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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, LADSPA Plugins and LV2 Plugins.
Audacity Audacity
Product Audacity
Developer Audacity Team
Price (MSRP)
Type / Tags Audio Editor
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Operating System Availability
Download Released
Downloads Released
System Requirements
Minimum requirements:
Windows Vista (home): 512 MB / 1 GHz
Windows 7 / 8 (32-bit): 1 GB / 1 GHz
Windows 10: 2 GB / 1 GHz

Windows Vista (home): 2 GB / 1 GHz
Windows 7 or later: 4 GB / 2 GHz
Downloads Released
System Requirements
OS X 10.7 and later
macOS 10.12 Sierra
macOS 10.13 High Sierra
macOS 10.14 Mojave
Downloads Released
Supported Sample Formats (loads or saves) include
AIFF, FLAC, MP2, MP3, OGG, WAV, WAV 24-Bit, WAV 32-bit
Miscellaneous Information
Copy ProtectionNone
Important Note
Audacity is designed for recording, analyzing, editing and processing audio. Audacity does not support MIDI recording (import, export, basic editing and playback only).

Audacity is a free multi-track wave (audio) editor.


  • Full record and edit functionality.
  • Import and export WAV, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, MP3 and more.
  • Unlimited Undo.
  • Amplitude envelope editor.
  • Customizable spectrogram mode.
  • Frequency analysis window.
  • Many built-in effects.
  • Macros and Scripting options.
  • Supports VST, AU and LV2 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!

14 May 2019 at 9:47am

Audacity does not support BFD Eco as a plug-in.

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....:)

10 November 2019 at 10:09pm

Is there a method to export with loop points, as in, for my sampler?

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