better alternative.
[Version 2.0.3]


burypromote

+108

Gitteboy reviewed on 22 Jan 2013
A free audio editor so I can not complain. It kinda works but the userinterface is so ugly, unintuitive and windows-a-like I truly hate using it. Screen updating is terrible slow on my Macbook Retina i7 when zooming into a wav, plugin support is buggy and scrashes a lot with high end VST plugins.

If you are serious about editing audio on Mac OSX I can highly recommend Triumph.
[Version 2.0.3]


burypromote

+12
Derby had trouble on 30 Dec 2012
I downloaded Audacity today and found I needed FFmpeg (0.6.2 OSX 10.4+ DMG) from the Lame site. Downloaded it and was able to export my m4a file to the folder where I wanted it in the iTunes subfolder with other songs. It shows to be there and looks good in Finder (right next to the other songs that were converted into iTunes). It does not show in any of the actual itunes listings.
[Version 2.0.2]

1 Reply

burypromote

+12
Derby replied on 01 Jan 2013
This problem was posted way last year and no reply yet. OK, so that was only 2 days ago. :)

Actually, I think I have figured out the solution. I just have to find the track where iTunes put it. I had put in the artist during the export but it seems to get lost in the process. If I look for "unknown artist" I find an album with the tracks in it. I use "Get Info" on the tracks and add the artist back in and it goes where I had originally intended it to go.

It would be nice if all the info asked for in the export process would stay with the track so the extra steps would not be necessary.
burypromote
+3

+3
Gale (Audacity Team) had trouble on 01 Feb 2009
Unfortunately, importing AIFFs (other than created by Audacity) may cause a freeze on some Mac systems. We have already committed a possible fix for this to our source code.

If you could help us test the fix, please go here:
http://audacity.homerow.net/index.php?dir=mac

and install the build at the bottom of the file list. Let us know if this fixes it for you.

Alternatively you could convert the AIFF files to WAV in iTunes, and then import the WAVs:

# Open iTunes > Preferences
# Click on the leftmost "General" tab
# Click the "Import Settings" button half way down on
the right
# In the "Import Using" dropdown, choose "WAV Encoder"
# Click OK and OK
# Control-click over the file you want to convert > "Create
WAV version"


Gale
[Version 1.3.7b]

1 Reply

burypromote

+3
Gale (Audacity Team) commented on 10 Feb 2009
09 February 2009:

The 1.3.7 Release has been rebuilt with a fix for the problem with AIFF import. Correct builds are available here:
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/beta_mac

Anyone who downloaded 1.3.7 before 09 February are advised to download it again from the above link.

Thanks!
burypromote
-1

+244
MonkeyJunkey had trouble on 30 Jan 2009
Thanks to the developer team for finally fixing many bugs that have kept me from using Audacity for a while (e.g. the MP3 export produced wrong times/length and so forth).

But now when I try to open a aiff-file with Audacity the application starts and instantly hangs-up.

Am I the only one with this problem?

Would be great if this could be fixed.
[Version 1.3.7b]

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burypromote

+10
Jimge replied on 30 Jan 2009
Yes - I am having the same problem. It is a 2 minute AIFF file created from SonicFire Pro, and I am on a MBP 2.6 with Leopard.
burypromote
+1

+244
MonkeyJunkey replied on 31 Jan 2009
Ok, they're working on it...

http://audacityteam.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=8506
burypromote

+244
MonkeyJunkey commented on 02 Feb 2009
This release works:

http://audacity.homerow.net/index.php?dir=mac%2Faudacity-nightly-2009.02.02-03.15%2F

Or check for newer nightlys here:
http://audacity.homerow.net/index.php?dir=mac
burypromote

+1
astrobruce had trouble on 28 May 2008
I just updated to 1.3.5 on my 15" powerbook running leopard. tried to open a wave file, and audacity crash. rebooted, tried again. crashed.
[Version 1.3.5]


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drummist53 had trouble on 08 May 2008
Ever since I installed version 1.35 I cannot playback
any audio. All I get is hiss. I'm running a Mac G4 and
have never had this problem with earlier
versions...Perhaps it has something to do with this
portaudio v19 I see on my output setting for my core
output?? Meanwhile this program is now useless to me.
[Version 1.3.5]


burypromote
-1
chosen716 had trouble on 01 Dec 2007
I downloaded Audacity when I had MAC OS 10.3.9, however I recently bought Leapord so I am now running MAC OS 10.5, and Audacity will not open. When I click to open it it says, "You cannot open the application "Audacity" because it is not supported on this architecture." Also the icon has a circle with a line throuch it over the image of the headphones. I have concluded that the newest version of Audacity is not supported by MAC OS 10.5 and probably only 10.4, Please update!
[Version 1.3.3]

1 Reply

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+61
Jon55 replied on 06 Dec 2008
That's BS. I'm running Audacity 1.3.3b on Leopard 10.5.5 right now and it works awesome (and has been for several months).
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nerydiaz had trouble on 12 Oct 2007
I think Audacity is a great program, my husband has it in his windows laptop, but I have a question: in his computer, he has options for recording, like "wave out mix" and others, but since I have mac, I havent been able to find a plug in so that it will let me record without using the microphone, and right now, it is the only option it gives me for recording, would anyone help please???
[Version 1.3.3]


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NickSantangelo had trouble on 04 Apr 2007
The program is great BUT I cannot adjust the record volume. Everything is too hot and my 'adjustments' have no effect.

Anyone else have this problem?
[Version 1.3.2]


burypromote

+2
JustinNorman had trouble on 05 Jul 2006
Audacity is a nice little program for simple multitracking and audio editing. Most of the time, I use Logic to record, but when I want to quickly edit a sound file or just record a few quick ideas, Audacity is a fine lightweight application for getting those tasks done speedily. Unfortunately, I've had it crash on me pretty frequently, but for being a free program, it's certainly worth checking out.
[Version 1.3b]


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+1
Israel Torres had trouble on 08 Jun 2006
I have a PB G4 15" with 1.25 GB of Memory and 12GB of disk space free. I also have a Presonus Firewire recording hardware to record from mic's and lines onto my computer. I normally use Logic to record from it and it does beautifully but cannot get Audacity to record from it. I've set up the I/O so my Firewire is set for both I/O under Preferences. There's no signal level showing up, when I hit record, it says it couldn't open audio source. Can I get some help here.

Thanks!
[Version 1.3b]



Matt Moss rated on 26 Dec 2013

[Version 2.0.5]



-TiTAN- rated on 22 Oct 2013

[Version 2.0.5]



+26

Scotty_Beam_Me_Up_Again rated on 22 Oct 2013

[Version 2.0.5]



Jacklarm rated on 07 Oct 2013

[Version 2.0.4]



+52

Spike-James rated on 29 Sep 2013

[Version 2.0.4]



GaRK2 rated on 28 Sep 2013

[Version 2.0.4]



-1

LeonBe;mont2070 rated on 09 Sep 2013

[Version 2.0.4]



+82

Thomas1977 rated on 08 Sep 2013

[Version 2.0.4]



+108

Gitteboy rated on 26 Aug 2013

[Version 2.0.3]



+13

Nrc2248 rated on 03 Jul 2013

[Version 2.0.3]


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Date:22 Oct 2013
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Audacity is a free audio recorder/editor/mixer. You 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 together, 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.


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