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Other audio editing programs and how Audacity compares.
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{{ednote|'''Peter 13Apr16:''' [[ToDo-2]] This page looks to be well out of date and needs a good refresh if we intend to keeep it.
See also [[OtherPrograms]] and http://audacity.sourceforge.net/links.php.
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*'''Peter 20Apr16:''' It's almost an orphan anyway it's only really linked to by [[Comparative Analysis]] and that in its turn is only linked to from James' user page. }}
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Other audio editing applications and how Audacity compares.
 
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* Audacity (Audacity Team) GPL <br> http://sourceforge.net/projects/audacity/ <br> OS:  Linux; [[MacOS]]  X, 9; Windows <br> Comments:  
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'''Note:'''  Some applications listed here are much more than just audio editors and the comparison isn't really valid.
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* Audacity (Audacity Team) GPL <br> https://web.audacityteam.org <br> OS:  Linux; Mac OS X, 9; Windows <br> Comments:  
  
* Adobe Audition $299 USD <br> http://www.adobe.com/products/audition/main.html <br> OS:  Windows 98, 2000, XP <br> Comments: Similar capabilities to Audacity with these also available: <br>Batch processing, Truncate Silence, Click Removal. <br>Audition is Adobe's renamed version of the famous "CoolEdit" program which they bought from Syntrillium in 2004. (?)
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* Adobe Audition $299 USD <br> http://www.adobe.com/products/audition/main.html <br> OS:  Windows 98, 2000, XP <br> Comments: Similar capabilities to Audacity with these also available: <br>Batch processing, Truncate Silence, Click Removal. <br>Audition is Adobe's renamed version of the famous "CoolEdit" application which they bought from Syntrillium in 2004. (?) Audition has very good quality noise removal compared to Audacity. It also has a clips list feature.
  
* Cubase SX (Steinberg) $799.99 USD <br> http://cubase.com/ <br> OS:  [[MacOS]]  X; Windows 2000, XP <br> Comments: Steinberg's music sequencing program.
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* Cubase SX (Steinberg) $799.99 USD <br> http://cubase.com/ <br> OS:  Mac OS X; Windows 2000, XP <br> Comments: Steinberg's music sequencing application.<br>Comments from another user: Cubase is a different product line and so does not compare to Audacity, rather does Steinberg's Wavelab.
  
* [[GarageBand]] (Apple) $49.00 USD <br> http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/ <br> See also [[AudacityVsGarageBand]]  <br> OS:  [[MacOS]]  X <br> Comments:  Easy for beginners; limited. The $49 iLife '04 package includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, [[GarageBand]] , and iTunes.
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* [[GarageBand]] <br> OS:  macOS <br> Comments:  Easy for beginners; limited. Bundled with macOS.  
  
 
* Kristal Audio Engine (Kreatives Group) Freeware <br> http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/ <br> OS:  Windows XP, 2000, 98, ME <br> Comments:   
 
* Kristal Audio Engine (Kreatives Group) Freeware <br> http://www.kreatives.org/kristal/ <br> OS:  Windows XP, 2000, 98, ME <br> Comments:   
Logic Express (eMagic) $299.00 USD <br> http://www.emagic.de/ <br> OS:  [[MacOS]]  X, 9 <br> Comments:  Limited to 12 input channels.  Uses a USB dongle.
 
  
* Logic PRO (eMagic) $999.00 USD <br> http://www.emagic.de/ <br> OS:  [[MacOS]]  X, 9; Windows (Logic Platinum 5.5.1) <br> Comments:  Uses a USB dongle.
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* Logic Express (eMagic) $299.00 USD <br> http://www.emagic.de/ <br> OS:  Mac OS X, 9 <br> Comments: Limited to 12 input channels. Uses a USB dongle.
  
* Nuendo (Steinberg) $1499.99 <br> http://www.steinberg.net/ <br> OS:  [[MacOS]]  X; Windows 2000, XP <br> Comments: Steinberg's multi-track recording program. Audacity has all the basic functions of Nuendo.
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* Logic PRO (eMagic) $999.00 USD <br> http://www.emagic.de/ <br> OS:  Mac OS X, 9; Windows (Logic Platinum 5.5.1) <br> Comments: Uses a USB dongle.
  
