About Audacity

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Audacity is a free, very capable Audio Editor software application for Windows, Macintosh and Linux/Unix systems.

Where to get it

The Audacity program is available from the Audacity downloads page  at http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ .


Audacity is a fast multi-track audio editor and recorder for:

  • Windows 98 and later
  • Macintosh OS 9 (Audacity 1.0 only) and OS X
  • Linux/Unix and other *.nix-based systems

Audacity supports several digital audio formats with support for 24 bit and 32 bit sample formats as well as 16 bit. Supported formats include:

Professional features include:

  • Envelope editing.
  • Built-in effects processing.
  • Mixing of tracks.
  • Recording overdubs while playing previously recorded tracks.

For sound analysis you may use the spectrogram mode or a spectrum analyzer window. Also Audacity has built-in effects and supports the following plug-ins (providing additional effects and processing):

Short history

Audacity was started in 1999 as part of a research project, then over time was developed into a general audio editor. More recently (the mid-years) other people started helping with development. Today, Audacity is being developed by a team of volunteers under the open-source model, using Sourceforge, an online service that allows people around the world to collaborate on free software projects. Dozens of people have contributed to Audacity, and progress is continually accelerating. Audacity is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) . You are free to use this program for personal or commercial purposes. Audacity is now localized to many languages other than English.

Information and Questions

For additional information check out the description of the Current Features and the main Audacity website .

If you have questions, try our official Forum  or search the Nabble -help list archive . Although -help list is no longer active, Nabble hosts archives of all our other mailing lists . You can register with Nabble to participate online in those other lists, or subscribe to them directly  to receive the list postings by e-mail.

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