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Audacity
Audacity Audacity
Audacity by Audacity Team is an Audio Plugin Host for macOS, Windows and Linux. It functions as a LADSPA Plugin. It can host VST Plugins, Audio Units Plugins, LADSPA Plugins and LV2 Plugins.
Product
Version
3.1.3
System Requirements
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista.
Product
Version
3.1.3
System Requirements
macOS 10.7 to macOS 11
Product
Version
3.1.3
Can Host
Effects
Sample Formats
Loads and/or Saves
AAC, AC3, AIFF, AUP, AUP3, FLAC, M4A, MIDI, MP3, OGG, Ogg Vorbis, OPUS, RAW, SND, ULAW, WAV, WAV 16-Bit, WAV 24-Bit, WAV 32-bit, WMA
Copy Protection
None
Open Source
GPL
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).
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Audacity is a free multi-track wave (audio) editor.

Features:

  • 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.

Audacity 3.0.0

We're pleased to announce release of Audacity 3.0.0 which replaces all previous versions for Windows, macOS and Linux.

New .aup3 Project Format

Audacity 3.0.0 is a major update on our previous Audacity 2.4.2. We've changed the format in which we save Audacity projects! Previously we saved projects as a sometimes large number of small files, with an '.aup' file to coordinate the lot. This way of doing things is sometimes called 'pile of files' storage.

The problem, which happened all too often, was that data files and .aup file parted ways. Users quite reasonably expected the .aup file to contain the entire project. Well, the new .aup3 file does contain the data as well. The technical detail is that we are using an open source database, SQLite3, to store everything in one .aup3 file. That all happens 'behind the scenes'. SQLite3 is open source, and it is a delight to work with. Nevertheless, this was a huge change, and we decided it was too risky to include many other changes we wanted to make at the same time – so 3.0.0 is almost entirely about this big format change.

Working with .aup3 projects editing audio should on most machines be a little faster than before, because there are fewer files being worked on. Finishing and closing a project at the end of working can be quite a lot slower, since there is more to do when a project is closed. We think the trade offs are worth it.

Label Sounds & Noise Gate

We did have time to improve our 'Noise Gate' effect and add a new analyser, 'Label Sounds', that can label sounds and silences. We also made a few small tweaks elsewhere. You can now import and export macros, and there are a couple of new commands for using the last used tool or last used analyser that you can give shortcuts to.

Bugs fixed

We also fixed over 160 bugs that had been accumulating over the years. This is quite a staggering amount of work. The majority of these bugs were minor problems, easily worked around. Some though were really juicy high priority bugs that would have mattered a lot to the people affected by them. We're really glad to have these bugs fixed now.

We hope you enjoy using Audacity 3.0.0 as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

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Discussion: Active
mbh60
mbh60
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!

broomfield
broomfield
14 May 2019 at 9:47am

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

LWW
LWW
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.

slowdazzzle
slowdazzzle
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....:)

MutantHero
MutantHero
10 November 2019 at 10:09pm

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

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