* [[ProTools]]  (Digidesign) ? <br> http://digidesign.com/ <br> OS: Windows 2000/XP; Mac OS 9.x/X <br> Comments: The de facto standard of the pro audio industry for tracking and mixing. Higher-priced versions require additional hardware, except [[ProTools]]  LE. Cumbersome at times, but the basic functions of Audacity closely emulate those of [[ProTools]] . <br>
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* Microsound (Micro Technology Unlimited, Raleigh NC ) Comment from a longtime user: No longer available or supported, this was one of the earliest audio editing suites and some of its features are still unsurpassed. For example:
Comments from another user: I think the last statement misrepresents the situation. Pro Tools is a high level professional audio production environment with many features well beyond those offered by Audacity. On a very basic level, region/clip based editing is possible in Pro Tools and not in Audacity. Pro Tools (along with the other major sequencers/editors) also offers real time effects processing with automation, cross fade editing and so on...  Pro Tools Free (which due to its price is a more relevant example for this Wiki page) is quite a lot more advanced than Audacity at this point, but unfortunately it has not been updated to work under modern operating systems (XP, OSX). <br>
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#'''Non-sequential Undo''' -- marking and cutting created  a "skip zone" or "amp zone" you could go back and undo, change or open at will.  
<br>Comments from a third user: Comparing Audacity to Pro-Tools is not a fair fight, it's like comparing Notepad (or TextEdit) to Microsoft Word.  Pro-Tools can do everything that Audacity does, it does it better, and does a whole lot more, but it costs a lot more money and it is more than most users will need.
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#'''Virtual Mixing''' - saves a lot of screen space compared to multitrack.  
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#Ability to switch from wave view to '''Segment View'''.  In the '''segment view''', you could add or read segment labels, line segments up, or drag them under one another for virtual mixing.
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# '''Segment stretching''': in segment view, the ends of the segments could also be dragged to expand to include more audio from the original file before or after what had been cut for the segment (this was possible because of non-destructive editing).
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#'''Positioning Window'''. Double-clicking (or copying) any segment from the segment view would move it up into a top portion of the screen that functioned as a kind of attic for storage of labeled segments - which could later be double-clicked down to any chosen point in the project.
  
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* Nuendo (Steinberg) $1499.99 <br> http://www.steinberg.net/ <br> OS:  Mac OS X; Windows 2000, XP <br> Comments: Steinberg's multi-track recording application. Audacity has all the basic functions of Nuendo.
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* ProTools  OS: Windows 2000/XP; Mac OS 9.x/X <br> Comments: The de facto standard of the pro audio industry for tracking and mixing. Higher-priced versions require additional hardware, except ProTools  LE. Cumbersome at times, but the basic functions of Audacity closely emulate those of ProTools. <br>Comments from another user: I think the last statement misrepresents the situation. Pro Tools is a high level professional audio production environment with many features well beyond those offered by Audacity. On a very basic level, region/clip based editing is possible in Pro Tools and not in Audacity. Pro Tools (along with the other major sequencers/editors) also offers real time effects processing with automation, cross fade editing and so on...  Pro Tools Free (which due to its price is a more relevant example for this Wiki page) is quite a lot more advanced than Audacity at this point, but unfortunately it has not been updated to work under modern operating systems (XP, Mac OS X). <br><br>Comments from a third user: Comparing Audacity to Pro-Tools is not a fair fight, it's like comparing Notepad (or TextEdit) to Microsoft Word.  Pro-Tools can do everything that Audacity does, it does it better, and does a whole lot more, but it costs a lot more money and it is more than most users will need.
  
 
* Rezound (?) GPL <br> http://rezound.sourceforge.net/ <br> OS:  Primarily Linux, but eventually hoped for others. <br> Comments:  No multitrack ability.  More of a wave editor than multitrack recording/editing solution.  Better for wave editing than Audacity.
 
* Rezound (?) GPL <br> http://rezound.sourceforge.net/ <br> OS:  Primarily Linux, but eventually hoped for others. <br> Comments:  No multitrack ability.  More of a wave editor than multitrack recording/editing solution.  Better for wave editing than Audacity.
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* Sonar (Cakewalk/Twelve Tone) $719.00 USD <br> http://cakewalk.com/ <br> OS:  Windows 2000/XP <br> Comments:   
 
* Sonar (Cakewalk/Twelve Tone) $719.00 USD <br> http://cakewalk.com/ <br> OS:  Windows 2000/XP <br> Comments:   
  
