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Experienced users should head down to this section in this document.
a free cross platform audio editor.
For new users to Audacity, see the Tutorial in five parts for some basics on digital audio, setting up Audacity, selecting, aligning, and recording.
Audacity is currently in version 1.2.3.
This is a stable release of Audacity; it has been tested and works well for most people.
However, it comes with no guarantee, and we depend on your feedback in order to continue
to improve on it. Please check our website for the latest version.
Audacity is a collaborative project,
so there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved if you're interested!
What can you do with Audacity?
Audacity is a program that manipulates digital audio waveforms. In addition to recording sounds directly from within the program, it imports many sound file formats, including WAV, AIFF, MP3, and Ogg Vorbis. PCM formats of 8,16,24 and 32-bits can be imported and exported.
What can't Audacity do?
Although Audacity is a very powerful audio editor that works with an unlimited number tracks of virtually unlimited size, it cannot do everything. It cannot :
How does it work - a quick intro for experienced users
Audacity works with tracks, that contain one audio file. This file is editable and all actions are undoable. Undo's are instantaneous.
Almost anything is undoable, including importing and deleting tracks!
There are no inserts, auxes or buses yet.
All versions can use LADSPA plugins, and the Windows and Mac versions can use VST plugins using the VST Enabler (a separate download).
There is volume automation via the envelope tool.
A grid can be activated for each track, and snapping can be switched on as well.
What makes Audacity unique?