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 Audacity by Audacity Team is an Audio Plugin Host. It functions as a LADSPA Plugin. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins and LADSPA Plugins.
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Audacity is a free wave (audio) editor.


  • Full record and edit functionality.
  • Import and export WAV, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 files.
  • Unlimited Undo.
  • Amplitude envelope editor.
  • Customizable spectrogram mode.
  • Frequency analysis window.
  • Built-in effects include Echo, Change Tempo, and Noise Removal.
  • Supports VST, AU and LADSPA plug-ins.
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Discussion: Active
1 January 2012 at 4:35pm

Does anyone know if BFD Eco can be used "inside" Audacity, as a "plug in"? I am kind of new to all this jazz and don't really understand "VST/AU/RTAS-compatible hosts" and such. If Audacity is compatible as a host, where would I find information on how to make that work? Thanks so much to anyone who takes the time to provide helpful info!

12 February 2012 at 12:55am

Hello. Audacity cannot host or make use of VSTs (virtual studio technology) instruments, at the moment it is a programme used to record and edit audio files. For VST hosting you would have to look at DAWs (digital audio workstations), most aren't free although there seems to be software available at no cost. These include 'Anvil Studio' by Willow Software, and 'Kristal Audio Engine' by Kreatives.org, both can be downloaded from this website.

There are also very good quality VSTs available to download for free, try the 'Kontakt Player' by Native Instruments and download their free 'factory selection' instruments set that you can load into the player and make use of.

I hope this has helped - more information could be found through google and typing something like "home studio recording", there will be lots of websites to choose from.

All the best and good luck.

12 May 2012 at 10:56am

The DAW to get is "Reaper". One can get a full license for $60, as long as your revenue is under $20K. It's the best deal out there and the best DAW. And it is only $225 for a license if your revenue is over $20K. I am surprised KVR doesn't mention it more and that it isn't ranked #1 for DAW's....:)

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