* [[SoundForge]]  7.0 (Sony) ? <br> http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/ <br> OS: Windows 2000/XP <br> Comments: Multi-track recording and editing program originally owned by Sonic Foundry. Super-easy editing platform with lots of built-in effects and processing.
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* [[SoundForge]]  7.0 (Sony) ? <br> http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/ <br> OS: Windows 2000/XP <br> Comments: Multi-track recording and editing application originally owned by Sonic Foundry. Super-easy editing platform with lots of built-in effects and processing. Comment from user: The features I would like Audacity to learn from SoundForge1) Large, clear, high-resolution, black on white wave image. This should be do-able for Audacity, no? Those of us with older eyes who like to do very precise editing need this feature. 2) The ability to click M during recording or playback and have a mark put over the track at that location. These marks are draggable, they can be used to define a zone for operations, and they have label flags.  They also don't disappear until purposely deleted, unlike the "split" command that can be used to define operation regions in Audacity.
 
 
* Soundtrack (Apple) $199.00 USD <br> http://www.apple.com/soundtrack/ <br> OS[[MacOS]] X, 9 <br> Comments: Can only record 2 channels simultaneously (?) though it can work with 126 tracks.
 
 
 
* Wavelab (Steinberg) $699.00 <br> http://www.steinberg.net/ <br> OS: Windows 2000/XP <br> Comments: Steinberg's audio editing and CD mastering platform. Although Audacity provides no CD mastering (i.e., track marks) or burning capability, it provides true non-destructive editing just like Wavelab's [[AudioMontage]] , where all the assembly takes place. Just click-and-drag a waveform, and move it wherever you want! True VST support.
 
  
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* Soundtrack (Apple) $199.00 USD <br> http://www.apple.com/soundtrack/ <br> OS:  Mac OS X, 9 <br> Comments:  Can only record 2 channels simultaneously (?) though it can work with 126 tracks.
  
NOTE: I added this page, but I don't know how it compares, so I can't answer! I hope others might take a stab.
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* Wavelab (Steinberg) $699.00 <br> http://www.steinberg.net/ <br> OS: Windows 2000/XP <br> Comments: Steinberg's audio editing and CD mastering platform. Although Audacity provides no CD mastering (i.e., track marks) or burning capability, it provides true non-destructive editing just like Wavelab's '''AudioMontage''' , where all the assembly takes place. Just click-and-drag a waveform, and move it wherever you want! True VST support.
  
* [[GarageBand]]  for Mac - I'm considering switching to GB from Audacity, but haven't used GB yet, so not sure atm.  anyone have any comments?
 
** You will experience some nagging inabilities, but it is a good deal more efficient for the creative process. Limitations: No Rate-Changes (alway 44.1kHz), only about 1h of recording _possible_ (stumbled into this when trying to record a longer session *grmpf*), uses quite much CPU and when you have other tasks running it often stops recording (with errors like "disk too slow" or "too many tracks"), where Audacity goes on recording. But except from these it is really worth the price, especially because of the real-time effects and presets (like echo and reverb and some more presets for "live"-sounding voice, rock-guitar, etc.). But you won't be able to ever go on from the Mac to other Systems, if you want to stick to GB for a longer time. - [[ArneBab]]  ( http://draketo.de )
 
  
  
** Garage Band exports 16bit 44.1khz <em>AIFF</em> (.aif) audio, aiff is the standard audio format for Macs (essentially the same as <em>Wave</em> (.wav) files in Windows), so while your Garage Band <em>project</em> files will only work with a Mac you can easily import aif files to any decent Windows or Linux based audio software.
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The information on this page are likely out-of-date and will not be updated in the forseeable future. It may be removed at any time.
Peter 13Apr16: ToDo-2 This page looks to be well out of date and needs a good refresh if we intend to keeep it.
  • Peter 20Apr16: It's almost an orphan anyway it's only really linked to by Comparative Analysis and that in its turn is only linked to from James' user page.

Other audio editing applications and how Audacity compares.

Note: Some applications listed here are much more than just audio editors and the comparison isn't really valid.

