About Audacity

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Audacity is a free Audio Editor application.

It is a fast multitrack audio editor and recorder for

  • Linux,
  • Macintosh, and
  • Windows

Audacity supports several digital audio formats, with support for 24-bit and 32-bit sample formats, including:

  • WAV,
  • AIFF,
  • Ogg, and
  • MP3

Professional features include

  • envelope editing,
  • built-in effects processing,
  • mixing of tracks,

and Audacity can also record 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 sound effects and supports the following plugins:

  • Nyquist,
  • LADSPA, and
  • VST-plugins

for additional audio effects to use in processing of sound files.

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 site 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 some languages other than English.

For additional information check out the description of the CurrentFeatures .

And the Audacity Website at < http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ >. Also check this Audacity user forum hosted by Nabble. It archives the Audacity mailing lists into a searchable archive. You can search for answers or post your question there.

Other articles about audacity: PCmech.com < http://pcmech.com/show/opensource/672/ >