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  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
Latest version:
2.0.2 24/08/12
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Audacity is fully compatible with:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows 2003
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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Available languages

  • English


Comprehensive audio recorder and editing suite

Jon Riggall

Recent changes

  • Interface
  • Selection Toolbar: a value for the previous whole second displayed if the value was close to a whole second.
  • Finding zero crossings could cause the selection to expand into white space at either side of the clip.
  • Clips did not drag to another track if mouse was over a selection.
  • Mixer Board: Rendering four tracks resulted in a redundant Track Strip followed by a crash.
  • Imports, Exports and Files
  • Exporting to WAV or AIFF led to a "Libsndfile says" error or corrupted output due to order of metadata in imported files.
  • Effects and Analysis
  • Normalize: Fixed issues where normalization could be to wrong value if applied with DC offset correction, or if applied to "read-directly" WAV and AIFF files before On-Demand completed.
  • Sliding Time Scale: fixed an audible discontinuity at the beginning of the processed selection; fixed a serious quality problem on Linux 64-bit.
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes
  • including fix to prevent zooming with mouse wheel or ball scrolling the content off-screen.
  • Changes and Improvements
  • Shortcuts can now be added in Keyboard Preferences to items in the Generate, Effect or Analyze menus, including user-added plug-ins
  • Nyquist Effect plug-ins can now be added to Chains
  • New "Paulstretch" effect for extreme slowdown without pitch change
  • New "Sample Data Export" Analyze effect for exporting a file containing amplitude values for each sample in the selection
  • New Preference (off by default) to import files On-Demand (without seek ability) when using the optional FFmpeg library
  • New Preference (off by default) to retain labels when deleting a selection that snaps to the label without extending past it
  • (Windows installer) New option to reset Preferences on next launch.
  • CleanSpeech Mode (no longer supported) will not now be enabled even if it was enabled by an earlier version of Audacity
  • Added Serbian (Latin and Cyrillic) translations

Audacity supports the following formats

AIFF, WAV, AU, IRCAM, MP3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis

Review last updated: 02/07/12

  • Support for many formats
  • Lots of special effects
  • Easy to learn
  • Effects can be previewed, and undone easily
  • Ugly interface

"Distortion with a laptop"

The way big majority of Windows laptops have a Mic-In that's mono, not stereo and produces distortion if you try to plug anything other than a microphone into it. For those people, we recommend the Behringer UCA202 stereo audio adapter or equivalent. (i.e. kozco)

There is a version of this that has a phonograph amplifier built-in so if you're transferring vinyl, there are no extra steps in the process. UFO-202.

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