  • Adobe Audition $299 USD
    http://www.adobe.com/products/audition/main.html
    OS: Windows 98, 2000, XP
    Comments: Similar capabilities to Audacity with these also available:
    Batch processing, Truncate Silence, Click Removal.
    Audition is Adobe's renamed version of the famous "CoolEdit" application which they bought from Syntrillium in 2004. (?) Audition has very good quality noise removal compared to Audacity. It also has a clips list feature.
  • Cubase SX (Steinberg) $799.99 USD
    http://cubase.com/
    OS: Mac OS X; Windows 2000, XP
    Comments: Steinberg's music sequencing application.
    Comments from another user: Cubase is a different product line and so does not compare to Audacity, rather does Steinberg's Wavelab.
  • GarageBand
    OS: macOS
    Comments: Easy for beginners; limited. Bundled with macOS.
  • Logic Express (eMagic) $299.00 USD
    http://www.emagic.de/
    OS: Mac OS X, 9
    Comments: Limited to 12 input channels. Uses a USB dongle.
  • Logic PRO (eMagic) $999.00 USD
    http://www.emagic.de/
    OS: Mac OS X, 9; Windows (Logic Platinum 5.5.1)
    Comments: Uses a USB dongle.
  • Microsound (Micro Technology Unlimited, Raleigh NC ) Comment from a longtime user: No longer available or supported, this was one of the earliest audio editing suites and some of its features are still unsurpassed. For example:
  1. Non-sequential Undo -- marking and cutting created a "skip zone" or "amp zone" you could go back and undo, change or open at will.
  2. Virtual Mixing - saves a lot of screen space compared to multitrack.
  3. Ability to switch from wave view to Segment View. In the segment view, you could add or read segment labels, line segments up, or drag them under one another for virtual mixing.
  4. Segment stretching: in segment view, the ends of the segments could also be dragged to expand to include more audio from the original file before or after what had been cut for the segment (this was possible because of non-destructive editing).
  5. Positioning Window. Double-clicking (or copying) any segment from the segment view would move it up into a top portion of the screen that functioned as a kind of attic for storage of labeled segments - which could later be double-clicked down to any chosen point in the project.
  • Nuendo (Steinberg) $1499.99
    http://www.steinberg.net/
    OS: Mac OS X; Windows 2000, XP
    Comments: Steinberg's multi-track recording application. Audacity has all the basic functions of Nuendo.
  • ProTools OS: Windows 2000/XP; Mac OS 9.x/X
    Comments: The de facto standard of the pro audio industry for tracking and mixing. Higher-priced versions require additional hardware, except ProTools LE. Cumbersome at times, but the basic functions of Audacity closely emulate those of ProTools.
    Comments from another user: I think the last statement misrepresents the situation. Pro Tools is a high level professional audio production environment with many features well beyond those offered by Audacity. On a very basic level, region/clip based editing is possible in Pro Tools and not in Audacity. Pro Tools (along with the other major sequencers/editors) also offers real time effects processing with automation, cross fade editing and so on... Pro Tools Free (which due to its price is a more relevant example for this Wiki page) is quite a lot more advanced than Audacity at this point, but unfortunately it has not been updated to work under modern operating systems (XP, Mac OS X).

    Comments from a third user: Comparing Audacity to Pro-Tools is not a fair fight, it's like comparing Notepad (or TextEdit) to Microsoft Word. Pro-Tools can do everything that Audacity does, it does it better, and does a whole lot more, but it costs a lot more money and it is more than most users will need.
  • Rezound (?) GPL
    http://rezound.sourceforge.net/
    OS: Primarily Linux, but eventually hoped for others.
    Comments: No multitrack ability. More of a wave editor than multitrack recording/editing solution. Better for wave editing than Audacity.
  • SoundForge 7.0 (Sony) ?
    http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/
    OS: Windows 2000/XP
    Comments: Multi-track recording and editing application originally owned by Sonic Foundry. Super-easy editing platform with lots of built-in effects and processing. Comment from user: The features I would like Audacity to learn from SoundForge: 1) Large, clear, high-resolution, black on white wave image. This should be do-able for Audacity, no? Those of us with older eyes who like to do very precise editing need this feature. 2) The ability to click M during recording or playback and have a mark put over the track at that location. These marks are draggable, they can be used to define a zone for operations, and they have label flags. They also don't disappear until purposely deleted, unlike the "split" command that can be used to define operation regions in Audacity.
  • Soundtrack (Apple) $199.00 USD
    http://www.apple.com/soundtrack/
    OS: Mac OS X, 9
    Comments: Can only record 2 channels simultaneously (?) though it can work with 126 tracks.
  • Wavelab (Steinberg) $699.00
    http://www.steinberg.net/
    OS: Windows 2000/XP
    Comments: Steinberg's audio editing and CD mastering platform. Although Audacity provides no CD mastering (i.e., track marks) or burning capability, it provides true non-destructive editing just like Wavelab's AudioMontage , where all the assembly takes place. Just click-and-drag a waveform, and move it wherever you want! True VST support.